Teeth Cleaning

Gentle Dental Care

General Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists, & Family Dentists located in Grand Island, NE

Regular professional teeth cleaning is essential if you want to have a sparkling smile and avoid tooth decay and gum inflammation. At Gentle Dental Care in Grand Island, Nebraska, the skilled dental team offers expert teeth cleaning services that make your teeth look and feel their best. If you’d like to show off a perfect smile, call Gentle Dental Care to discuss the benefits of teeth cleaning or to set up your appointment.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What is teeth cleaning?

In addition to regular brushing and flossing at home, for good oral health you should be visiting Gentle Dental Care twice a year for a professional teeth cleaning session.

Your dental hygienist removes tartar buildup that you wouldn’t be able to get off at home, and can give your mouth a thorough examination to see if there are any signs of problems.

Professional teeth cleaning shouldn’t be painful, but it might sometimes feel strange and make your jaw ache a little. Many people don’t like the idea of having a teeth cleaning session, but it’s important to have these regular deep cleans if you want to avoid tooth decay and gum disease.

What happens at a teeth cleaning session?

The first step is for your dental hygienist to check for signs of inflammation in your gums (gingivitis) or other problems. If they have any concerns, they can check with the dentist before proceeding.

The next step is to clean off plaque and remove tartar. Plaque is the sticky yellow substance you brush off every day. If any plaque gets left behind, it can harden over time to form tartar. Tartar is hard, and your dental hygienist needs to scrape it off with a special instrument. You can hear the scraping noise during the tartar removal process, but it shouldn’t cause tooth pain.

Next comes the high-powered electric toothbrush. Your dental hygienist uses a gritty toothpaste that scrubs away any last bits of plaque and tartar, then finishes the cleaning process with an expert flossing session.

Does teeth cleaning include any other treatments?

Teeth cleaning usually includes a fluoride treatment that helps protect your teeth for several months. The fluoride treatment comes as a foamy gel or a sticky paste that goes into a mouthpiece that your dental hygienist places over your teeth.

The mouthpiece stays on for a minute, then your dental hygienist takes it out, and applies a fluoride varnish to your teeth.

There are other treatments you might have, depending on your needs or those of your child. For example, a molar sealant is used to protect teeth from developing cavities in areas that are difficult to reach with a brush.

At Gentle Dental Care, patients can also undergo oral cancer screenings at the same time as teeth cleaning.

If you’re due for a teeth cleaning session, call Gentle Dental Care today to schedule an appointment.