Wondering what goes into the process of a dental cleaning at Fischl Dental Associates? Want to make sure you’re prepared with questions to ask Dr. Paul Fischl or Dr. Marie Bradley Fischl at your next appointment? Read on to get more information about dental cleanings, how they differ from deep cleanings, and suggestions on a few questions you can ask your dentist during your next visit.

Understanding The Dental Cleaning Process

To begin the process, your dental hygienist will do a quick examination of your mouth to make sure it’s healthy enough for a cleaning. Then, they will use a tool called a “scaler” to scrape away food particles, plaque, and tartar from between your teeth, which helps keep them bright and healthy.

Next, your teeth will be cleaned thoroughly with a high-powered brush and a gritty toothpaste. This removes more plaque and tartar, and helps prepare your smile for your oral exam. Then, your teeth will be professionally flossed, leaving you with a completely clean smile. 

After your cleaning is complete, your hygienist will discuss your oral health with your dentist, and then you’ll get an exam from your dentist to ensure your smile is healthy and strong. You also may need to have x-rays taken, depending on when you last had x-rays and the findings of your dental hygienist and your dentist.

What Is The Difference Between A Deep Cleaning And A Routine Cleaning? 

A routine cleaning is recommended for every patient, and you should get a routine cleaning every six months, even if your mouth is healthy.

In contrast, a “deep cleaning” also called “scaling & root planing” is a periodontal care treatment that’s only required if you have gum disease. This treatment involves cleaning deeply between your teeth and gums, and is much more invasive than a routine cleaning. It may be done every 3-6 months, depending on your oral health.

Questions To Ask Your Dentist During Your Next Visit

Wondering how you can stay on top of your dental health? Here are some questions you may want to ask your dentist during your next visit. 

  • Is my home dental routine working for me? Based on the results of your oral exam and cleaning, your dentist can suggest improvements that can make your at-home dental care routine even more effective.
  • What is causing my sensitive teeth? Lots of things can cause sensitive teeth, from dietary issues to tooth demineralization and more. Your dentist can help you get to the root of the issue.
  • Should I use mouthwash? Using mouthwash is usually a good idea. Depending on whether you’re prone to cavities, may have gingivitis, or just want a whiter smile, your dentist can recommend the product that’s right for you.

Get The Dental Care You Need In Evanston From Fischl Dental Associates 

At our office, Dr. Paul Fischl, Dr. Marie Bradly Fischl, and our team of expert dental hygienists can help you get the dental care you need for a healthy mouth. Overdue for an appointment in Evanston? Contact us online or give us a call at (847) 864-0822 to schedule your consultation today.