Quicky and Easy Dental Cleanings for Pristine Oral Health
Nobody wants to deal with pesky tooth problems or an unsightly smile. By maintaining excellent oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings, you can avoid invasive treatments and having to hide your smile due to embarrassment.
Find out more about the dental cleaning process below, so you’re prepared when you visit our West Chester family dentist, Dr. Ron Briglia for your next appointment. Contact Briglia Dental Group by dialing (610) 615 0160 if you’re new or by dialing (610) 692 4440.
How a Dental Cleaning Works
Before your dental cleaning begins, a dental hygienist or our West Chester dentist will perform a dental exam to check for any signs of problems such as cavities or gum disease. These exams are essential for determining the condition of your oral health, and if you’ll need any additional treatments. They’re relatively quick and shouldn’t cause any pain.
At least once a year, our dental team will also take digital X-rays to detect problems we can’t see with the naked eye.
Plaque and Tartar Removal
Using specialized dental tools, such as a dental scaler, our dental team will perform plaque and tartar removal. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and can lead to cavities and gum disease. Tartar is a hard mineral deposit that forms when plaque isn’t removed and can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. You may feel some sensitivity during this process, but it shouldn’t be painful.
Teeth Cleaning and Polishing
Once the plaque and tartar have been removed, our dentist will clean and polish your teeth using a special toothpaste and brush. This process removes surface stains and leaves your teeth feeling smooth, shiny, and clean.
Our dental hygienists will then floss between the teeth to remove any remaining plaque or food particles. Flossing is essential during dental cleanings because it can reach areas between teeth that are difficult to clean with a toothbrush.
Depending on your oral health, Dr. Briglia may recommend a fluoride treatment to help protect your teeth from decay. Fluoride is a mineral that can help remineralize teeth and make them more decay-resistant. The fluoride treatment may be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish that is brushed onto the teeth and left to sit for a few minutes before being rinsed off.
Post-Dental Cleaning Care
After a dental cleaning, you may feel a bit of sensitivity, especially if it was a deep cleaning. We recommend doing the following after your appointment:
Regular brushing and flossing should be continued.
It’s recommended to avoid foods or beverages that are extremely hot, cold, sweet, or acidic if there’s sensitivity.
Rinse with a saltwater solution or anti-sensitivity mouthwash to alleviate discomfort.
Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings as advised by our dentist, typically every 6 months.
If you have dental anxiety, talk to your dentist about your concerns. They may be able to offer sedation options such as nitrous oxide or prescribe anti-anxiety medication to help you relax during the procedure.
It’s best to avoid eating or drinking anything before a dental cleaning, especially if you’re getting a fluoride treatment. Food and drink can interfere with the effectiveness of the fluoride treatment.
Experience a Comfortable Visit With Our West Chester Dentist
Dental cleaning appointments are crucial to help maintain good oral hygiene and prevent dental problems. To get started with our West Chester dentist, contact our dental office today by calling (610) 615 0160 if you’re new or by dialing (610) 692 4440, and schedule your consultation. We’re happily accepting new patients from West Chester and surrounding areas such as at Briglia Dental Group.
Dr. Ron Briglia has been practicing dentistry since 1984. With decades of experience and extensive continuing education, Dr. Briglia provides the most comprehensive dental services.
He earned his Bachelor of Science from Gannon University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University Dental School. He has received advanced training at prestigious organizations like Pankey and Las Vegas Institutes. He is IV and oral sedation-certified too.
Most of Dr. Briglia’s patients have continued with him in his family of patients for over 30 – 35 years, and the restorations he has provided them have lasted for 25-35 years – clear evidence of his skills and expertise.