We all follow our regular oral routine of brushing twice a day, and some of us are also careful about flossing, but we still need professional teeth cleaning from time to time. Your dentist, depending on your dental health, will advise on how many times you need it in a year. Attending your regular dental cleaning appointments can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums — preventing the need for complicated and costly dental treatments in the future.

What is Professional Teeth Cleaning?

Tooth scaling, polishing, and debridement (if there is too much tartar) are all part of professional cleaning. This entails loosening and removing deposits from the teeth with a variety of equipment or technologies.

The Procedure

First, the dental hygienist examines the inside of your mouth with a small mirror. If they notice any obvious problems, they will notify one of our dentists. However, if they discover something serious, they may decide to halt the cleaning process entirely. They would then immediately consult with one of our dentists to determine the best course of action.

During the procedure, the dentist will remove plaque and calculus from the teeth surfaces but it may also include scaling and root planing procedures. The dentist will use a scaler to remove plaque from hard-to-reach areas of the gums. A laser may also be used for this purpose.

Following the removal of plaque and tartar, the dentist will proceed to polish your teeth. They may ask you to choose your preferred flavor of tooth polish. The dentist uses a special high-powered brush for polishing. The tooth may have a whirring sound but you do not need to worry about it. Teeth cleaning is not painful. 

The dental hygienist will floss your teeth as the final step. This will remove any plaque that may be hiding between your teeth. Flossing can also inform your dental hygienist about areas of gum bleeding.

Concluding the teeth cleaning procedure, your dental hygienist will squirt water into your mouth and instruct you to swish it around. The rinsing stage aids in the removal of any remaining tooth polish, blood, or other debris.

The entire process can last from 30 minutes to 1 hour. However, dentists always make sure their patients are comfortable at all times. You will have a comfortable chair, and you can always tell your dentist if your mouth feels tired during the treatment.

You may likely feel slight tooth sensitivity after the teeth cleaning. You will be provided with certain dental cleaning aftercare instructions, which you must follow to maintain oral health and enjoy the maximum benefits of the procedure.

Dental Cleaning Specialist in Seattle

At Sue Vetter, you can find a qualified dental cleaning specialist in Seattle. At our dental practice, we not only offer treatments but preventative care as well so patients can maintain healthy teeth and gums without hassle. Our teeth cleaning service is part of the preventative care offered to the patients.










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