At Laser Dental Bakersfield, we recommend dental cleanings at least twice a year. Professional cleaning not only helps the appearance of your teeth, but it also enhances your oral health. A dental cleaning is non-invasive and can help ward off gum disease and tooth decay down the road.
The Exam Before the Cleaning
At the start of your dental cleaning, our hygienist will look at your teeth and gums using a mirror to see those hard-to-see spots. We look for any potential issues, such as swollen gums or decayed teeth. At this time, we will also ask you about any trouble spots you have noticed or pain you have experienced over the last six months. If everything looks good, we will begin the dental cleaning.
Removing Plaque and Tartar
After our initial examination, our hygienist will remove any tartar buildup on your teeth. Using a scaler, we remove the tartar both on and in between your teeth. With regular oral hygiene, you can minimize the amount of tartar buildup that is in your mouth. Tartar starts as plaque, or bacteria from eating, drinking, and smoking. If left to sit on your teeth, plaque can turn into tooth decay and gum disease. After a while, the plaque becomes calcified, which is tartar. At this point, it can only be removed with our special tools.
Removal of the plaque and tartar is non-invasive, even though you may hear 'scraping' sounds. The length of time it takes to remove the plaque and tartar depends on the cleanliness of your teeth. We will thoroughly remove all of the plaque to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
Polishing Your Teeth
After removing the plaque and tartar, our hygienist will brush your teeth with a professional-grade electric toothbrush and toothpaste. Our professional-grade toothbrush can help minimize stains on your teeth. The slight abrasiveness of the toothpaste can help smooth the texture of your teeth as well, giving you a smooth, white appearance when completed. The removal of the plaque/tartar plus the professional tooth polishing can also help freshen your breath.
Flossing Your Teeth
The final step is to floss your teeth professionally. Even if you think you floss well every night, our hygienist can get into deeper spaces and hard-to-reach areas of your mouth. This ensures that all traces of any plaque or tartar buildup are removed, which can help prevent gum disease or decay in the future.
After your cleaning, we may use a fluoride treatment. Fluoride can help decrease the risk of tooth decay between dental cleanings. Fluoride treatment is simply a mouthpiece that contains fluoride that rests on your teeth for one minute. After that minute, we remove the mouthpiece and rinse your mouth.
We highly recommend sticking to a bi-annual schedule for your dental cleanings. It helps enhance the health of your teeth in addition to regular oral health habits, including brushing and flossing each day. Our hygienists and dentists offer gentle but effective cleanings that enhance your oral health.
Call Laser Dental Bakersfield at (661) 241-9144 today to schedule your cleaning. We look forward to helping you get control of your oral health with our dental cleaning services today.