What to Expect from a Professional Teeth Cleaning
At Gardner Dental Group, we understand that some people are anxious about going to the dentist. For some, it’s a fear of pain and discomfort. For others, a highly sensitive gag reflex makes someone prodding around in their mouths a problem.
At our dental office in Burlington, we take every measure to ensure you’re comfortable and know exactly what’s going on at all times. Techniques in dentistry have come a long way. There shouldn’t be any discomfort during a routine teeth cleaning.
When booking an appointment, let us know that you have concerns. We have options to help you feel more relaxed and ways to reduce the gag reflex.
What to Know before You Go
It may also help to learn what happens during a routine cleaning and checkup prior to arriving. Your dentist or hygienist will:
- Ask about your overall health, medications, and oral hygiene habits
- Evaluate your risk for tooth, gum, and bone decay
- Check for chipped, broken, or missing teeth
- Evaluate your bite and jaw for any problems
- Remove stains and calcium deposits on your teeth
- Clean and polish your teeth
- Demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques
- Take dental X-rays, if necessary
You typically see the hygienist first, who will ask about any changes to your health, do the cleaning and polishing, and talk to you about the best ways to care for your teeth at home.
You will see your dentist next. He or she will do a clinical examination of your teeth, mouth, tongue, cheeks, neck, and jawbone to ensure there are no problems developing.
Together, they may also do a periodontal examination. That involves gently poking along your gum line for signs of redness and inflammation. Your dentist will measure the depth of the pockets between your teeth and gums.
While doing so, you’ll hear the dentist say a number to the hygienist. Pockets deeper than 3 millimeters often indicate gum disease. If gum disease is suspected, your dentist may refer you to a specialist, called a periodontist, who can treat the condition.
Mouth, Body, Mind Connection
Visiting your dentist regularly is crucial in maintaining your overall health and wellness. Many people think of their mouths as something separate from their bodies, but it’s all connected.
The same bacteria that cause gum disease have been linked to heart disease, dementia, and complications of diabetes. Your dentist can also spot signs of oral or throat cancers while they’re still in their early stages.
Contact Us to Schedule an Appointment
Typically, we recommend that patients come in for a checkup and teeth cleaning once every six months, though this may vary depending on the condition of your teeth and gums. For any professional teeth cleaning needs in Burlington, give us a call at 905-632-3633. We are conveniently located in the Burlington Mall, and our friendly staff would be happy to help you book an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!