Professional teeth cleaning.Fitzgerald Dentistry is proud to be your choice when it comes to cosmetic dentistry in Walnut Creek, CA. We care about the well-being of everyone who walks into our office and we treat our patients like family. We want to make sure that you’re not just healthy for your appointment with us, but you’re also building to a lifetime of good dental health.

No matter how stringent your brushing and flossing routine is, it’s always important to come in for a checkup and a teeth cleaning on a regular basis. After your cleaning, your teeth will feel smooth and squeaky-clean; they will even look brighter too. However, getting your teeth cleaned isn’t just for cosmetic reasons alone. They provide many health benefits as well.

What Health Benefits Do Teeth Cleanings Pose? 

Over time, your teeth will build up a layer of plaque (a sticky bacteria-rich film) and tartar. These are very difficult to remove unless you have special tools. When this level of bacteria is allowed to remain either on the tooth surfaces or the gum lines, you inadvertently create the ideal conditions for bacteria to continue to multiply.

Teeth cleanings will prevent tooth decay and gum disease. When this is performed along with a routine dental examination, this procedure can go a long way toward controlling both of those ailments. Teeth cleanings will also give us the opportunity to check for any problems with your oral health in its entirety.

The Professional Teeth Cleaning Procedure

Teeth cleanings are performed by dental hygienists who use a special set of tools for the procedure. Your cleaning will be personalized to your particular needs, but most follow a series of steps much like the following:

  • First, the dental hygienist will perform an oral examination on you to determine the health of your oral tissues.
  • The cleaning will then take place using either a curette (a metal instrument that is curved and tapered) or an ultrasonic scaler (a tool with a small tip that vibrates at a very high frequency). Any hardened deposits on your teeth will be broken up by one of these instruments.
  • A toothpaste-like gel is applied to your teeth. A low-speed rotary brush fitted with a soft rubber tip polishes your teeth with this gel to make your teeth shiny and smooth.

Additional Concerns About Teeth Cleaning 

Most people don’t feel discomfort during a dental cleaning, however, if you have any discomfort during the process, let us know! We at Fitzgerald Dentistry believe that your well-being is our number one priority. We can apply a topical numbing gel or use anesthesia to lessen any pain. If you haven’t had your teeth cleaned in some time, it may take a short while to get used to the sensation. If your teeth are sensitive, using a curette may be the preferable option.

Your gums may be irritated or slightly bleed during the cleaning. This isn’t abnormal. We can discuss with you several different ways to improve your oral hygiene methods for healthier gums. If needed, we can even shorten the length between your cleanings. This regular maintenance will help you avoid dental procedures in the future and keep your teeth as healthy as they can be.

Contact Your Walnut Creek, CA Cosmetic Dentist Today! 

If you’re in need of a teeth cleaning or a regular checkup, you can schedule an appointment with us by going to our appointment request page. Alternatively, you can give us a call at (925) 934-5420. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope to see you soon!