Dental cleaning treatments are a vital ingredient in maintaining your oral health and keeping your smile in pristine condition. By undergoing only 2 cleanings a year, you can greatly reduce the risk of developing gum disease, plaque buildup, and advanced tooth decay. Although the process can seem intimidating due to the presence of drills, electric brushes and scrapers, dental cleanings are generally painless and provide patients with valuable best practices to incorporate into their brushing routine . Below is a breakdown of what you can expect at your next Childsmiles dental cleaning.

Physical Exam

Before beginning the cleaning process, a dental hygienist will perform a physical exam of your mouth. Using a small mirror, they’ll inspect the teeth and gums for any signs of poor health, including inflamed gums and dark spots on teeth. It any problems are detected, the hygienist may consult with your dentist on next steps.

Plaque and tartar treatment 

At this point, the dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from the teeth using a scraper. While this can produce an unpleasant sound, plaque and tartar treatment is not an invasive procedure and should be painless. The length of this treatment is entirely dependent on the quality of your oral hygiene. If your mouth contains a significant amount of tartar i.e. hardened plaque that results from a lack of brushing or poor brushing technique, this procedure will be more involved. Note that if you have gingivitis, your gums may bleed and experience minor soreness following treatment.

Toothpaste cleaning

Once the plaque and tartar removal process is complete, your hygienist will go to work removing unsightly teeth stains. To begin, you’ll be asked to choose a flavor of professional grade toothpaste. Following your selection, the hygienist will use a high powered electric brush to thoroughly scrub the teeth, cleaning off any remaining debris and polishing your teeth to a healthy shine.

Flossing

Next, your hygienist will floss between teeth, removing plaque and toothpaste left behind during the brushing stage. They will also use this time to identify problematic areas in your mouth and discuss flossing techniques to use moving forward. During this discussion, you’ll have the opportunity to rinse and clear your mouth of any remnants left over from the procedure.

Fluoride treatment

Fluoride treatment helps fortify your teeth against cavities for several months and is the final step in the dental cleaning process. To begin, the hygienist will insert a mouthpiece coated with fluoride foam or gel for approximately one minute. Then, fluoride varnish is applied to your teeth with a small brush, providing an additional layer of protection against tooth decay.