Your Dental Cleaning: A Walk-Through Guide
You may brush and floss like a boss, but you’re only getting half the job done if you don’t follow through with professional dental cleanings twice a year.
Along with dental exams, routine cleaning appointments are your best insurance against dental decay and gum disease. During these visits, your hygienist checks the health of your gums, clears away plaque, and removes the tartar buildup that your toothbrush can’t.
What Happens During a Dental Cleaning
When you have a dental cleaning at our West Chester, OH dental office, you can expect the following steps:
- First, your hygienist spends a few minutes catching up with you since your last cleaning appointment. She will ask how you’re doing and if there are any questions she can answer for you.
- During the next step, your hygienist charts your teeth and notes the condition of your gums. She gently measures the depth of periodontal pockets around your teeth to see if an infection is present.
- The final step of your cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth above and below the gum line. Tartar is a calcified deposit that can only be removed by a skilled hygienist using a dental instrument called a scaler. The final step is a polishing that leaves your teeth with a fresh, clean feel.
Before you leave, your hygienist explains her findings and gives you tips for improving your oral care at home.
Please Call Us to Schedule Your Dental Cleaning
If you’re overdue for a dental cleaning in West Chester, OH, please call Joel R. Koch, DDS to arrange an appointment. Our team enjoys meeting new patients, and we can’t wait to help get you started on the road to a healthier smile.