Teeth Cleaning

Plaza Family Dentistry

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Kansas City, MO

Coming in for a dental checkup with a cleaning might seem intimidating because of the potential for bloody gums or uncomfortable scratching and scrubbing. At Plaza Family Dentistry in Kansas City, Missouri, you can get smooth, shining teeth with regular professional teeth cleanings and minimal discomfort. To book your next cleaning, call Plaza Family Dentistry or book your appointment online today.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What should I expect during a teeth cleaning?

When you come in for a teeth-cleaning appointment at Plaza Family Dentistry, you’ll start with a physical examination of your teeth and gums from your hygienist. They might use a small mirror to view the teeth in the back of your mouth and check for signs of gum inflammation. 

Once they decide that they can safely proceed with the cleaning without causing further damage to your gums, your hygienist uses a tool called a scaler to scrape plaque from the surface of your teeth and around your gumline. The more you brush and floss at home, the less time this process takes.

Next, your hygienist brushes your teeth with an abrasive toothpaste and an electric brush. Unlike brushing at home, these tools scrub and polish your teeth. Doing this every day would eventually destroy your enamel, but periodically at the dentist is fine.

To finish, your hygienist flosses between your teeth and rinses your mouth to clear any remnants of debris. The final step in the process is a fluoride treatment to protect your teeth from cavities. Your hygienist puts the foamy fluoride paste into a tray that fits over your teeth that you wear for about a minute. They’ll also paint your teeth with a fluoride varnish for extra strength.

In some cases, teeth-cleaning appointments also involve diagnostic services like X-rays or oral cancer screenings.

Why is it important to get a teeth cleaning?

Professional dental cleanings may seem nonessential and time-consuming, but they’re a necessary part of preventive care. You should keep up on your teeth cleanings because:

  • They allow you to touch base with your dentist about your health
  • The dental team can catch signs of disease or decay early
  • They make your smile shine
  • They keep your teeth healthy and strong

Additionally, the team at Plaza Family Dentistry may recommend products or habit changes to help you maintain your oral health between visits. Following their tips can help you enjoy shorter and more comfortable teeth cleanings in the future.

How often should I get teeth cleanings?

Generally, the team at Plaza Family Dentistry recommends that you come in for teeth cleanings twice a year, or once every six months. However, not everyone’s teeth are in the same condition, so your dentist might recommend more frequent cleanings if you need them.

If you’re due for a teeth cleaning, call Plaza Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.