What are the steps of dental cleaning session

What are the steps of dental cleaning session

Posted by Dr. Micah Thornley on Jun 17 2022, 03:14 PM

Many patients are not aware that they need a dental cleaning appointment every six months. It helps to maintain good dental health.  Listed below are the steps of a dental cleaning session provided at a dental practice. 

Exam

Before cleaning your teeth, the dentist conducts a full exam. This exam is much like your regular checkup appointments, except the dentist takes a closer look at your teeth and gums to ensure there aren’t any cavities or signs of gum disease. She will then thoroughly clean your teeth. This is an important step, as it removes plaque and tartar buildup that regular brushing can’t.

X-rays

Dentists use x-rays for a comprehensive exam. They can see potential dangers that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Dentists will diagnose any issues with x-rays, including cavities, bone loss, abscesses, and gum disease. Patients that wear braces will need x-rays to ensure that their treatment is progressing as planned.

Ultrasonic scaling

The dentist or hygienist will provide a thorough dental cleaning procedure. This includes scaling, which is the removal of plaque and tartar from the tooth’s surface. The dentist or dental hygienist will use professional tools to scrape plaque and tartar from the teeth. Then an ultrasonic scaler is used to further remove plaque and tartar.

Polishing

After your teeth have been cleaned, your dental hygienist will polish your teeth to remove stains and plaque buildup. They’ll use an electric tool or special paste that works to remove these substances from your teeth.

Fluoride treatment

The dentist or dental hygienist may apply a fluoride treatment to help strengthen the enamel of your teeth.

Conclusion

After your dental cleaning, your dentist will discuss your follow-up appointment. Typically, this appointment will be scheduled within six months which is the ideal period to undergo a complete dental examination. Patients who have gum disease may have an earlier appointment for dental cleaning session. 

We request you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (435) 713-0096 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll be happy to help.

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