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If you’re interested in knowing what your next dental cleaning appointment will entail, then you have come to the right blog. Our dentist, Dr. Michael Mullen, is happy to tell you all about the steps involved in the treatment so you can know what to expect in the dental chair. This might help you have a more relaxed and positive dental experience. The steps you can expect during your cleaning are:

Step No. 1: Your hygienist will take a few X-rays of your smile after putting a protective shield over your chest and after giving you bitewings and instructions. The X-rays will help our team thoroughly examine the mouth.

Step No. 2: Your hygienist will inspect your teeth and gums for any signs of dental issues. They will do this by examining your mouth with a little dental mirror and tool. Typically, they will measure the gums and test for cavities.

Step No. 3: Your hygienist will deeply clean your teeth with special instruments to remove the plaque and tartar from your teeth and gumline as well as clean the surfaces of your teeth from every other type of bacteria. They will also floss between each tooth.

Step No. 4: Your hygienist will rinse your mouth with water to wash any debris away. Your hygienist will likely rinse your mouth multiple times throughout the appointment.

Step No. 5: Your hygienist will strengthen your teeth with a fluoride treatment that will come in the form of a varnish, gel, or foam. The fluoride will help your teeth resist tooth decay and enamel erosion.

To learn more about the steps involved in dental cleanings in El Paso, Texas, or to schedule your next dental cleaning and exam appointment, please contact Michael R. Mullen D.D.S. today at 915-593-1900. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to hearing from you!