Teeth Cleanings & Oral Exams
Regardless of how often you brush your teeth, floss, or use mouthwash, everybody needs to come to the dentist a few times each year for a routine teeth cleaning. We recommend that both our New Haven adult and children patients schedule regular teeth cleaning sessions with one of Comprehensive Dental Health’s dental hygienists every 4-6 months.
Contact Comprehensive Dental Health at 203-624-5515 to schedule your next teeth cleaning session with one of our dental hygienists!
Why should I schedule a teeth cleaning appointment?
Teeth cleaning, also known as prophylaxis, helps remove the tartar and plaque that develop in just about everyone’s mouth, even with proper oral hygiene. Plaque build-up is especially bad in those harder to reach places in your mouth. By removing this plaque, we are making it that much harder for bacteria to thrive next to your gums and we are helping reduce your risk of gum disease.
What happens during a dental teeth cleaning appointment?
Our dental hygienists will use a number of tools to get your teeth as clean and shiny as possible without doing any damage to your actual teeth. We typically use an ultrasonic instrument to start, knocking larger pieces of tartar loose. Much like an electric toothbrush, the ultrasonic tool uses vibrations to get your teeth clean, albeit with a little more power than your regular toothbrush. The ultrasonic tool is not sharp and will not hurt!
Once the larger pieces of tartar are gone, your dental hygienist will switch to hand tools (called scalers and curettes) to remove smaller tartar deposits and get into those hard-to-reach places between your teeth. These tools allow smaller tartar deposits to be removed by carefully scraping them off. Your hygienist might have to apply a little bit of pressure to ensure a proper cleaning, but we will do our best to make sure it is as pain-free as possible for you.
After all the tartar has been removed, your dental hygienist will polish your teeth with a gritty toothpaste-like material to make your teeth extra shiny and smooth!
One thing to keep in mind during your teeth cleaning appointment is that the time it takes to complete your cleaning can vary from session to session. Imagine how much longer it takes to clean your stove if you do not clean it for six months versus every week—that is kind of what a teeth cleaning is like. The longer you go between cleanings, the more time plaque has to build up, which means the longer the appointment will last.
Should a teeth cleaning hurt?
Most of our New Haven patients find their routine dental teeth cleanings to be completely painless, but you might experience some discomfort during the cleaning if you have exposed dentin or suffer from sore gums. If something hurts during your cleaning, please do not hesitate to let us know! We know that a lot of people are afraid of the dentist, and our mission at Comprehensive Dental Health is to make you as comfortable as possible and ensure a pain-free dental exam.
We invite you to contact Comprehensive Dental Health to schedule your next teeth cleaning in New Haven, CT, with Dr. Dr. Joseph Tagliarini!