If you’re nervous about visiting the dentist to have your teeth cleaned, you’re not alone. Many people are understandably apprehensive toward the poking, prodding, scraping, noises, and rare jaw or gum discomfort. At Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry, however, we pride ourselves on making your experience as comfortable and painless as possible so you can enjoy the minty-fresh results of a beautiful, healthy smile.
Most negativity toward oral cleanings is derived from misinformation and a lack of education on what the treatment involves. It’s our goal to dispel that fear and ignorance with the facts. If you or a loved one are due for a dental cleaning and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to schedule a visit. You can reach us to make an appointment at 360-659-8100, 360-863-8700, 425-367-4149, 360-339-8000.
Why You Should Get a Dental Cleaning
Maintaining proper oral hygiene is necessary to keep your teeth healthy and protect them from undesired damage, gum disease, tooth decay, enamel deterioration, cavities, or teeth falling out. Brushing and flossing at least twice every day, helps prevent accumulation of plaque and bacteria. We in the industry refer to both this daily upkeep and professional cleanings as the practice of preventive dentistry.
When You Should Get a Dental Cleaning
Everyone is generally recommended to schedule a cleaning at least every six months to reinforce dental care at home. As important as brushing and flossing well is, there may still be spots you miss, have difficulty reaching, or are unable to clean quite as deeply. That’s where we come in. A professional cleaning enables us to use special tools to find and fully clean the areas of your mouth which may require extra attention.
What Happens During a Dental Exam?
Before the cleaning begins, we must complete your dental exams and diagnostic services:
|•||The doctor will review your medical history with you and update it if required. This can include data about heart issues, medications, or any other relevant factors which could affect your health.
|•||Oral cancer screening & examination.
|•||Evaluation of the patient’s gum tissue (Ex- For bleeding, which is a sign of negligent flossing).
|•||Examination for any abnormalities in the patient’s bite, chewing and swallowing patterns.
|•||X-rays of the patient’s teeth to look for signs of tooth decay.
|•||Referral to a specialist, if a specific procedure is determined to be necessary.|
Once preparations are done, preventive services are next. This cleaning process may include:
|•||Eliminating plaque and tartar.
|•||Applying of fluoride.
|•||Sealants (for children).
|•||Tooth polishing (for any crowns and fillings as well).|
Lastly, the doctor will finish up the treatment before checking the results, giving their approval, and leaving you with some educational tips:
|•||Instructions on proper flossing & brushing technique.
|•||Nutritional counseling for foods less harmful to your teeth.
|•||Recommending when to make a follow-up appointment for future hygiene treatment, periodontal (gum) concerns, or restorative options.
|•||Evaluating how proper your home-care preventive dentistry is and where it can be improved.|
Do Dental Cleanings Hurt?
For patients who already practice good everyday dental hygiene at home with proper flossing and brushing technique, cleanings are usually painless with no discomfort. People who neglect these responsibilities and engage in poor oral habits, however, are more likely to feel some jaw or gum discomfort or sensitivity during the procedure. Luckily, such cases can easily be facilitated with a topical anesthetic administered before the cleaning, to ease any pain.
Remember, to make an appointment for a dental cleaning at Puget Sound Pediatric Dentistry or ask any questions, call us at 360-659-8100, 360-863-8700, 425-367-4149, 360-339-8000.