Dental Cleaning

Dental Cleaning Pelham NH

A dental cleaning is a preventative measure against decay and periodontal disease. Most are performed by a dental hygienist following your dental exam. Cleanings maintain healthy teeth and gums while providing education on proper dental hygiene. Common practice includes the removal of plaque and tartar using a small mirror, scaler, and professional electric brush.

Removal of Plaque and Tartar

The dental hygienist will use a small mirror and scaler to effectively remove plaque and tartar. Plaque is a film of bacteria that can cause decay and gum disease if not removed. Tartar is the hardened form of plaque. Tooth brushing and flossing removes plaque but if not properly done, patients will notice tartar buildup. Plaque and tartar is found on teeth and the gum line. Your hygienist will remove these substances and discuss ways to improve your dental hygiene.

Tooth Polishing

Tooth polishing begins after the plaque and tartar have been removed. The hygienist uses a professional electric brush with a gritty toothpaste to polish your teeth. The toothpaste will taste regular but you may notice slight pressure. This is to assure each tooth is getting polished properly. Once complete, you will rinse and notice a cleaner difference.

Some patients may need fluoride treatment after the dental cleaning. Fluoride protects the teeth from decay and can last for a few months. This treatment consists of a foamy gel or varnish which is applied to your teeth for a minute. The treatment hardens quickly and then you will be done.

Will my teeth whiten with a dental cleaning?

Some surfaces stains can be removed with a dental cleaning. Be sure to ask us about professional teeth whitening if you are interested in a brighter smile. Our dental office is able to lighten teeth up to 8 shades in one visit.

Contact Us Today

A dental cleaning is essential to prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease. We encourage you to contact our office and schedule a cleaning soon. Call us at (603) 635-2146.