The Cleaning

Brushing and flossing helps clean the plaque from your teeth, but you can’t remove tartar at home. During the cleaning your dentist will use special tools to remove tartar. This is called scaling. When your teeth are scaled, they may be polished. In most cases a gritty paste is used for this and will help to remove any surface stains on your teeth. In the final step, your dental professional will use floss to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean.

The Check-up

Dr. Anthony Pfleger will check for cavities and to see if there is plaque or tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can get harder and become tartar. You cannot remove tartar with brushing and flossing. If plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, they can cause oral diseases.

Next your gums will be checked. This will be done with a special tool to measure the spaces between your teeth and gums. With healthy gums, the spaces are shallow. When people have gum disease, the spaces may become deeper.

The check-up should also include your tongue, throat, face, head and neck. This is to look for any signs of trouble, swelling or cancer.

Schedule a dental exam and cleaning in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, at 717-960-9969 or stop by our Smile Rite II office.