Preventative dental care takes much less time, effort, money and discomfort than corrective procedures. Routine exams and cleanings are part of your front line of defense against dental troubles. Along with daily brushing and flossing, regular dental exams and teeth cleanings prevent small issues from becoming big trouble.
A routine dental exam usually involves x-rays or other scans to make sure everything in your teeth and gums that is hidden beneath the surface is healthy. X-rays are usually done once a year, with other scanning done as needed. Your dental professional at Dental Wellness of Suffern also performs a detailed visual inspection of your teeth and gums.
During a routine cleaning, your dental hygienist uses an ultrasonic device to power off tartar and plaque at and above the gum line. Tartar is a hardened accumulation of plaque that contributes to tooth decay. Brushing and flossing at home prevent most plaque from building up into tartar, but once it’s there, it takes a visit to the dentist to have it removed. After the ultrasonic pick scaler dislodges larger pieces of tartar, the dental hygienist will switch to hand tools like the scaler to make sure your teeth are squeaky clean.
Next, your dental professional uses a gritty toothpaste called prophylaxis paste to scrub your teeth thoroughly. This kind of intense, deep-down power brushing can be done twice a year. Your dental hygienist then flosses your teeth to make sure all the debris from the above steps has been cleaned out.
After a thorough rinse, your dentist will paint your teeth with fluoride gel or varnish. Fluoride varnish strengthens tooth enamel.
There’s very little discomfort during a routine dental exam and cleaning. Most people find them painless. Routine cleaning and exams take around 30 minutes to an hour. After a first dental cleaning, some people report tooth and gum sensitivity for about a day afterward. This passes and is due to increased blood flow to the teeth and gums, which is a healthy outcome. Your teeth will be clean and fresh, and your mouth will feel freshly invigorated.
Visit Dr. Sherri Alpert at Dental Wellness of Suffern for all your dental care needs. Call Dental Wellness of Suffern, NY, at 845-8918-1891.