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What to Expect When Getting Your Teeth Cleaned

At Downtown Franklin Family Dentistry, we understand a trip to the dentist can sometimes be intimidating. At our dental office, patient comfort and satisfaction always come first. That’s why we strive to make our office a welcoming environment. We understand that the more you know, the more comfortable you will be, so we’d like to walk you through what to expect at routine dental hygiene appointments.

Regular cleanings are essential to maintaining your oral health. A dental cleaning is a process that removes plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of your teeth. This helps prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral issues by removing bacteria and promoting healthy gums. Not only that, good oral health is essential to your overall health. In previous articles, we’ve shared the latest research about the links between the two and easy steps to improve your oral health.

We recommend getting your teeth cleaned every six months, and most dental insurance plans cover these regular visits. Keeping routine dental hygiene appointments ensures your teeth stay sparkling and allows us to identify and quickly address any potential issues before they become a bigger problem. With regular office visits, you can rest assured that your smile will stay healthy and beautiful for years to come!

A typical dental cleaning appointment begins with reviewing your medical and dental history. Our hygienist will then use special tools to gently scrape away any plaque or tartar buildup on each tooth’s surface. Next, they will gently polish your teeth using a slow-speed device fitted with a special rubber cup and gritty paste. This helps remove any remaining plaque, reducing your chances of developing cavities or gum disease. The hygienist will then floss between each tooth to remove particles or other debris that may have been left behind. You may also opt to receive a fluoride treatment, which helps protect against cavities and strengthens tooth enamel.

When you’re here for your cleaning, we’ll discuss any oral health concerns you may have, such as bad breath or sensitive teeth. If necessary, we may also recommend additional treatments, such as sealants or a night guard. During this appointment, we may also take X-rays and other images for a better look at what’s happening below the surface of your teeth. This allows us to identify any areas that need extra attention and check for signs of decay. Finally, our dentist will review his findings with you and if necessary, he will make recommendations for your future care. We want to make sure you understand everything we are doing and why it is important for your oral health.

Our team is also here to answer any questions you have and ensure that you receive the best possible care. So, please don’t hesitate to ask us about any concerns you may have—we’re here to help!

In order to maintain your best health, now is the perfect time to schedule your next appointment. Contact our office today! We look forward to your next visit to our office so we can help keep your smile bright and healthy!

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