Saint Louis Dentist Responds To Your Questions About Semi Annual Professional Cleanings

Written by Dr. Grayem on Aug 2, 2016

The American Dental Association stresses the importance of semi-annual professional dental cleanings. Following your dentist-recommended cleaning schedule will make it less likely that you will suffer from serious oral health issues down the road.

If you have questions about professional cleanings, keep reading for some more information from our Saint Louis dentists!

Q: What happens during a six-month cleaning?

A: Surprisingly, we pack a lot into these appointments! The main thing that happens, of course, is that our dentist cleans accumulated plaque and tartar from your smile—giving you a clean slate. We’ll check your mouth for any signs of dental health issues, and recommend relevant further treatment if we find a problem. We’ll also complete an oral cancer screening.

Q: What if I haven’t been to the dentist in a long time?

A: Our dentists hear from so many adults who have lapsed in their dental care—you are not alone! We strongly encourage you to come in for a thorough cleaning as soon as possible, so that we can help you get your oral hygiene routine back on track. Remember: our dental team is here to help, not to judge!

Q: How long does a professional cleaning take to complete?

A: In general, the entire appointment will be complete in under an hour. Your appointment may take a little longer if you are receiving any additional preventive treatments, or if it has been a long time since you have had your smile cleaned.

Q: Does a cleaning hurt?
A: Modern professional tools and techniques make professional cleanings quicker and more comfortable than ever before. If you are prone to dental pain and sensitivity, please let our dental team know, there are numbing agents that we can use to help keep you comfortable.

Our Saint Louis dentists are here to answer all of your questions—just give our team a call to get started and schedule your professional cleaning.