Teeth Cleaning in Sarasota, FL
Some dental patients who come into our office believe teeth cleaning is nothing more than a simple polishing of their tooth enamel. While tooth polishing is part of the teeth cleaning process, it’s not all. That’s because plaque can exist below your gum line, and if it’s not removed through our professional teeth cleaning, it can damage the bone that supports your teeth. This can cause your teeth to become loose and potentially fall out.
Because of dental phobias and anxieties, many individuals might fear having their teeth cleaned; some might even avoid the process completely, which could have detrimental effects on their teeth.
Having a good understanding of what you can expect from your teeth cleaning procedure here at Dr. Kenneth Schweizer’s dental office can help you experience the procedure stress-free.
What to Expect During a Professional Teeth Cleaning
Here are the steps to a teeth cleaning procedure:
- Teeth and Gum Exam
Before the hygienist starts the cleaning process, they’ll use a small concave mirror to look inside your mouth and check for any signs of oral issues, like:
- Tartar and plaque buildup
- Inflamed gums
- Dark spots on your teeth
- Gum recession
This will help the hygienist know where to target during the cleaning. If you have more serious problems like gum disease or cavities, the hygienist will likely inform Dr. Schweizer, and he’ll perform a more thorough exam, in addition to his basic exam.
- Plaque and Tartar Removal
The hygienist then uses the small mirror to guide them while they use a scaler to eliminate the tartar and plaque in between your teeth and around your gum line. It’s normal to hear a scraping sound, and the more tartar you have in your mouth, the more scraping will be needed in that particular area.
- Teeth Cleaning With Gritty Toothpaste
Once the hygienist gets your teeth totally free of tartar, they’ll brush your teeth using a high-powered electric brush. It will make a grinding noise. While it might be a scary sound, it’s not painful, and it’s the perfect way of deep cleaning and removing any leftover tartar from the scaler.
The gritty toothpaste will taste and smell like normal toothpaste, but it’s a professional type. You can sometimes choose the flavor you want. The gritty consistency of this professional toothpaste will scrub your teeth gently. When the hygienist does it, this teeth polishing is deemed safe to be done twice yearly. You don’t want to be harsh like this when brushing your teeth at home daily because you’ll wear down the enamel of your teeth.
- Professional Flossing
Whether you regularly floss at home or not, a professional floss can do wonders for your teeth. The hygienist can get between your teeth deeply and identify potential troubling spots where you may be experiencing gum bleeding (or could).
Professional flossing at the dentist’s office may seem pointless if you’ve been flossing regularly at home, but having an expert floss your teeth will help to remove any leftover toothpaste or plaque from the earlier cleaning treatment. Remember, you should always floss your teeth at home, daily preferably.
Now, you’ll rinse your mouth out to eliminate any debris. The hygienist will typically provide you with a rinse containing liquid fluoride.
- Fluoride Application
At the end of your cleaning treatment, the hygienist will likely give you a fluoride treatment. Again, you get to pick the flavor you want. It’s a fluoride gel the hygienist places inside a mouthpiece. You wear it for around a minute.
Benefits of a Professional Teeth Cleaning
- Stopping or reversing gum disease and preventing potential tooth loss. A major cause of adult tooth loss is gum disease, which begins with plaque buildup. As the gum disease becomes more advanced, plaque moves down your tooth further where it could damage your jaw supporting bone and cause your teeth to become loose and fall out. Fortunately, you can greatly reduce this from occurring through routine dental cleanings and good oral hygiene habits.
- Improving overall health. Many studies have shown an association between oral health and overall health. Routine teeth cleaning from the dentist can decrease your risk of a variety of diseases.
- Preventing bad breath. Routine expert teeth cleaning means enhanced oral health. And, great oral health means a healthy mouth and fresh breath.
- Preventing cavities. The plaque film that covers your teeth is a big reason for tooth decay. Plaque is an acidic substance that begins to eat away at your enamel. If it’s not regularly removed, it can lead to cavities. Having your teeth cleaned in Dr. Schweizer’s office can help eliminate plaque which can prevent cavities.
- Brightening your smile. Using tobacco and drinking tea, coffee, or wine can stain your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning can help remove stains and polish up your teeth, leaving you with a brighter, whiter smile.
What to Do After Your Teeth Cleaning
After your teeth have been cleaned completely, Dr. Schweizer might recommend further dental treatments depending on what your mouth’s current condition is. He may recommend additional dental examinations and tests before he recommends a treatment plan.
Taking care of your oral health at home shouldn’t keep you from receiving professional care at the dentist’s office, including teeth cleaning. It needs to be an ongoing process. Dr. Schweizer will give you some suggestions for at-home treatments you can use to ensure your oral health stays intact.
After your professional teeth cleaning, it’s essential you follow any aftercare instructions Dr. Schweizer provides you. Remember, routine professional teeth cleanings at our dental office combined with great oral hygiene habits at your house can help prevent any dental issues and help your overall health.
Call us at 941-926-4888 to schedule your teeth cleaning appointment in Sarasota, FL today.