Twice a year, sometimes more, your visit to the dental office includes a professional cleaning and examination by a dental hygienist. Your hygienist plays an important role in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. But what exactly is involved in the dental cleaning process?
At Weaver, Reckner, and Reinhart Dental Associates, one of the leading cosmetic dentists in Montgomery County, also providing pediatric dental care, our hygienists are dedicated to helping our patients achieve a healthy smile. During the appointment, a hygienist will carefully review medical history and dental habits and take any necessary digital X-rays. A periodontal charting may be taken to assess the health and condition of the gums. The periodontal charting takes measurements in millimeters around the gum line of each tooth. Numbers between 0-3 millimeters usually mean the gums are healthy; between 3-5 millimeters can indicate some areas of inflammation, redness, or bleeding that need to be addressed with a better homecare routine. Areas presenting with over 5 millimeters generally suggest gum disease.
Sometimes, a deeper cleaning may be an option for a patient whose numbers are on the higher end of the probing scale. Results will be discussed with each patient, and the best treatment options will be reviewed before moving forward.
Once the initial examination is complete and a routine cleaning is the plan, the hygienist will use special instruments to remove plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth. They may also use an ultrasonic scaler to assist in the harder-to-reach areas of the mouth. A final polish to smooth the surface of the teeth and flossing completes the cleaning portion of your visit. Following the cleaning, a dentist will conduct an exam and discuss any issues or concerns that you may have about your oral health. If treatment is needed, a plan will be made so that future appointments can be made.
Maintaining a regular cleaning schedule is vital to one’s overall health and well-being. A dental hygienist is trained to provide the best care for each of their patients while educating them on proper oral hygiene practices. Brushing and flossing techniques, as well as dietary and lifestyle changes, are reviewed at every routine visit. It is the responsibility of each patient to continue to practice healthy habits in between the six-month exams.
At Weaver, Reckner & Reinhart Dental Associates, our full-service dental practice provides residents in Montgomery County and Bucks County with a range of procedures, including dental implants, root canal treatment, orthodontics, and facial rejuvenation. If you’re interested in more information regarding our practice or dental services, please contact one of our offices at 215-486-1649 or 215-486-1652.