Dental Tips Blog

Jan
26

What is My Hygienist Doing When She “Cleans” My Teeth?

Your dental check-up should include your dentist examining your teeth for cavities, gums for gum disease and screen for oral cancer.  Along with your dental exam, it is equally important to have your teeth “cleaned” by a Registered Dental Hygienist at your dental check-up.  Though you may brush and floss your teeth at home, you can still get “tarter” build-up which can only be removed or “cleaned” by your dental hygienist.

What all is your dental hygienist doing at a typical “teeth cleaning” visit?

  • Examining your gums and the surrounding tooth structures- A dental probe (a mini ruler) is used to measure the space between your gums and teeth to make sure your teeth are attached to your gums properly and to check for gum disease.
  • Screening for Oral Cancer- Checking tissues in and around your mouth for suspicious areas that could be oral cancer.
  • Removing tarter build-up- Removing tarter with special dental instruments, which can’t be done with brushing and flossing. This will help prevent gum disease and/or reverse early onset of gum disease.
  • Removing plaque biofilm and stain with polishing paste- Plaque biofilm causes gum disease and cavities so your hygienist will remove the biofilm and surface stain from your teeth.
  • Flossing your teeth
  • Give brushing and flossing instructions
  • Fluoride Treatment- Fluoride rinse or varnish is placed on your teeth to strengthen them and to fight cavities.

Have you been in recently to see your dentist for an exam and your dental hygienist for a cleaning?  If not, call your dentist to schedule an exam and cleaning today!

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

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