What to Expect from Teeth Cleaning at the Dentist

A thorough dental cleaning by a hygienist is a lot different than the way you brush your teeth at home. It can seem like an intimidating and uncomfortable process to many. It doesn’t have to be a scary experience if you know what to expect. Let’s take a look at the steps involved when it comes to professional teeth cleaning in Highland Park.

Physical Exam

First, your hygienist will take a look at your smile. This physical exam provides some basic information regarding the condition of your teeth. The hygienist uses a long-handled small mirror to be able to see your teeth from every angle. If signs of gingivitis, decay or damage are seen, they will be noted for the dentist.

Plaque and Tartar Removal

Next, the hygienist uses an instrument called a scaler to scrape against your teeth to remove excess tartar and plaque. The mirror will be used to guide the process. You’ll hear a scraping sound, but there shouldn’t be pain involved.

Toothpaste Cleaning

A high-powered electric brush will be used next to clean your teeth with a gritty toothpaste. You may hear a grinding noise, but that’s just the motor of the brush. The toothpaste might taste a bit odd due to the gritty texture. Your hygienist will help you to rinse your mouth periodically with water to remove the paste.


Expert flossing by a hygienist is usually more thorough than the job you do at home. It also removes any extra paste or plaque left from the previous steps. You may notice some bleeding due to the thoroughness of the flossing. This is normal.

Flouride Treatment

Finally, a flouride treatment is applied to your teeth. The substance is placed in a tray that covers your teeth. You can choose your flavor. Your teeth will have an extra layer of protection until your next checkup in six months.

A professional teeth cleaning in Highland Park doesn’t have to be scary. It’s definitely an investment in your oral hygiene.

Visit us at North Suburban Dental or see our website at https://www.nsdentist.com/ to learn more about our services.