Just like getting your oil changed on a regular basis, you get your teeth cleaned bi-annually. And although you may have had more dental cleanings than you can remember, you may not be aware of exactly what Dr. Steven Holbrook does during a cleaning. To help you feel more informed and knowledgeable about a simple dental cleaning procedure, we have created a brief guide. Read on to learn more.
Step 1: The Cleaning
As soon as you sit back in the Dr. Steven Holbrook’s dental chair, you likely let your mind take you elsewhere— planning your next vacation or something exciting to do with your family. However, what you may not realize is that this is one of the most important steps of your dental appointment. By using a device called a scaler— a metal instrument with a sharp end— Dr. Holbrook will scrape the tartar off your teeth both above and below the gumline.
Step 2: The Examination
During the examination, Dr. Holbrook will look at your teeth for any abnormalities like holes, decay, or erosion. Additionally, he will also feel around your neck and throat for any lumps. During this time, let Dr. Holbrook know if you are experiencing any tenderness or pain— this could be indicative of an underlying problem.
Step 3: The Polish
As long as everything looks normal and healthy, this will be the last step of your appointment. By using an ultrasonic device, Dr. Holbrook will polish your teeth with an abrasive compound to help get rid of any excess plaque or tartar. He may also apply a fluoride treatment at this time.
Schedule a Consultation
Sometimes it’s nice to know just exactly what you are getting done during something as basic as a bi-annual dental cleaning appointment. If you need to schedule your next cleaning or would like to be seen for another oral issue, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook’s office today!