Teeth Cleanings Specialist

Dlight Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Washington, DC & Rockville, MD

Routine teeth cleanings lower the risk of gum disease and cavities, promoting a beautiful, healthy smile. At Dlight Dental, the team provides teeth cleanings to people of all ages. To request an appointment at the practice in Washington, DC, or Rockville, Maryland, call the office to speak with a caring staff member or click the online tool.

Teeth Cleanings Q & A

What are teeth cleanings?

Teeth cleanings are a type of preventive dentistry that removes plaque and tartar from your teeth and beneath the gum line. By participating in teeth cleanings frequently, it’s possible to prevent serious health problems like gum recession and tooth decay.

What happens during teeth cleanings?

At Dlight Dental, the team performs teeth cleanings during a brief in-office appointment. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Oral exam

Before cleaning your teeth, your dentist uses a mirror to assess the health of your gums, teeth, and tongue. If they notice anything out of the ordinary, like an oral abscess or cavity, your provider can order additional testing for a more thorough analysis.

Step 2: Removing plaque and tartar

Following the oral exam, a dental hygienist uses a tool called a scaler to carefully remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and beneath the gums. During this part of the appointment, it’s normal to hear some scraping noises, but it’s nothing to worry about. If you experience dental anxiety, the team provides sedation dentistry to help you relax.

Step 3: Polishing the teeth

Once your teeth are free of plaque and tartar, your provider polishes them with gritty toothpaste. The unique formula helps eliminate stains and is more powerful than over-the-counter toothpaste.

Step 4: Dental flossing

After polishing your teeth, your provider flosses them. Flossing removes food particles and harmful bacteria from the tiny spaces between your teeth. In addition, it massages your gums, lowering the risk of periodontal disease.

Step 5: Fluoride treatment

Last, your provider applies a fluoride treatment to your teeth. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel, minimizing the risk of cavities and tooth decay.

Other steps

Depending on your dental health history, the team might recommend digital X-rays. X-rays provide detailed photographs of your tooth roots, jaw, and alveolar bone, allowing the team to detect potential problems that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

How often should I undergo teeth cleanings?

The team at Dlight Dental recommends you schedule teeth cleaning appointments at least twice a year. Many oral health problems don’t present obvious symptoms in their early stages. Regular check-ups can alert you to potential issues and preserve your teeth and gums.

To learn more about teeth cleanings, request an appointment at Dlight Dental by calling the nearest office to speak with a caring administrative staff member or clicking the online tool.