Scheduled, routine dental exams and teeth cleaning are the foundation for good oral health. Professional teeth cleaning goes deeper than you can at home, removing plaque, tartar, and other debris that hide in crevices that your toothbrush just can’t reach.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
We recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned by a dentist at least once every six months, or more often if your specific dental needs call for it.
What should I expect during a dental cleaning?
The type, frequency, and intensity of teeth cleaning we provide here at Lowry and Obrochta Dentistry in St. Petersburg is tailored to the specific dental needs of each patient.
Most cleanings last between 30 and 60 minutes, but deep cleanings may take longer.
Routine dental cleanings generally involve the following steps:
The initial oral examination is usually done by a dental hygienist, who will use small mirrors to inspect all of the parts of your mouth, including the teeth, gums, inner cheeks, tongue, and all other soft tissues. The hygenist will report any issues they find during the exam (and x-rays, if taken) to the dentist, who will direct them on how to handle the issue during cleaning.
Plaque & Tartar Removal
Using specialized tools, the dental hygienist will remove built up plaque and tartar that accumulates near the gum line. If there is any discoloration on any of the teeth due to beverages, smoking, etc., the hygienist will try to remove those stains at this time as well.
The hygienist will then use a high-powered brush and gritty paste to polish each tooth to a shine, removing any remaining fine debris at the same time.
Flossing is an important part of cleaning your teeth both at home and during a professional dental cleaning. The dental hygienist will pass floss between all of your teeth to get any plaque or tartar that remains stuck in places where tools have a hard time reaching.
The hygienist will then give you a fluoride solution in order to rinse your mouth out after your cleaning. They will likely also recommend a fluoride-containing mouthwash for use at home to keep your tooth enamel strong.
After your cleaning, the dentist will come in to review the hygienist’s findings, give your mouth a once over, and make sure you don’t have any questions. If no further issues are found, you’ll get your complimentary toothbrush and toothpaste and can be on your way!
Dental Cleanings in St. Pete
If you live in or near St. Petersburg and need a reliable dentist, the team at Lowry and Obrochta Dentistry would love for you to join our family! Call us at (727) 685-3764 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your teeth cleaning appointment today!