Posted on: 3 February 2019
If you don't remember your last dental cleaning, then this is a bad sign, and also a sign that you should set up an appointment for one. You may be nervous about getting your teeth professionally cleaned if you aren't familiar with the process and especially if you already have a fear of the dentist. Learn about the benefits of a cleaning and the steps involved so you can feel better about making that call.
Know the benefits of a dental cleaning
The more you understand about the benefits of a professional dental cleaning, the more you may feel better about your decision to have your teeth cleaned. Not only does that cleaning remove plaque, which you likely already knew, but that cleaning will also reduce your chances of developing gum disease. That cleaning will also help you to have fresher breath, which your significant other and those you work with daily will appreciate. That dental cleaning will also give you a whiter smile by removing stains and normal discoloration that naturally happens with time.
Understand the steps involved
If you are still fearful of getting that dental cleaning, then learning the steps involved should help set your mind at ease.
The first thing that will happen is a dental exam. This is nothing to worry about and is completely painless. The exam involves the dental hygienist looking at your teeth and using a small mirror to look at the back of your teeth.
The dental hygienist will then remove tartar from your teeth using a small device called a 'scaler'. While you will hear scraping, this is also painless. An important thing to know is once you have tartar build-up on your teeth, the only way to get rid of it is to have it scraped off at the dentist's office.
The next step involves a special toothpaste being used with a high-speed electric toothbrush to brush your teeth. The sound of the toothbrush will be the only thing that may be worrisome, and again, there is no pain involved with this.
The last step is to get rid of the toothpaste left in your mouth, as well as any tartar by using a special suction tool. If anything, you may find this process to be a bit entertaining. They will also use another tool to put water in your mouth to rinse your teeth off, then use the suction tool again to remove that water.
Enjoy a fresh mouth
Once you finally get in and have your teeth cleaned, you will know your smile is looking as good as possible and your breath is fresh. Now that you understand more about a cleaning, you should make that call to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning.Share