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Dental Cleaning Process

The Dental Cleaning Process

Quick 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 Katy dentist for your next appointment. Contact Katy Smile Design at 281.396.4366 today.

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How a Dental Cleaning Works

Dental Exam

Before your dental cleaning begins, a dental hygienist or 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.

Fluoride Treatment

Depending on your oral health, Dr. Catherine Wilder 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.

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if I have dental anxiety?

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.

Can I eat or drink before a dental cleaning?

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 Katy Dentist

Dental cleaning appointments are crucial to help maintain good oral hygiene and prevent dental problems. To get started with our Katy dentist, contact our dental office today by calling 281.396.4366. We’re happily accepting new patients at Katy Smile Design.