An hour might seem like a long time to clean your teeth when brushing takes only two minutes. You’ve been going to the same office for years – why can’t they make this any faster?
Well, not all of the appointment is cleaning, but it IS all important.
Before your hygienist can start working on your teeth, he or she needs to review your health history. You’ll be asked all sorts of questions about any changes in your health or medications. You might not realize that some changes can make it unsafe to have dental treatment. The hygienist wants to make sure you’re ready for any procedure scheduled that day.
Checking the Teeth
Your dental hygienist is going to “poke around” at your teeth for a minute. He or she will probably ask questions as they do so. They’re just looking for changes in your smile such as:
You might need some diagnostic imaging with x-rays or cavity-detecting lasers. This is how dental professionals get an initial idea of what’s going on with your smile.
The Actual Cleaning
Depending on what your teeth need, you might experience:
This part can take more or less time depending on how many teeth you have and how much buildup is on them.
A basic teeth cleaning appointment varies by office, hygienist, and your individual needs. But one thing is for sure: dental cleanings are important! Contact your local dental office to schedule yours every six months.
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