Birmingham Veneers and Implants

Prophylatic Cleanings

Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene and health. A professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you come in for a cleaning at least once every six months.

How it's done
You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes and an hour. A trained hygienist will perform your cleaning, and Dr. Wright will come in to examine the teeth after the hygienist has completed the cleaning. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.

There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tops of the teeth, above the gum line. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienists preference.Typically, the hygienist will also remove any plaque build-up below the gum line as well.

The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth.Polishing the teeth gives them a smooth and shiny appearance.

To keep this clean feeling until your next professional cleaning, let us demonstrate to you proper brushing and flossing techniques.