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What to Expect During Your Teeth Cleaning Appointment August 15, 2017

Downtown Hinesville, Hinesville
What to Expect During Your Teeth Cleaning Appointment , Hinesville, Georgia

Semi-annual teeth cleaning appointments are essential to proper dental care. They give your teeth and gums the deep clean they need and include the removal of tartar, the hardened form of plaque found under the gum line. Teeth cleanings by dental hygienists are usually the precursor to dental exams performed by your dentist.

If you’ve skipped teeth cleanings over the past few years or are getting ready to take your child in for their first cleaning, learn what you can expect from this important dental care session:

  • Time Length: Most dental cleanings last about 30 minutes, though they can take longer if you have an abundance of tartar and plaque. Your dental hygienist may take x-rays before the cleaning if you have recently switched dentists or have not had an appointment for several years.

  • teeth cleaningTools: Your hygienist will use several tools during the teeth cleaning process, including a vibrating, ultrasonic instrument that removes tartar while also brushing and rinsing teeth. Other tools used include fine metal tools for scraping the remaining tartar and a polisher to smooth and shine teeth.

  • Water Spray: Sprays of water may hit the dental napkin covering your chest during the tartar removal process. The hygienist will keep a saliva sucking device in your mouth as they clean your teeth to prevent drooling. You will also get to spit into the small water bowl intermittently.

  • Bleeding: Light bleeding of the gums is a common part of teeth cleaning because of the scraping involved with tartar removal. The hygienist may use gauze during the cleaning in addition to letting you spit periodically.

  • Professional Advice: Professional oral health tips and recommendations are often suggested once the teeth cleaning is over. Your hygienist will speak with your dentist as they perform the exam to determine if any further work is necessary, such as cavity fillings.


Professional teeth cleanings are a quick and easy to maintain your health and smile. Work with the friendly, compassionate team at Hinesville Smiles for all your dental care needs. The premier family dentistry facility has been part of the Liberty County, GA, community for over 30 years and continues to provide the comprehensive care necessary for healthy, beautiful smiles. Call (912) 368-3333 to schedule an appointment or visit the website for service information.

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