How a Dental Hygienist Cleans Your Teeth

The American Dental Association recommends regular teeth cleanings to maintain a healthy smile. If it’s been awhile since you last had your teeth cleaned, make an appointment at Red Bank Smiles in Red Bank, NJ. We’ll set you up with an experienced, friendly dental hygienist who can examine your teeth, gums, and the associated structures and give them a thorough cleaning.

Why Are Teeth Cleanings Important?

During a teeth cleaning, the dental hygienist takes the opportunity to look for any major issues going on inside and outside your mouth. They’ll take note of things like decay, cracked and broken teeth, failing dentistry, and joint and muscle issues. But, cleanings are more than just a checkup. The dental hygienist also removes all the plaque and calculus from your teeth. This is especially important, because calculus can’t be removed at home. If left untreated, calculus can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

What to Expect During a Cleaning

When you come into the office for a cleaning, you’ll be greeted by one of our dental hygienists. They’ll start with the mouth exam using a small mirror to help them see. After that, they’ll get started on the cleaning. They’ll use a special tool called an ultra-sonic scaler to remove any plaque and calculus from the surface of the teeth. Plaque tends to build up along the gumline and in-between teeth, so that’s where you’ll feel the scraper working the most. The more plaque you have, the longer this process will take.

Once your teeth are all clean, the hygienist will go in with a high-powered toothbrush and special toothpaste. After that, they’ll professionally floss all your teeth for you to get rid of any plaque that was left behind. After a rinse and a fluoride treatment, you’ll be all set. Most teeth cleaning appointments last anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour, but it varies for each patient.

Schedule a Cleaning Today

Now that you know what to expect from a teeth cleaning, you’re ready to schedule yours at Red Bank Smiles. Our dental hygienists are committed to ensuring you have a positive experience and that you leave with cleaner, healthier teeth. Contact us now to get started.

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