Not many people relish going to the dentist for any reason, let alone to have their teeth cleaned. For some it can be an uncomfortable experience, but it's actually pretty harmless and simple at Your Dental Office in Toronto.
A dental hygienist typically does teeth cleanings, and this begins with them doing a thorough examination of your mouth with a small mirror to find signs of the gum disease gingivitis or any other potential problems. If they find something that could be a problem, they bring in the dentist to get the go-ahead to continue the cleaning.
Using the small mirror and a tool called a scaler, the dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar that is built up around your gum line and in between your teeth. The more of it there is, the longer this process will take. You'll hear scraping, but this of course is completely normal. Brushing your teeth regularly keeps tartar and plague at bay, so the more you do this, the less scraping will have to be done.
Once the tartar and plaque are gone, the hygienist goes in with a high-powered electric toothbrush and a pleasantly flavored toothpaste with a gritty texture to ensure that all buildup is completely removed. A grinding noise is normal, and this procedure can be safely done twice a year.
The next step is where the dental hygienist flosses deep between your teeth; this also gives them the chance to locate trouble spots where you may bleed easy. Then you will be given a liquid fluoride rinse to get rid of any excess debris in your mouth.
The last step is to have a fluoride treatment applied to your teeth to help you fight off cavities for a number of months. Either a foamy gel or sticky paste will be applied to a mouthpiece that you will hold on your teeth for a few minutes before a fluoride varnish is painted onto your teeth.
Book an appointment with us here at Your Dental Office in Toronto today to have your next teeth cleaning done with us.