Your teeth is bathed in drink and food all day. While your saliva does its best to break down substances, buildup is bound to occur. Over time, the accumulation of calcium, plaque, and tartar can harden on your teeth. As that material hardens it can become a breeding ground for bacteria. That’s why bi-annual dentist visits are so important to keep your mouth clean where brushing and flossing leave off.

Just how does a dentist clean your teeth, anyway? Let’s review.

  1. Your dentist, often supported with a dental hygienist, uses specialized instruments to remove tartar and plaque deposits from your teeth.
  2. A vibrating “Ultrasonic” tool is used to knock stubborn buildup from your teeth.
  3. More fine buildup is then removed using scalers and hand tools. These tools are used to gently scrape away remaining tartar and buildup to leave nothing but a smooth surface.
  4. After all deposits are removed, it is time for a teeth polishing. Teeth polishing is done using a tool similar to a rotating toothbrush. A polish is applied and the spinning head of the tool gently scrubs and polishes your teeth.
  5. The application of fluoride is the final step. Fluoride is applied to help strengthen teeth. Fluoride also aids your mount in fighting bacteria.

In addition to regularly cleaning your teeth, make sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist at least twice a year. Keep your mouth healthy and happy. See you soon.