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What's Happening In Your Mouth During A Routine Dental Check-Up And Cleaning

Last updated 6 years ago

Are you curious about what goes on during a routine dental check-up? Check-ups are extremely beneficial to your dental hygiene. Here are the main components of a regular dental cleaning:

  • Cleaning. While regular brushing and flossing is crucial for keeping your teeth clean, only a dentist can get your teeth thoroughly cleaned and remove any hardened plaque, also known as tartar or calculus. Using metal hand instruments, your dentist will painlessly clean your teeth, making sure that they are rid of built-up plaque.
  • Polishing. Once your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, your dentist will begin to polish your teeth with an abrasive substance and fluoride. This helps remove surface stains and leftover plaque. To achieve the dazzling smile you’ve always wanted, make sure you see your dentist for a routine cleaning.
  • Preventing. Your dental hygienist will be able to assess your dental hygiene needs once he/she has taken a good look at your teeth. With this information, your dentist will be able to recommend how to effectively clean your teeth and gums daily and may even place sealants on your back teeth in order to protect your molars from tooth decay.
  • Optional treatments. If your dentist identifies a dental hygiene issue, such as cavities or gingivitis, then he/she will be able to recommend the best treatments for your particular problem. Making routine trips to the dentist will help you prevent any dental problems and will also help you catch any issues before they get worse.

If you are searching for a general dentist that will be able to improve your dental hygiene, then come in to The Smile Design Center. We are dedicated to providing our patients with the highest level of dental care in a comfortable, relaxing environment. Visit our website or call (443) 275-9821 to learn more about our practice.


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