What Should I Expect at a Dental Cleaning?

Teeth Cleaning Bethlehem & Allentown PAIf you’ve been putting off a visit to the dentist for a little while, either because you don’t have insurance or because you’re nervous, we’re here to tell you we understand. Sometimes it’s hard to pick up the phone and make an appointment for something you’re less than thrilled about. But if you’re nervous about the dentist, it’s worth coming in now.

The Cleaning

Before your cleaning, you will be asked if you have any issues or sensitivity to report. This isn’t a time to test your hygienist on if they can find any issues! By letting us know beforehand, we can help minimize any discomfort you may be currently experiencing. X-rays can also help us see the bigger picture of what is going on with your teeth, so we recommend having those if it has been a while.

A hygienist will use either handheld tools or electric tools to help remove tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. They may also perform a quick oral cancer exam as they examine your gums for health issues.

After your teeth are free of tartar, the hygienist will finish the cleaning with a polish. A small, spinning toothbrush is used to gently scrub the teeth clean, and you’ll feel fresh and renewed after it’s over. You might want to opt for a fluoride treatment, which can come in the form of liquid or a foamy gel.

After Your Appointment

Your teeth may feel slightly uncomfortable for the rest of the day, especially if your teeth had a few years of tartar buildup. The feeling of clean teeth is worth it, though! You may be asked to return to have cavities filled, or if you have further steps to take (such as with crowns or bridges).

Benefits

The benefits of having regular dental cleanings are huge. We can help prevent tooth loss that occurs as a result of gum disease, as well as a whiter and brighter smile. A regular cleaning can help prevent cavities from forming, and can save you money by avoiding costly dental services.

If you’re overdue for a dental cleaning, call us today at (610) 861-0190 to schedule a consultation. We are gentle and can help you prevent problematic issues with your teeth down the road.

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