Many people dread having their teeth cleaned. They fear the strange noises and having different tools in their mouths. However, having your teeth cleaned is painless and straightforward.
If you know what is going to happen during your dental cleanings in Uptown Houston, nearby the Galleria area, it may help ease the stress you are having.
Most dental cleanings are done by a dental hygienist. Before they start to clean your teeth, they begin by doing a physical examination of your entire oral cavity.
Your dental hygienist will use a small mirror to look at your gums and teeth to check for inflamed gums (gingivitis) or other possible concerns.
If they find any significant issues, the dental hygienist will bring the dentist in to make sure it is ok to move forward.
By using the little mirror as a guidance tool, the hygienist will begin utilizing a scaler to get rid of the tartar and plaque attached around the gum line and between your teeth.
By flossing and brushing between your dental cleanings at our office in Uptown Houston, nearby the Galleria area, you can prevent plaque from building up and hardening into the tartar. Once tartar develops, it cannot be removed anyway except at the dentist’s office. Removing tartar is probably the worst part of teeth cleaning, making for a good lesson for people to floss and brush more often.
Once the hygienist gets the tartar completely removed from your teeth, the hygienist will clean them further with a high-powered electric toothbrush.
When you have your teeth professionally cleaned, the hygienist uses toothpaste that tastes and smells like plain toothpaste. You may notice that it has a grittier texture that will scrub your teeth gently. This gritty toothpaste is safe to use two times a year. It is too harsh to be used all the time at home because it will wear down your enamel.
Our dental hygienist in Uptown Houston, nearby the Galleria area, can get deep down between your teeth and find any possible trouble areas where you might be bleeding at the gums.
To schedule a dental cleaning in the Uptown Houston/Galleria area, give our dental practice a call.