Has it been a while since you’ve been to the dentist? You may wonder what to expect, especially if you haven’t been taking proper care of your oral health. Even if you have, the thought of having someone else clean your teeth can be enough to set your teeth on edge.
Continue reading to learn more about dental screenings and dental hygienists who perform teeth cleanings.
Why Do I Have to Be Screened Every Time I Go to the Dentist?
Accurate dental records are important to ensure your mouth is healthy. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, there’s a chance that something has developed in your teeth that you and they may not be aware of.
For example, if you come into the dentist’s office for teeth whitening, but your hygienist finds a cavity, that needs to be treated first.
X-rays, fluoride treatments, and cleanings are all part of this process to make sure that your teeth are where they need to be in terms of health and condition.
Do Teeth Cleanings Hurt?
Routine cleanings should never be painful or cause discomfort. However, there could be other factors that complicate the process. If your gums are inflamed or if you have tooth decay, the instruments used to perform the cleaning could cause some discomfort.
It’s important to be upfront with your hygienist and let them know if you are aware of anything that might trigger a pain response. They can modify the way they perform the cleaning or find another way to make you comfortable.
How Can I Avoid Discomfort During Cleanings?
The best way to ensure you don’t experience any pain or discomfort when you go to the dentist is to take care of your oral health at home. This includes a regular routine of brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day.
Inflamed gums and tooth decay are the result of avoidant behavior when it comes to your oral health. As plaque builds up on your teeth from not brushing and flossing, it begins to wear away the enamel of your teeth.
The bacteria the plaque produces can infect your gums as well, giving way to the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis. Once this process begins, it’s very hard to manage without help.
Going to the dentist is vital for your oral health and well-being. Regular dental cleanings play a crucial role in preventing issues like gum disease and cavities. So, don’t skip your appointments, and you’ll enjoy a lifetime of healthy, beautiful teeth!
About the Author
Dr. Mayda Ferguson serves the Metairie, Louisiana community with dedication. She earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from LSU School of Dentistry. Dr. Ferguson’s commitment to excellence led to a General Practice Residency at the Veteran Affairs Medical Center. As an active member of professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and Academy of General Dentistry, she continues to advance her skills, ensuring top-quality dental care. To schedule a teeth cleaning at Second Line Family Dentistry, call (504) 833-2220 or visit the website to learn more.