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What Happens during a Dental Cleaning?

June 30, 2018
Posted By: NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry
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If it’s time for your next dental cleaning and you live in the Gretna, LA area, you might be searching for the perfect dentist to look after your family. At NOLA Dentures & General Dentistry, we customize your dental cleaning based on your needs.

What Type of Dental Cleaning Do You Need?

An evaluation with Dr. Russell Schafer will help us schedule an appropriate dental cleaning for you. If it has been a while since your last dental cleaning, you might have some catching up to do. We want to make sure we have plenty of time to help you get your oral health back on track.

We provide a periodontal evaluation for each patient by measuring the pocketing between teeth and gums where bacteria collect. Deep pockets or bleeding indicate the presence of an infection. A deep cleaning will remove tartar and bacteria to promote healing.

If you visit the dentist regularly, a general scale and polish might be all you need. It is important to remember that even if you brush and floss your teeth religiously, you will still need regular dental cleanings to stay healthy.

Steps of a Dental Cleaning

Plaque develops when saliva mixes with food particles and settles on the teeth near the gumline. If it is not removed immediately, it hardens into tartar, which is hard and will not come off when you brush.

Our dental hygienist will scale the tartar away with precision instruments and then polish the teeth to remove residual tartar and surface stains. Your dental cleaning appointment will include a check-up with Dr. Schafer and any necessary x-rays to diagnose decay. If you are more prone to dental decay, a fluoride treatment will help you avoid cavities.

If you are due for your next dental cleaning, contact our Gretna, LA dental office today!

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