What Should I Expect at a Dental Cleaning?

By Montefiore Medical Center
September 15, 2018

Routine Dental Care Bronx NYMoving to a new state or city is a big feat. There’s a lot to plan, organize, and execute. But after you’ve settled into the new house and the kids are making new friends at their new school, you should add one more thing to your list: finding a new dentist.

Finding a dentist when you’re experiencing tooth pain is stressful, and getting regular cleanings can help avoid serious dental work down the road. Keep reading for a refresher on what happens during a basic dental cleaning.

Before the Cleaning

Prior to anyone touching your teeth, you will be asked if you are experiencing any sensitivity or issues with your teeth. This helps avoid any discomfort that may come from a routine cleaning. Some cavities can be quite painful, so if you have one make sure to speak up.

If it has been longer than a year (or you are seeing a new dentist), you may be asked to have new X-rays taken. X-rays simply let us see more about the health of your teeth, especially when it comes to hidden aspects like the roots of the teeth. X-rays are taken quickly and often without any discomfort. If you have tooth pain and cannot bite down on the x-ray film, let us know and we will accommodate.

The Cleaning

During your cleaning, the hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. This is generally done with small electronic tools, but handheld tools might be used to get into certain spots, too.

After the plaque and tartar is removed, your hygienist will floss every tooth to make sure there is no residual plaque left behind. If you feel anything sharp, it is likely a little bit left behind. Let them know and it will be whisked away.

The last step in the cleaning is a gentle polish. A spinning toothbrush-like tool is used to go over every tooth, brightening your smile overall. You might also be asked if you want fluoride treatments at this time.

Examination

After the cleaning, your dentist will come in to examine your teeth. They will look at your X-rays and determine if you have any cavities or issues that need further work. For example, a root canal or a crown may be needed if you have substantial decay.

Having regular cleanings can help you avoid serious work like root canals, so call  (888) 700-6623 today to schedule a consultation with one of our excellent dentists.

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