What To Expect During A Routine Teeth Cleaning
Even if you brush and floss your teeth daily and maintain a routine that’s essential for healthy teeth, it’s important to see your dentist at least twice a year. No matter how hard you work to keep your teeth clean, nothing beats thorough cleaning by a professional.
Regular visits to your dentist for teeth cleanings are an important part of a dental hygiene routine.
At Galleria of Smiles, our friendly and professional staff can make sure you’re mouth is clean and healthy. But you have to see us first!
Why Are Regular Teeth Cleanings Important?
Seeing us at least twice a year for teeth cleanings gives us the opportunity to:
- Spot gum disease in the beginning stages
- Screen for oral cancer with state-of-the-art VELscope technology
- Decide if your wisdom teeth need to be removed
- Spot a cavity before it causes you pain or needs more work
In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, visits to the dentist twice a year add an extra layer of protection against the buildup of bad bacteria and gum disease.
What To Expect During Your Visit?
When you come to our Tulsa, OK dentist office, you can make yourself comfortable in one of our dental chairs and let a professional dental hygienist take care of the rest. During your professional teeth cleaning, we will use special tools to get rid of the plaque and tartar that has built up on your teeth. Even with proper brushing and flossing, some residue can be left behind. We’re here to take care of it!
Our state of the art polishers and electric scalers are more comfortable for you and ensure a thorough cleaning and polishing.
Once we remove all the tartar from your teeth, we will use a gritty toothpaste to gently scrub your teeth. Although it tastes and smells just like regular toothpaste, our special gritty toothpaste is somewhat like an exfoliant. It’s completely safe to use on your teeth twice a year. Otherwise, just stick to your regular toothpaste to avoid wearing down your enamel.
After we scrub your teeth you can rinse your mouth and take a drink of water if needed. The dental hygienist will then floss your teeth. Even if you regularly floss at home, there’s nothing like having your teeth flossed by an expert! Plus, it can help get rid of any plaque that may have been left behind after the cleaning.
At Galleria of Smiles, we can further protect your teeth against bacteria by using a dental sealant. A dental sealant is a thin layer of plastic painted over irregular surfaces of your teeth. We can also use a fluoride varnish or other fluoride treatments to strengthen your enamel and make your teeth stronger in the fight against tooth decay.
Comfort Options To Relieve Dental Anxiety
If you’ve been avoiding a trip to the dentist because of crippling anxiety, we can help. Even if you’re feeling slightly nervous about your upcoming teeth cleaning, we have solutions for you.
At Galleria of Smiles, we offer numerous comfort options as well as sedation dentistry to ensure our patients feel relaxed and pain-free throughout their visit.
Dr. M. Emami and Dr. Justin Emami have the training necessary to give you the option of local anesthesia, nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and IV sedation. In some cases, we may use a combination of our sedation options to guarantee optimal comfort. We will make sure you’re completely comfortable and experience a painless procedure.
Taking good care of your teeth isn’t something to fear! You’re in good hands with us.
How To Prepare For A Teeth Cleaning
There’s no extra work required before a routine teeth cleaning. Before coming to our office, brush and floss your teeth like you normally would. It’s a good idea to avoid eating right before you come in for a cleaning. Otherwise, food debris will be stuck to your teeth, giving us more buildup to remove to get to the surface of your teeth. The less cleaning we have to do, the faster the appointment will go!
If you have any questions or concerns, it may be helpful to write them down so you remember to mention them during your appointment. Don’t hesitate to speak up!
Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning
Call Galleria of Smiles in Sand Springs, OK today to schedule your next teeth cleaning. We can even set up same-day appointments for your whole family. Call us or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you!