Dental cleanings and checkups should be an essential part of your oral care routine. Have you been skipping dental checkups because your oral care is already perfect? Even with an amazing oral care routine, you can still benefit from checkups and professional cleanings. Not sure if you’re ready for a dental appointment? Check out some quick preparation tips!
If you have gingivitis and you let it go unchecked, it may turn into periodontitis, which means you’ll need periodontal services!
What Happens At A Dental Checkup?
1) A physical exam
A dental hygienist will perform the teeth cleaning, but before they begin the cleaning they will do a complete physical inspection of the mouth. They use specialized tools, usually consisting of a small mirror, to observe the different parts of your mouth. The hygienist will be looking for tartar buildup, signs of gingivitis, or other potential issues. If they see any significant problems, they may consult the dentist before proceeding with the cleaning.
2) Removing Plaque & Tartar
You will most likely have some amount of plaque on your teeth the hygienist will need to remove. Removing plaque is fairly simple as it is just a sticky film that has not hardened on your teeth yet. If you have tartar buildup in your teeth the hygienist will have a tougher time trying to remove it. Tartar is plaque that has hardened over time due to a lack of oral care. You will experience scraping from the tools, and while it may be uncomfortable at times it shouldn’t hurt. If it starts to feel painful at all you can always inform the hygienist that they are being too rough.
If you have dental anxiety, you can request different stages of sedation to get through the cleaning.
3) Professional Toothpaste Cleaning
After the plaque and tartar have been removed, the hygienist will use a special high-powered drill, and toothpaste to clean the taste. The toothpaste will probably feel different than regular toothpaste, but there are usually multiple flavor options you can choose from.
4) Professional Dental Flossing
5) Rinsing & Fluoride
How Much Do Dental Cleanings Cost?
Dental exams may vary slightly in price depending on your specific needs, at Smiles Dental Group we always charge BELOW the recommended price guide for dental fees.
- Complete Adult Exam – $101.48 (March 2022)
- Complete Child Exam – $71.17 (March 2022)
What To Expect After A Dental Cleaning?
How Long Does A Dental Cleaning Last?
How Do I Know If I Have A Great Dentist?
Frequently Asked Questions - Dental Cleaning
Are Dental Cleanings Covered By Insurance?
Dental cleanings are one of the most common treatments, check with your provider first if they are covered.
Is Dental Cleaning Painful?
Dental cleanings will not cause you pain, if you do feel pain, it may be a symptom of gum disease. Let your dentist or hygienist about the pain if you are experiencing any.
How Often Should You Get Dental Cleaning?
Every 6 months, or twice a year is what we recommend you start out with. You can also increase your frequency if needed.
Does stress impact my oral health?
Yes, stress does have an impact on oral health!
Is charcoal tooth paste good for teeth?
We don’t think you should be too quick to use charcoal toothpaste until there is more science to support it.
Should I Get A Child Dentist Or A General Dentist?
At Smiles Dental Group, we have lots of experience with children’s oral care so you don’t need a pediatric dentist.