What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?

Our dentist in Holly, Michigan, recommends that you get a teeth cleaning and oral examination at least every six months. However, you may require more frequent dental cleanings if Dr. Bandy needs to closely monitor a chronic condition, such as periodontitis. When combined with good oral hygiene at home, routine teeth cleanings can help you maintain a healthy smile for life.

Here’s what you can expect during your teeth cleaning appointment. If you have any questions regarding your upcoming visit, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our dental office in Holly, Michigan.

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Initial Examination

Our dental hygienist will complete an initial examination of your teeth to look for any obvious issues with your oral health that require immediate attention from our Holly dentist. If they detect no serious issues, they’ll proceed with the next step of your teeth cleaning appointment.

Dental X-Rays

During your appointment, we may need to take new X-rays depending on how long it’s been since your last ones. X-rays allow our dentist to detect any issues that aren’t visible to the naked eye. For example, Dr. Bandy can detect cavities that may be hiding between teeth or impacted wisdom teeth beneath the surface of your gums.

Plaque and Tartar Removal

The hygienist will use a dental tool called a scaler to gently remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. While you can remove plaque at home by brushing and flossing, only a skilled dental professional will be able to remove tartar. For this reason, it’s important that you don’t skip your routine teeth cleaning visits.

Teeth Polishing and Flossing

Our hygienist will ask you to select a flavored tooth polish. She’ll then use this polish with a high-powered electric toothbrush to remove any residual plaque and tartar. This step also helps to polish your teeth so they feel smooth and healthy.

Next, our dental hygienist will floss your teeth. By flossing, we’re able to remove any food particles or plaque that could be stuck between your teeth. If your gums bleed during this step, it may be a sign that you have gum disease, which is something our hygienist will bring up to the doctor.

Examination from Dentist

Once you’re done with the professional teeth cleaning, our Holly MI dentist will perform the final examination. He’ll also check any dental X-rays that we may have taken during your appointment.

If he detects any issues with your oral health, he’ll diagnose the problem and present you with your treatment options. This is also a great opportunity to ask Dr. Bandy any questions you may have about your teeth and gums. Our dentist would be more than happy to make sure you stay informed on the best ways to protect your oral health.

Request an Appointment with Dr. Bandy

Looking for a new dentist? Dr. David Bandy is an experienced dentist in Holly, MI, who’s accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call Bandy Dental at (248) 634-9251. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

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