During Your Visit
Check in with the receptionist. You may have some paperwork to complete. After that, relax until a technician calls you into the room, where the hygienist will explain the procedure. They will clean your teeth and remove any tartar or plaque that has accumulated on your teeth, between them, and along the gum line. If there is too much buildup of this bacteria, your immune system fights back. If the accumulation continues, you may get gum disease that will also weaken your teeth.
Although appointments may differ due to the condition of the teeth, most involve the following:
X-Rays: If this is your first visit in a year or more, the technician may take X-rays that the dentist will review. X-rays help the dentist diagnose cavities and gum disease.
General Teeth Cleaning: Your hygienist will scrape the tartar buildup from your teeth, both above and below the gum line. Let them know if you feel any pain so they can inform the dentist. They will floss and polish your teeth. In many cases, they will also give you fluoride as a way of preventing decay.
Dentist Visit: The hygienist and dentist will talk with you about your teeth. The dentist may take a “pocket reading” to determine where your teeth connect with the gums. A deep pocket allows more bacteria and has a higher probability of gum disease. Be sure to ask any questions you have while the dentist is there.