What Should I Expect at a Dental Cleaning?

Anxiety can keep you from seeing your dentist on a regular basis, but that can have unintended consequences. If you have a dental issue like a cavity, having it treated now can prevent further treatments or procedures that may end up being more invasive than you would like. We are gentle and will give you the best care imaginable (and we offer sedation dentistry). Keep reading to learn all about what happens at a dental cleaning, and why it’s nothing to fret about.

Before the Cleaning

Before the cleaning begins, the hygienist will ask you about any issues or sensitivity you may be currently experiencing. This ensures that we deliver the best, most comfortable experience possible for you and your teeth. If we know about issues beforehand, we can make sure to avoid causing pain that can come with a cavity, for example.

You may also be asked to have X-rays taken of your teeth. Seeing inside the teeth allows your dentist to determine the overall health of your mouth, and allows us to see changes  of your health as time goes on. Taking x-rays is a painless, easy procedure.

The Cleaning

Depending on how your dentist office works, your hygienist may use handheld tools or electronic tools to gently remove tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. Though it may sound louder in your head, our hygienists are very gentle to avoid causing any harm or discomfort.

Examination

Your dentist will come in to examine your teeth. This is usually fairly quick, but if you have an issue they will discuss options to treat it with you. Cavities can be filled with minimal discomfort (if any) if they are caught early enough. If you need a root canal or other work, then we will discuss your next steps at that point.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning (or you don’t remember when you had one last), then call us today to schedule a consultation at 863-682-1500. We can help you assess the health of your teeth and encourage the best dental health possible.

Cavities: Separating Fact from Fiction

General Dentistry Lakeland, FLNearly every American will have some form of tooth decay in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is a lot that you can do to prevent cavities. Unfortunately, there is also plenty of misinformation about cavities as well. By separating fact from fiction, you can be confident about your personal dental habits.

Fiction:I f I feel no pain, I don’t have a cavity
If your tooth begins to hurt, it could mean that the tooth decay has progressed and a root canal may be needed. The longer you go without a dental check up, the more painful and expensive the fix may be. Make sure you schedule regular dental exams so your dentist can look for the signs of tooth decay and fix the problem before it gets worse.

Fact: Sugar can cause cavities
Sugar can indeed cause cavities, but it is not sugar alone you should blame. Sugar is not only found in candies and cookies but in bread, fruit, potatoes and other foods as well. The sugars in these foods interact with the bacteria in your mouth to create acids that will eat at your teeth. With that in mind, it is increasingly important to practice daily dental care. Your dental routine should include brushing and rinsing twice a day as well as flossing once a day. If you fail to clean your teeth daily, plaque begins to form and can turn to acid when carb heavy foods are eaten.

Fiction: Sugar free food items don’t contribute to cavities
It is not just sugar that can create the perfect breeding ground for cavities, but anything that makes your mouth more acidic. For instance, having a sugar free soda is better than a sugary one, but all sodas have a low pH which creates tooth erosion.

Fact: You can’t stop a cavity once it starts
You can decrease the speed of decay and even stop it, but you can’t fully repair the damage once it is done.

Schedule a consultation

If it has been a while since you last dental check up and cleaning, call Agnini Family Dental to schedule your appointment. You can reach our office located in Lakeland, Florida by calling (863) 682-1500.

What our Patients are Saying

"I went a few years without going to the dentist, so needless to say I was a bit nervous to return. In my first visit to Agnini almost 2 years ago, I was completely impressed. The second I walked in the door my nerves were gone and I felt at home."

- Johnny D.

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