What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?

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    What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?

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    What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning Grand Rapids, MIThe best way to protect your smile is to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment with your dentist every 6 months. That way, we’ll be able to catch gum disease and tooth decay in their early stages.

    If it’s been awhile since you last saw the dentist, continue reading to learn what happens during a teeth cleaning.

    If you have any questions before your next dentist appointment, don’t hesitate to call our office.

    Examining Teeth and Gums

    Once you sit in the dentist’s chair one of our hygienists will examine the inside of your mouth for obvious signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues. Depending on when your last dental x-rays were taken, we may also need to take new ones. If our hygienist spots a serious problem, they may pause the teeth cleaning to ask our dentist how to proceed. Otherwise, they’ll continue onto the next step.

    Removing Plaque and Tartar

    Plaque is an invisible film of bacteria on the surface of your teeth that increases your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. If you neglect brushing and flossing your teeth, you’ll develop plaque buildup over time. During your dental cleaning, your hygienist will use a special tool called a scaler to gently scrape away plaque buildup on teeth.

    While brushing and flossing your teeth at home removes most plaque, it’s important to see our dentist every 6 months. During your teeth cleaning, we’ll be able to remove hardened plaque called tartar. Only a dental professional will be able to remove tartar from teeth.

    If you notice the hygienist taking longer than usual to scrape away plaque and tartar, this is a sign that you should take better care of your smile. The better care you take of your teeth, the less plaque and tartar we’ll find during your next dental cleaning.

    Polishing with Gritty Toothpaste

    Our dental hygienist will ask what flavor toothpaste you prefer, such as bubble gum or vanilla. The toothpaste we use is different from what you use at home because it’s gritty enough to polish the surface of your teeth. We also use a high-powered toothbrush. While our toothbrush may sound like a drill it won’t hurt.


    Once your teeth have been brushed and polished, the hygienist will floss your teeth. That way, we’ll be able to remove dental plaque hiding between teeth and along the gum line.

    Checking in with Your Dentist

    After the teeth cleaning, our dentist will come in for a final inspection of your teeth and bite. If any oral health issues were discovered during your visit, he’ll be able to explain your options. Our dentist will also be more than happy to answer any questions you have about your oral health at this time. Once you’ve checked in with our dentist, we’ll set up your next appointment 6 months out.

    Dr. Adam Piotrowski DDS and his team are dedicated to helping patients just like you maintain beautiful healthy smiles by offering preventive dentistry services. To schedule your appointment with our Grand Rapids dentist, call Precision Family Dental at (616) 207-1280.