Teeth Cleaning in Dayton and Beavercreek, OH
By having their biannual teeth cleanings, patients can help prevent the cavities that form when tartar builds up on the teeth and along the gum line. In addition, during this appointment, the dentist has an opportunity to examine the patients’ teeth and gingival tissue (aka gums).
What to Expect During a Teeth Cleaning Procedure at Gamber Family Dental in Dayton, Ohio
After checking in, the patient will be escorted to one of the dental hygienists’ treatment rooms.
Once the patient is comfortable, the hygienist examines his or her teeth. A routine X-ray may be taken.
After the examination is complete and the X-rays are taken, the dental cleaning begins.
The first thing the dental hygienist does is use a plaque scraper (aka dental scaler) to scrape the plaque off the teeth. As the plaque and tartar removal process continues, patients may be asked to rinse their mouths and spit it out. Bleeding during a teeth cleaning procedure is common, so patients need not worry if they see blood in the saliva they spit out.
After the dental hygienist completes the plaque and tartar removal process, an electric toothbrush may be used to clean the patient’s teeth.
The hygienist flosses the patient’s teeth. While flossing, the dental hygienist is determining if there are any teeth that are too close together, thus, making it difficult to floss between them. In addition, the hygienist wants to see if the patient’s gums bleed while flossing.
Using a special tool with a tip that spins and tooth polish the hygienist polishes the patient’s teeth. The tooth polish is flavored and patients usually have a couple flavors to choose from.
The dentist thoroughly examines the patient’s mouth and teeth. If no problems are detected, the patient need not return until the next cleaning and exam or if a problem arises before that time.
If the dentist finds that there is a dental issue, an appointment should be scheduled right away to address it.
Fluoride treatments are available. Although dental insurance usually covers this service for children, in general, they do not pay for adults to have fluoride treatments. Therefore, adults who would like a fluoride treatment are welcome to have one as long as they do not mind paying for it themselves.
The dentist or hygienist may offer the patient tips on how to achieve and then maintain a healthy mouth.
Patients Should Feel Free to Ask Questions
At Gamber Family Dental in Dayton, Ohio, patients are encouraged to ask questions. Every question is important, especially since knowing what to expect helps patients feel more comfortable about the procedure they will be having. The dental professionals at Gamber Family Dental are always happy to answer any questions patients have.
The Importance of Discovering Dental Issues Early On
During the examination, if the dentist notices any problems, as long as the patient has consistently had his or her teeth cleaned, anything the dentist finds should be in its early stages. Addressing a dental issue during the early stage of development is usually less expensive than it is once the issue has had time to progress.
Having a dental exam and cleaning every six months ensures that your teeth and gums remain healthy. In addition, any issues that arise are discovered and then addressed early on. If you need dental care, the experienced dentists at Gamber Family Dental in Dayton, Ohio, can help.
The Dayton, Ohio, Office:
3085 Woodman Drive, Suite 150
The Beavercreek, Ohio, Office:
3398 Dayton-Xenia Road