Many people dread teeth cleanings. Between the prodding, strange noises, and occasional jaw discomfort, it’s easy to understand their apprehension but for most, a teeth cleaning is simple and painless process.
Knowing exactly what is going on, can help ease your stress and allow you to better enjoy the minty-fresh results.
A dental cleaning (prophylaxis) is the removal of plaque, bacteria, calculus and extrinsic stains by a qualified dentist. This cleaning is not sub-gingival, meaning your provider will not go underneath your gums to clean out any material – which for the average, healthy patient is not necessary. In our office, we’ll pair your regular cleanings (usually recommended every 6 months) with oral examinations by the dentist and updates on x-rays as warranted. We also check the health of your gums and surrounding tissues at these visits, which takes approximately one hour.