Stay Calm And Get Your Teeth Cleaned

Many people feel anxiety at the idea of going to the dentist, even for a cleaning. As with many things, knowing what will happen at the cleaning appointment could help patients feel more in control of the situation and thus feel calmer. If you have been putting off your cleaning appointments due to anxiety, read below for what to expect.

Your Dental Health History

If you are a new patient or have not been to the dentist in a while, you will be filing out some forms. To ensure the dentist provides you with the best care, they should know about:

  • Chronic conditions like diabetes or heart problems
  • Medications and supplements
  • Previous dental procedures
  • Allergies
  • Habits like smoking, alcohol and coffee use, etc.
  • Current health statuses such as pregnancy or autoimmune issues
  • Current dental issues such as decay, teeth grinding, pain, etc.

Time for X-rays

Dental X-rays are routine if you have not been receiving regular dental care. Expect to have full mouth X-rays so that the dentist can see what is going on under your gums, spot cavities, monitor wisdom teeth, and check on fillings. You will be wearing a protective cover during the X-ray although the exposure to radiation is very low. These X-rays let your dentist monitor changes in your mouth from exam to exam.

Your Teeth Are Cleaned

Explain your anxiety to the dental hygienist and they will take more time to explain what they are doing every step of the way. Dental cleanings should not be painful but let the hygienist know if you have sensitive teeth or any pain. Most dental offices use ultrasonic equipment to do the cleaning.

Many people also need to have their teeth scraped with dental tools to remove plaque and tartar. Once that is done, you will rinse, and the hygienist will floss and then polish your teeth. They may also discuss how to take care of your teeth at home to maintain cleanliness. Many hygienists have favorite products they recommend for making cleaning easier at home.

Meeting with the Dentist

Finally, your dentist will talk with you about the X-ray findings and anything else that needs addressing. You can expect your mouth to be examined for oral cancer signs as well. If you require a procedure, your dentist will provide you with a list of procedures to be done in order.

As you leave, make an appointment for any follow-up work and your next dental cleaning appointment. Speak to your dentist to find out more. 

About Me

FAQs About Pregnancy and Dental Health

During pregnancy, expectant mothers have to deal with a host of changes to their bodies. I was surprised to learn that part of those changes is to your dental health. I was not aware that hormonal changes could mean an increased risk of gum infection and other dental problems. Luckily for me, my dentist was prepared to handle any problems that I experienced during my pregnancy. I created this blog to help other expectant mothers understand the changes that their dental health could experience throughout their pregnancies and the possible ramifications those changes could have on their pregnancies and the health of their unborn children.



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