Regular dental cleanings can help protect the integrity of your teeth and keep your mouth healthy. Here’s what to expect during your routine dental cleaning.
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Dental Cleanings are Essential

Most people need their teeth cleaned twice a year. Teeth cleanings are an essential part of maintaining excellent oral health and maintaining your overall health. There are several steps involved in professional teeth cleaning at Wetherill Family Dentistry.

Why Are Teeth Cleanings Important?

Professional teeth cleanings are important because they provide a whiter, brighter smile. A healthy smile can help you feel more confident, which may help promote a higher quality of life. However, the benefits of dental cleanings go far beyond a beautiful smile.

Oral cancers can be detected early during routine cleaning examinations. Around one in 60 men and one in 140 women will be diagnosed with oral cancer during their lifetime. When caught early, oral cancers can be successfully treated.

Teeth cleanings protect your oral health by preventing cavities and gum disease, like gingivitis. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss and be painful, making eating certain foods difficult.

Physical Exam

Dental cleanings are usually done by a hygienist at Wetherill Family Dentistry and start with an exam. The hygienist uses a small dental mirror to examine your teeth and gums to ensure they’re healthy. If there are concerns, the hygienist may want to consult with Dr. Wetherill before moving forward.

Plaque Removal

The hygienist will begin cleaning by removing any plaque or tartar buildup along the gum line or between the teeth. They’ll do this using specialized instruments. You may hear sounds of this cleaning process during this part of the cleaning. This is normal and nothing to cause you concern.

Brushing Teeth

Once the hygienist has removed plaque and tartar, they will brush your teeth using a powerful electric toothbrush and special toothpaste. This toothpaste may taste and look similar to the kind you use at home but has a grittier texture that gently scrubs and polishes your teeth.

Expert Flossing

The hygienist will floss between your teeth to remove debris once brushing is complete. Even if you floss regularly at home, this is an important step. Not only does expert flossing thoroughly clean your teeth, but it can pinpoint any spots on the gums where bleeding may occur.


After the expert flossing, you’ll need to rinse your mouth to remove any leftover debris. Sometimes, the hygienist will remove excess liquid and rinse with a special suction tool.

Fluoride Treatment

Your dental professional at Wetherill Family Dentistry may apply a fluoride varnish to your teeth after cleaning. This treatment helps protect your teeth against cavities in Wilmington for several months.

Schedule Regular Teeth Cleanings

Having your teeth cleaned twice a year can help keep you healthy and provide you with a bright smile. If you haven’t had your teeth professionally cleaned recently, now is the time to schedule an appointment. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our dental team.

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