Dental Cleanings with Your Bayside General Dentist
Dental cleanings are vital to your overall health. Proper dental care is all about prevention. We don't like fixing problems that could have been prevented. We want our patients to use the proper techniques and have good cleaning habits at home, so any problems can be completely preventable. So, it all starts with your first visit, and a good cleaning, along with some advice and knowledge to take with you. Again, during this phase of your treatment, we encourage any questions, because there are no silly questions when you're at Northern Plaza Dental Care.
How it's Done
You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes and an hour. Typically, a trained hygienist will do the cleaning, and a dentist may come in for an exam at the end. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.
There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienist's preference.Typically, the hygienist will also clean the pockets of the gums to remove any plaque buildup there.
The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.