Professional teeth cleaning makes your teeth look and feel their best when performed as part of a routine dental exam at Lovett Dental. These twice-yearly cleanings actually become something you look forward to when visiting your local general dentist.
Learn more about this simple, painless procedure here so you can look forward to its effects. By knowing what to expect as part of teeth cleaning, you experience less stress when hearing sounds from the tools being used. You also walk away appreciating the minty freshness of professionally cleaned teeth.
No one wants to have to visit the dentist. However, through routine teeth cleaning and dental exams, your Lovett Dental appointments cause no pain or discomfort. Instead, you can focus on how great your teeth look and feel after seeing the dentist, particularly after teeth cleaning at Lovett Dental.
The first step toward your routine teeth cleaning is a physical exam. Your dentist checks the health of all parts of your mouth, including your teeth and gums. He or she looks for signs of decay, damage, or disease. Disease to watch for includes gum disease, cavities, or other oral health conditions.
If the dentist agrees that your teeth are in good condition and ready for cleaning, the dental hygienist usually performs the next steps. They specialize in teeth cleaning and enjoy this part of their work.
Bacteria builds up on your teeth around the clock. Brushing your teeth regularly, such as after meals and as part of your twice-daily oral hygiene, helps remove this bacteria. Plaque is a sticky film on your teeth in which bacteria thrive, causing tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease.
Plaque left on your teeth hardens into a calcified deposit at your gum line called calculus or tartar. Once plaque hardens into tartar, you need your dental hygienist’s help for its removal. The hygienist uses a scaler and mirror to scrape tartar away from your gum line and between your teeth. You hear this process and can relax in knowing it improves your teeth and gums’ look, feel, and health.
Of course, if you do not want the hygienist to spend a lot of time scaling your teeth, brush and floss your teeth better each day.
Cleaning and polishing your teeth follow the scaling process. Your hygienist at Lovett Dental uses a high-powered electric toothbrush for this part of your teeth cleaning and dental exams. You hear the sound of the electric toothbrush. However, if you understand the grinding noise is simply cleaning and not hurting your teeth, you can relax and enjoy the process.
Using a gritty toothpaste, your hygienist deeply cleans your teeth and removes tartar left behind from the scaling. The grit cleans and polishes, leaving your teeth feeling cleaner than any home tooth brushing. Your hygienist attends a specialized training program to learn how to polish your teeth without damaging the enamel, so you cannot do this at home. But you can certainly look forward to the process as part of your routine dental checkups.
Flossing between your teeth is the next step after cleaning and polishing. During this process, your hygienist finds problem areas where your gums bleed when touched by the floss. They can guide you in taking better care of those areas. After flossing, you rinse your mouth and receive fluoride treatment, if necessary.
When you know what happens as part of routine teeth cleaning at Lovett Dental, you can enjoy the process and even look forward to how great they make your teeth look and feel. Other key services provided by our caring dentists, specialists, and hygienists include:
You deserve your healthiest teeth and gums, as well as to have a smile you feel proud to show off. You will love how we care for your teeth, so schedule your next visit and teeth cleaning at Lovett Dental by calling 832.990.8754, or contact us online today.