What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning? Dentist Jenison, MIOne of the secrets to a healthy smile is seeing your dentist for a teeth cleaning every 6 months. Not only do we remove plaque and tartar during a teeth cleaning, but we also catch oral health problems in their early stages.

Aren’t sure what to expect from preventive dentistry? Continue reading to learn what happens during a teeth cleaning. We believe that informed patients make the best patients.

What to Expect During a Teeth Cleaning

Examine Teeth and Gums

First, a dental hygienist will examine your teeth and gums with a small mirror. If it’s been awhile since your last dental checkup, the exam may reveal obvious signs of tooth decay or even gum disease. If this is the case, the dental hygienist will pass this information along to your dentist so they can determine how to proceed.

Remove Plaque and Tartar

Dental hygienists use a special tool called a scaler to gently scrape away plaque on teeth. While brushing and flossing teeth at home is all well and good, you should also see your dentist every 6 months for a routine checkup.

Only a dental professional will be able to remove hardened plaque (tartar) from your smile. A dental hygienist will also be able to remove plaque hiding in between teeth and along the gum line. Dental plaque buildup is one of the leading causes of cavities and gingivitis, which is why it’s important you schedule an appointment with your dental office to remove plaque from teeth.

Brush Teeth with Gritty Toothpaste

The toothpaste we use at our dentist office is different from what you use at home. We use gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth so you can smile with confidence. We have a variety of flavored toothpastes for you to choose from, which include vanilla and mint.

The dental hygienist will use a high-powered toothbrush to clean your teeth, which makes a loud whirring sound. If you have dental anxiety, it’s important to remember that a dental cleaning should never hurt.

Floss Between Teeth

One of the last steps of your dental cleaning is for the hygienist to floss between teeth. This is an important step because it removes plaque hiding in between teeth so you can maintain good oral health. While flossing, the dental hygienist will also be able to spot areas where your gum bleeds.

Bleeding gums is just one of many signs you could have gingivitis (early gum disease). It’s important to schedule dentist appointments twice a year so you can catch oral health issues as soon as possible. It’s never too late to start caring for your smile.

Rinse Mouth

The dental hygienist will spray some water in your mouth and tell you to swish. Rinsing is one of the final steps because it removes residual toothpaste, plaque, and other debris.

Final Checkup with Dentist

Once you’re done with your teeth cleaning, your dentist will come in to do the final checkup. If no problems are found, you’re all set. You’ll be asked to set up your next dentist teeth cleaning in 6 months time. Teeth cleaning side effects include having a beautiful healthy smile. However, some patients may experience bleeding gums if there are other oral health issues going on.

Dr. John M. McMahon DDS and Dr. John F. McMahon DDS want to help you maintain a healthy smile through preventive dentistry. To schedule your next teeth cleaning with one of our dentists in Jenison MI, call McMahon Family Dental at (616) 457-2710.