Your dentist in Warren, NJ
Step 1: Physical Oral Exam
Before the actual cleaning process begins, Dr. Scott will start with a physical oral exam of your entire mouth. Using a small mirror, he checks around your teeth and gums for any potential concerns, from gingivitis (inflamed gums) to possible tooth decay.
Step 2: Removing Plaque and Tartar
With the small mirror to guide us, we use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from around the gum line and in between the teeth. It's normal to hear scraping and the more tartar there is in your mouth, the more time is needed to scrape a particular spot.
Brushing and flossing helps prevent plaque buildup from hardening into tartar. Once you have tartar, it can only be removed at the dentist's office.
Step 3: Toothpaste Cleaning
Once your teeth are completely tartar free, we brush them with a high-powered electric brush. Our toothpaste is also a little bit grittier than store-bought toothpaste, which gently scrubs and polishes your teeth and gives your mouth a deep clean. After we've finished, you will be given a mouthwash solution to help remove any leftover debris.
Step 4: Fluoride Treatment
The last step is a fluoride treatment, which is used as a protectant for your teeth and helps fight against cavities. Once you've picked your flavor, we'll place a foamy gel into a mouthpiece that fits over your teeth. This is typically left on your teeth for approximately one minute.
Other Potential Steps
We recommend scheduling a professional teeth cleaning twice a year. Depending on what the dentist observes in your mouth, X-rays or other examination procedures may be required. For example: the dentist may recommend molar sealants for children to help prevent cavities in hard-to-brush areas. Dr. Scott will be happy to discuss in advance any additional steps that may be necessary for optimal oral health.