Hi everyone this is Dr. Katelyn Fenlon and I’m a general dentist at Princess Center Dentistry in Scottsdale Arizona.

I got the question: how do dentists clean teeth?

Typically you’ll have a hygienist clean your teeth. Your dentist will come in and do your exam either before or after your cleaning

The cleaning is made up of several different parts.

  1. Your hygienist is going to ask you if you’ve had any changes in your health history.
  2. Your hygienist will take any x-rays if you’re due to have them taken, or if you have a tooth that’s been bothering you.
  3. They will scale or use the cavitron to remove tartar from your teeth
  4. They’ll polish to remove plaque
  5. They’ll floss

Additionally, sometimes people that have deeper pockets in between their teeth need either a deeper cleaning or laser decontamination.

We really personalize your cleaning for you and your needs and your gum health. Every cleaning is personalized and that’s what you can expect out of out of a dental cleaning.

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