Your teeth cleaning and check-up visits are as important as every other dental treatment. These visits include many dental services that are a vital part of maintaining long-term oral health.
Silverdale Dental Center recommends that healthy teens and adults should have their teeth professionally cleaned at least once every 6 months. The frequency of deep teeth cleaning depends on the health of your teeth and gums. If you have braces, are a smoker, or have a tendency to get gum infections, you should visit your dentist more often. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist how often you should schedule your cleanings.
What to Expect During the Teeth Cleaning Process
During the prophylaxis (cleaning) portion of your routine visit, your dental hygienist will remove soft (plaque) and hard (tartar, calculus, or stains) deposits that cause cavities from your teeth.
The primary purpose of having your teeth cleaned is to prevent or delay the progression of periodontal diseases. Your dental hygienist may start with an “air polisher” (an air, water, and flavored baking soda spray) to remove stains and soften deposits and will then use polish and floss to remove any remaining stains. We use a fluoride solution in our polishing paste for all of our patients, not only because it strengthens the teeth against decay but also because it has a proven antibacterial effect, which helps to prevent periodontal disease. You will be given personalized home care instructions and a final mouthwash.
Does Teeth Cleaning Hurt?
Many people have a fear of regular dental cleanings. The sounds and smells in dental offices can sometimes be strange and scary for people of all ages. We can assure you that at Silverdale Dental Center, we will take good care of you and make sure that your cleaning is a pleasant and comfortable one. A cleaning with one of our hygienists is a simple procedure that doesn’t require sedation. Communication is key, so if you are feeling anxious about your dental visit, make sure to let your hygienist know.
What to Expect During your Dental Check-up
The professional cleaning visits include a thorough exam twice a year for all ages. The examination includes a health history update and a soft tissue/oral cancer screening. Your dentist will examine your entire mouth and look for any signs of decay or periodontal (gum) disease. They will also examine your bite and your TMJ (Temporo-mandibular joint) and prescribe any X-rays you may need. During this process, you are always encouraged to ask as many questions as you feel necessary.
Dental cleanings can be done with minimal, if any, discomfort to the patient. We want your cleanings and check-ups to be a pleasant experience. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available at an additional fee for your comfort and relaxation. Please notify us if you are uncomfortable for any reason.
As of May 19th we are open for full-service, non-urgent dental treatment.
Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.
Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.
Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.
You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:
You will be notified via text, email or a phone call in regard to your upcoming visit and our new check-in procedures.
Our office will communicate with you to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office. We will also take your forehead temperature when you arrive at our office.
We ask that you please wear a mask covering your nose and mouth when you arrive.
We want to minimize the number of patients in our waiting room and operatories, so unless necessary, please have accompanying people wait in the car during your appointment.
We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at (360)692-9560.
Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.
Sincerely, Dr. Jason Niemeyer, Dr. Jeffrey Phillips and the rest of the SDC team (360)692-9560