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What is Included in a Teeth Cleaning Session?

Posted by DR. DIZIK on May 25 2022, 09:18 PM

What is Included in a Teeth Cleaning Session?

Teeth cleaning is the best method to keep the mouth hygienic. Regular teeth cleaning sessions can help you stay away from dental diseases and in the early detection of dental diseases. Provided below are the services involved in teeth cleaning sessions. 

Examination

Your dental cleaning session will begin with a thorough dental exam. The dentist will review your medical and dental history with you, take X-rays, perform an oral exam, and evaluate your teeth and gums. They may ask you questions about your diet, lifestyle, and habits, as well as any concerns you may have regarding your smile.

The dentist will carefully look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and other diseases or conditions. The X-rays and exam will allow them to identify any potential problems that may be developing, so they can be treated as soon as possible.

X-rays

An X-ray is a type of imaging test that provides detailed images that can help a dentist evaluate your oral health. X-rays are often recommended during a cleaning appointment because they can identify damage and decay that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

During your cleaning, your dentist will review your X-ray results. That way, they can identify any potential problems and discuss the best way to address them.

Prophylaxis

Prophylaxis is a type of teeth cleaning that involves removing plaque and tartar buildup and polishing teeth. It typically occurs every six months.

During the procedure, a dental hygienist will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from all surfaces of the teeth. Next, they will polish the teeth using a paste that removes plaque and stains.

Polishing

A professional polishing helps remove stains, plaque, and tartar buildup from the surface of your teeth. This can help you have a whiter smile and fresher breath. Your dentist may use an abrasive substance or a special polishing tool to buff away the buildup.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can help prevent tooth decay. This treatment can be applied in liquid, foam, paint-on gel, or varnish form. Fluoride treatments are often recommended for children and are typically applied to their teeth during regular dental appointments.

Oral Hygiene Instruction

After your cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will check your mouth again to see if you need any additional treatment. They will also discuss aftercare instructions. In many cases, we recommend teeth cleaning appointments every 6 months or two times per year.

Follow-Up Appointment Scheduling

Your dental hygienist may also recommend that you come in for a follow-up visit, but you will need to schedule this appointment yourself. Make sure to schedule the appointment as soon as possible.

The follow-up visit will typically be scheduled about 2 weeks after your cleaning. This time frame will give the dental team enough time to determine if further treatment is needed and to schedule an appointment if needed.

At Diana Dizik, D.D.S., General & Cosmetic Dentistry, you can find solutions to all your dental problems. Call (650) 348-5424 to book an appointment or visit us at 720 N El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94401 for all your dental concerns.

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