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Do you have questions about dental cleanings? Well, we are happy to answer them for you! Dental cleanings tend to make people a little nervous or anxious, but we are here to help you feel more comfortable and safe in the dental chair. We hope that by answering the following questions you will feel more prepared and ready for your next appointment. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call!

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
If you wish to have a strong and healthy smile, it is very important that you receive a dental cleaning every six months. If you have oral diseases, like periodontal disease, it is best to receive a cleaning every three months, but your dentist will happily confirm that with you. If you would feel more comfortable, you can also talk to your dentist about receiving a dental cleaning on a more regular basis.

Why are dental cleanings so important?
Dental cleanings are very important, and they are vital if you wish to maintain a healthy, beautiful, and functional smile. These appointments deeply clean your smile, eliminate risks associated with gum disease, and prevent major dental problems. This cleaning process is only available in the dental office—not at home.

Will I experience pain during the cleaning?
Dental cleanings are not painful, but they do involve small amounts of pressure and little tooth vibrations. If these sensations make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, please let your hygienist know. When you do so, the hygienist will do their best to give you the comfort you need in the dental chair.

What should I expect during the cleaning?
There are many steps involved in a dental cleaning, and it begins with your dentist or hygienist scraping the plaque from your teeth. This process is very beneficial and it can only be performed in the dental office, which is why dental cleanings are so important. Then, your dentist or hygienist will polish your teeth with a paste, which might leave a gritty feeling in your mouth, but it won’t last long once you rinse with water. Next, they will floss your teeth and clean each crevice of your mouth. Then, the dentist or hygienist will provide a fluoride treatment that will come in the form of a foam, gel, or varnish.

How do I keep my smile clean after the appointment?
After your cleaning, you will need to brush your teeth after each meal or at least every morning and every night. You will also need to floss and rinse your mouth with mouthwash once a day. Please use fluoride toothpaste while you brush and bacteria-killing or fluoride mouthwash while you rinse.