Although a professional cleaning is a key aspect of any dental checkup, for many people it is a source of anxiety when visiting the dentist. Often, this is due to a fear of the unknown, induced by the scrapping and whirring instruments, as cleanings are usually painless experiences. Knowing exactly what is going on will help you feel more comfortable about receiving a dental cleaning in North York.
Plaque and Tartar Removal
This is what most people associate with a dental cleaning, but it is actually just the first part. Your dental hygienist will use a scaler (a scraping tool) to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, particularly at the gum line and between teeth. By using a small mirror, the dental hygienist will be able to look into your mouth at every angle.
Next, the dental hygienist will use a special toothpaste. This is unlike the one you use at home, although it may taste the same. He or she will apply the toothpaste to a high-power electric toothbrush, rubbing it into your teeth. The gritty texture removes any remaining plaque and tartar while polishing your teeth smooth. The procedure is safe up to twice per year, but you should never brush your teeth yourself using such pressure — this would gradually wear down the enamel.
Floss and Rinse
To ensure your teeth are completely free from plaque and tartar after scaling and polishing, your dental hygienist will floss between your teeth. You will then receive a rinse, often containing fluoride, to wash your mouth clean.
Once your teeth are clean, you may receive a fluoride treatment to protect against cavities. This treatment comes in a gel or paste. Your dental hygienist will apply it using a tray that fits over your teeth. You will need to wait about one minute to complete the treatment.