Dental Cleaning: What Should I Expect?

If you have a dental issue like a cavity brewing in your mouth, then getting it treated now can prevent further treatments that could end up being more invasive (not to mention expensive) than you would like. What are you waiting for when it comes to dental appointments? We are gentle and will give you the best care available. And if you do have a cavity, rest assured that we will take care of you through the whole process of having it filled. Keep reading to learn all about what happens at a dental cleaning, and why it’s nothing to stress about.

Before Cleaning

Before the cleaning even begins, the hygienist who is working with you will ask about any issues or sensitivity you may be currently experiencing. This makes sure we deliver the best, most comfortable experience possible to you when you’re with us. If we know about issues beforehand, we can make sure to avoid bumping a cavity and causing unnecessary discomfort, for example.

You may also be asked to have X-rays taken of your teeth during your routine check up. Seeing inside the teeth allows your dentist to determine the overall health of your mouth, and allows us to track changes of your teeth as time goes on. Taking x-rays is a painless, easy procedure, though holding the film in your mouth can be slightly bothersome for a few seconds.

During The Cleaning

Depending on how your specific dentist office works, your hygienist may choose to use handheld tools or electronic tools to gently scrape away the tartar and plaque buildup from the surface of your teeth. Though it may sound louder in your head, our hygienists are very gentle to avoid causing harm or damage to your pearly whites.

Granted, there may be a cavity or cold sensitivity that shows up during your cleaning. If you feel any pain or sensitivity during your appointment, don’t hesitate to let us know.

Next comes a thorough flossing. Your hygienist will proceed to floss around each tooth, ensuring that any loose tartar is removed and your teeth are ready for another day of chomping and chewing.


Your dentist will then come in to examine your teeth. This is usually a fairly quick portion of your appointment, but they will discuss treatment plans with you if you do happen to have an issue. Consider this: cavities can be filled with minimal discomfort if they are caught early and treated quickly. If you need a root canal or other, more serious work, then you may be recommended to go to a specialist for the rest of your treatment.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning (or you don’t remember when you had one), then call us today at (480) 834-6991 to schedule a consultation with us.

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