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Some people find dental cleanings to be a little nerve wracking and scary, but we think that might be because they aren’t sure what to expect while they sit in the dental chair. If you are one of these people, we are happy to help you by telling you exactly what you can expect when you come into our office for your checkup! You can look forward to the following things:

A deep cleaning
Deep teeth cleanings are essential. They help you clean the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth as well as help you reduce the chances of developing gum disease. During this part of the treatment, your hygienist will scrape the surfaces of your teeth with a small tool and will thoroughly floss every crevice of your smile. This will remove the harmful plaque, tartar, and bacteria that reside in your oral cavity.

A fluoride treatment
Your fluoride treatment will nourish and strengthen your smile, giving your teeth the ability to fight off tooth decay and other dental problems. This treatment is flavored and it generally comes in the form of a gel, varnish, or foam. When we put the fluoride on your smile, the minerals will soak into your teeth and will give them the nutrients they need to survive. After the time is up, you will rinse your mouth with cool water.

A dental exam
After your smile is completely clean, your dentist will examine your smile with small tools. Then, we will also take a few harmless X-rays of your smile so we can see the roots and bones of your teeth and jaw. Dr. Seth Rumley will then examine the X-ray and will make sure you don’t have any dental issues.

Now that you know all about your dental cleaning appointment, there is no need to be nervous or frightened! We want you to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible, so if you need additional help in feeling better about your appointment, please feel free to call our office at 919-847-8074. We will be happy to help you!