Many people dread going to the dentist. But having your teeth cleaned and examined at Gage Dental Care in Bell, CA is usually an easy, quick and painless process. It is recommended that you have your teeth cleaned and examined at least once every six months. Coupled with daily oral health routines, this periodic visit to the dentist will keep your entire mouth healthy. After a dental cleaning and examination, your teeth will feel minty fresh and clean. Your smile will look its best, too.
What are dental cleaning and examination?
A Gage Dental Care dental hygienist will usually perform your teeth cleanings. The first step in their process is to examine your mouth using a small mirror. This mirror helps them see all sides of your teeth and gums, in addition to all surfaces in your mouth. The hygienist will look for signs of inflammation on your gums, known as gingivitis, as well as any other potential problems.
Professional dental cleaning also removes tartar, plaque that has mineralized on your teeth. Tartar is hard but porous and absorbs toxins that can damage the tissues of your mouth. This is why tartar needs to be found and removed during a routine dental cleaning and examination. In addition to the tartar, your dental cleaning will remove plaque. Plaque is sticky, colorless and bacterial, a cause of gum disease and cavities.
After a quick exam, your dental hygienist will use a scaler to scrape plaque and tartar off of your teeth at the gum line and in between your teeth. If you have only a little tartar, the process should not take long at all. But if you have a lot of built up tartar, the hygienist will need to take some time to scrape it away. While this is being done, you can hear the scaling but it will not hurt. If you do not like this process, you can make your next appointment easier by ensuring you brush and floss more often, so less plaque is left on your teeth to harden into tartar.
Cleaning with Gritty Toothpaste
After the tartar has been scraped from your teeth, the hygienist will use a type of electric toothbrush to brush them clean. This electric toothbrush is much more powerful than an electric toothbrush you may use at home each day. The toothbrush makes a grinding noise that can be startling, but most people love the process for its super-clean results. This toothbrush removes leftover tartar and deeply cleans your teeth with a gritty toothpaste. The toothpaste tastes like regular toothpaste but has granules in it that make it feel a little gritty. This texture enables the toothpaste to polish your teeth as it scrubs. The polishing effect smooths the tooth surface and helps stop plaque from being deposited on the tooth's surface.
After your teeth have been brushed and polished, the dental hygienist will floss your teeth. The hygienist can find problem areas as this is done, such as places where your gums bleed when flossing or areas that are tricky for dental floss to reach. Using expert skill, this flossing removes leftover toothpaste and plaque from the scraping and toothbrushing. Once the flossing is completed, you can rinse your mouth with liquid fluoride.
Fluoride treatment is the last step of dental cleaning. You may be offered several flavors of fluoride to choose from, such as bubblegum, mint or other flavors. While the fluoride tastes good, it is actually a protectant that will help keep your teeth from developing cavities. Fluoride treatments usually involve a mouthpiece being placed over your teeth. This mouthpiece is filled with foamy gel and is usually left in place for a minute, before it is removed and you can rinse your mouth.
After your teeth have been cleaned and polished by the dental hygienist, the dentist may conduct an examination. If the dental exam and cleaning do not result in discovery of any oral problems, such as cavities, your next dental cleaning and examination will be scheduled. If problems are found, the dentist may discuss ways to treat the problems and other steps that may be necessary to protect your oral health.
Why Gage Dental Care for Your Dental Cleaning and Examination?
The dentists and dental hygienists of Gage Dental Care will help you have a beautiful, healthy smile. The exceptional team of Gage Dental Care is led by dentists Dr. Abaian and Dr. Hanookai. Both dentists provide skill, talent and experience that help patients achieve their best smiles.
Whether you need routine dental care or revitalization of your smile through well-crafted crowns and veneers, seeing either dentist of Gage Dental Care means you are in good hands of one of the most trusted dentists in Bell CA. Dr. Hanookai ensures patients have healthy gums, bones and teeth, along with the strong structures needed to support crowns and veneers, if needed. Part of having a healthy, strong mouth is in seeing your dentist at Gage Dental Care in Bell, CA for routine dental cleaning and examination.
Come In For Your Dental Cleaning and Examination
Your dental cleaning and examination is an important part of your oral health. Another important part of your healthiest smile is partnership with a professional team of dentists, dental hygienists and other staff members at Gage Dental Care. You are in good hands with Dr. Abaian and Dr. Hanookai, as well as the rest of their team.
Gage Dental Care accepts many insurance plans, credit cards and financing programs. You may be eligible for interest-free financing or other means of paying for your dental care. Together, we will find the best options for your dental care payments.