Have You Ever Wondered What the Dental Hygienist is Doing When They’re Cleaning Your Teeth?
Have you ever wondered what the person with their fingers in your mouth is doing in there during a routine cleaning? (If you haven’t had a routine cleaning, we recommend coming to us so you can change that).
Maybe you were too nervous to ask, or perhaps the thought never crossed your mind, but we believe in educating you so that you have the tools you need to make informed decisions when it comes to your oral health.
Each Cleaning Begins With a Physical Exam
Before the hygienist starts with the actual cleaning, they’ll check your teeth and gums for any signs of periodontitis or other major concerns that may be a problem during the cleaning.
Once the Exam Is Done, It’s Time To Remove Plaque and Tartar
This is the part of the cleaning process that a lot of patients don’t like because of the noise. You may hear some scraping, but that’s normal. If the sound bothers you, you can bring wireless earbuds to listen to music.
The hygienist will use a small tool to get rid of plaque and the hardened version of plaque called tartar from around your gum line. Brushing and flossing regularly prevents plaque from building up and turning into tartar, but when you miss parts and the plaque hardens, it can only be removed at the dentist’s office.
The Next Step is Brushing Your Teeth With a High Powered “Toothbrush”
This isn’t your typical toothbrush.
It’s a high powered electric tool that is designed to deep clean and remove any lingering tartar that may have been missed. The hygienist will use the brush with a toothpaste that smells and tastes like the store-bought toothpaste.
Unlike regular toothpaste, you may notice that the texture is gritty. This allows it to scrub your teeth.
After This, Your Hygienist Will Walk You Through How to Floss Your Teeth
If you’re already a professional flosser, you probably won’t have many questions.
But if you’re like most people (57% of Canadians), you probably don’t floss once per day, so you likely don’t know the best way to do it. This step will allow your hygienist to floss your teeth properly and answer any questions you may have.
After this, your mouth will be rinsed to remove any tartar residue. The rinse solution is made of a liquid fluoride.
The Last Step in the Cleaning Process is Fluoride Treatme