Heading to the dentist for your first dental cleaning and checkup? It can be confusing and kind of scary if you don’t know exactly what to expect. Kevin Postol, DDS wants to demystify the dental cleaning process for you! Your Ballwin family dentist wants to make your experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Here’s what you can expect from a simple dental cleaning from one of the best dentists in Ballwin, Missouri!
Even if you follow a daily brushing and flossing routine, we still recommend that you come in for a checkup and cleaning twice a year. Regular dental cleanings keep your mouth looking healthy and free of cavities. Not only that, they can help prevent (or detect!) any kind of gum disease or oral cancers. Visit your Ballwin family dentist, Dr. Kevin Postol, for a quality dental cleaning today!
What Can I Expect from a Dental Cleaning?
Before your appointment begins, a dental hygienist will ask you about your overall and oral health. We ask these questions to make sure we give you the kind of care that you need! Typically, we will take dental X-rays to check for any issues. Because the cleaning is so hands on, if you have a gag-reflex sensitivity, let one of us know so we can make the process more comfortable for you.
Next, we will use a scaler (a metal instrument with a small blade on the end) to scrape away tartar below your gum line. We can remove tartar and check for bleeding or swollen gums, as this may be a sign of gum disease. A regular toothbrush doesn’t remove plaque and tartar like our tools do! Then, we’ll rinse away the plaque or tartar, and we will finish by polishing your teeth with a slightly abrasive toothpaste, and finishing off with flossing.
Once your teeth are clean, Dr. Kevin Postol will examine your mouth. He’s looking for areas of disease or decay. He’ll check the size of your gum pockets, and evaluate your jaw and teeth for bruxism (teeth grinding) or any issues with TMJ.
Dr. Kevin Postol is one of the best dentists in Ballwin, Missouri! If you are ready to take charge of your dental health, make an appointment for a dental cleaning at our offices! Call (636) 238-3197 to make your appointment today!