Routine dental cleanings are critical to keeping teeth healthy and protecting against tooth loss, but over 50% of Americans skip their dental cleanings each year. Bill Gilbert DDS focuses on comfort dentistry to help patients in the Bellevue, Washington, area feel less fearful when they visit for a cleaning. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule a dental cleaning today to experience this difference.
A dental cleaning is a routine dental procedure that removes plaque and tartar deposits from your teeth. At a cleaning, Dr. Gilbert or one of his hygienists removes those deposits using specialized equipment that cleans more deeply than is possible with a toothbrush alone. Plaque and tartar can contribute to gum disease and tooth decay, so visiting Dr. Gilbert and his team for cleanings on a regular basis is critical.
A dental cleaning starts with a device that vibrates to loosen the tartar, and the hygienist washes away the loose tartar with a water sprayer. After this, the hygienist uses hand tools to remove any remaining deposits from the surface of your teeth and just underneath the gum line. The cleaning finishes with a polishing. Sometimes, Dr. Gilbert recommends applying fluoride as well.
Cleanings should not cause pain, unless the buildup is severe. In fact, many of Dr. Gilbert's patients report that they enjoy the cleaning because of the gentle approach of his team. Patients who've had painful cleanings in the past often report a better experience when they switch to Dr. Gilbert.
Dr. Gilbert practices comfort dentistry. His goal is to make all of patients feel comfortable throughout their visit, including at regular dental cleanings. If you’re anxious about cleanings, Dr. Gilbert’s approach may include:
In addition, the warm, upbeat atmosphere of the office helps you feel relaxed and at ease.
Dr. Gilbert recommends a dental cleaning once every six months to keep teeth as clean as possible. Patients who don't have their dental cleanings regularly are at higher risk for complications, and you may find that your cleanings are more challenging if you’ve waited. Schedule a dental cleaning with Dr. Gilbert online today.