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What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?

Find out what a teeth cleaning from your Atlanta dentist will entail.

When you come in for your routine teeth cleaning you will be seen by both your Atlanta dentist and a dental hygienist. The job of the dental hygienist is to check the health of your teeth and gums, as well as to clean and polish your teeth and often any advice for at-home dental care. Here is what to expect from your next dental visit:

Cleaning: The main goal of a professional dental cleaning is to remove tartar buildup from your teeth and below the gum-line. While brushing and flossing properly and regularly at home will help to reduce plaque buildup, if you happen to miss spots here and there plaque easily turns to tartar, which your at-home toothbrush just can’t remove. Therefore, you need to see your Atlanta dentist to have tartar properly removed from your teeth.

Polishing: After the tartar has been removed from your teeth, your dental hygienist will get to work polishing and cleaning your smile. We will use an abrasive paste and a rotating rubber brush to give your teeth a deep down clean.

Preventive Care: After we have thoroughly cleaned your teeth, we may talk to you about your at-home brushing habits. We can even give you pointers and tips for how to care for your smile at home to reduce your chances of plaque and tartar buildup. If you have any questions about your oral health, now is the perfect time to have your questions addressed.

How often should I see my downtown Atlanta dentist for a teeth cleaning?

Everyone should be seeing their dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams. Those who are at a higher risk of developing gum disease or decay may require more frequent visits to the dentist to make sure their smiles remain healthy. Talk to your dentist about how often you should be coming in for your cleaning.

If it’s time to schedule your next biannual dental visit, then contact your downtown Atlanta dentist, Dr. Thomas W. Kauffman today.

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