Every year we have a few of those routine appointments to check off the list, including a dental cleaning every six months. And while we all know the drill (no pun intended), what is it that goes on at this six month cleaning?
Here is the low down on what your Krengel Dental dentist and team is accomplishing at your routine cleaning visit:
1. The exam
We start with an exam, usually performed by one of our excellent Krengel Dental hygienists, where we exam your entire mouth. Using a small mirror, we check each tooth and your gums and entire mouth for any potential concerns or areas of inflammation. If there are any signs of concern, your Krengel dentist will be notified so that we can proceed effectively. If no concerns, such as signs of gingivitis or major decay have been found, we move on to the cleaning.
2. The cleaning
While the steps during your cleaning may differ from person to person, the general cleaning looks a lot like this. Your Krengel dental hygienist will use their expertise to get rid of the plaque and tarter that is hiding between teeth and around your gums. Using a scaler, we do a deep clean to ensure that any plaque that has hardened into tartar, no longer being removed by brushing and flossing efforts, is being removed and cleared. Once your smile is tartar and plaque free, we use a high-powered brush and polishing toothpaste to scrub your teeth clean, removing any excess tartar left form the previous step. If your cleaning has any extra steps, your Krengel dental hygienist will explain each part of the procedure to you, making sure you are ready and on board.
3. The flossing
Nothing beats a good professional flossing to remove all remaining plaque, identify any trouble spots and complete the cleaning process. Your Krengel Dental hygienist will share tips on brushing and personalize their pointers to your smile and current flossing routine.
4. The final steps
The final part of your routine visit depends on your personal dental needs! Most often, we will do a flouride treatment to protect your teeth from cavities. After that, your Krengel dentist will let you know about any potential additional procedures, X-rays needed or pointers for optimal dental health. No matter what the news, we can promise that your Krengel Dental team will have your back and keep you informed at each step along the way.
Are you due for a cleaning? Have more questions about what to expect? That’s why we are here! Call your friendly Krengel Dental team now: 952-888-1311