Dental Cleaning Reston VA
While most of us brush and floss our teeth daily, that is not enough to keep teeth clean. Bacteria can still form on teeth, leading to plaque and tartar. The only way to get rid of this and prevent decay is to see your dentist on a regular basis.
It is recommended that you see your dentist every six months for professional teeth cleaning. A cleaning is simple and virtually painless, although the sounds of the drills and other tools can be annoying for some. Some people suffer from severe anxiety at the thought of seeing a dentist. However, your fear should not prevent you from getting the dental care you need.
Our friendly team provides gentle dentistry to patients of all ages. A thorough cleaning and exam can catch problems before they get worse. Schedule your cleaning today!
What Does a Dental Cleaning Entail?
A professional dental cleaning involves multiple steps. It starts with a physical exam. The dental hygienist will use a small mirror to examine your teeth and gums. They will look for inflammation and other dental issues. If you have any issues, the dentist may take a look before proceeding. You may be asked about your health history, such as medications, medical conditions, and recent surgeries. These can sometimes affect your teeth.
The next step is to start cleaning your teeth. The hygienist will use a scaler to get rid of plaque and tartar around your gum line. Plaque is a sticky film that is always forming on your teeth. When plaque is not adequately removed, it hardens and turns into tartar. By brushing and flossing daily, you can keep plaque from forming.
Next, the hygienist will brush your teeth. They will use a brush that is much more powerful than the one you use at home. This brush will deep-clean your teeth and efficiently remove all tartar. They will use a gritty toothpaste that scrubs your teeth. You will get to pick from various flavors. You’ll then rinse out your mouth to remove debris.
If you are prone to cavities, the hygienist may give you a fluoride treatment. This is most commonly done for children, but some adults may benefit from it as well. Fluoride often comes in multiple flavors and may come in the form of a mouthpiece or it may be painted on the teeth.
Once your cleaning is done, the dentist may examine your teeth and look for cavities and other issues. If you have cavities, you may be asked to make a follow-up appointment to get a filling.
At some cleanings, X-rays are taken. X-rays can help locate cavities, see how individual teeth and the jaws are developing and look for signs of gum disease and other conditions.
Finally, the hygienist will discuss your hygiene habits and give you tips for improvement. For example, if you have tartar in a certain area, you may be asked to focus more on brushing in that area so your teeth are cleaner next time.
Contact Us Today
Taking care of your teeth is very important. Regular cleanings can prevent plaque and tartar. You can also avoid decay, gingivitis, periodontal disease, and other oral health issues. Has it been at least six months since your last cleaning? If so, contact Reston Modern Dentistry today at 703-860-9854 to schedule an appointment We look forward to keeping your smile healthy.