What to Expect During a Dental Exam & Teeth Cleaning

Brushing and flossing your teeth on a daily basis is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. However, regular dental exams and teeth cleaning are also a vital part of maintaining good oral health. While some may procrastinate on regular checkups, it’s important to remember that avoiding dental cleanings and exams could affect your oral and overall health. Let’s discover more about what happens during a dental exam and professional in-house teeth cleaning.

Teeth and Gum Examination

Before the teeth cleaning, our hygienist will check the patient’s mouth with a small mirror and scan for signs of oral health problems. Inflamed gums, plaque build up, and dark spots, are all things they will focus on during the teeth cleaning. If more issues are found such as gum disease and tooth decay, our hygienist will inform the dentist who will then give a more thorough examination with X-rays.


X-rays will not typically be needed on every dental visit. Our hygienist and doctor will discuss with you whether or not you will need X-rays depending on your oral health. The radiation exposure from dental X-rays is very low. At Dyer Dental Care, we use digital X-rays which have even less radiation than normal X-rays machines. Remember to express any concerns or questions to our dentist and dental staff. Our staff can answer any questions you have about X-rays.

Scaling & Root Planing

Our hygienist will then remove all the plaque and tartar above and below the gum line using a small hooked tool called a scaler. This tool will help them clean all the way down to the bottom of your gum pocket. Our dentist will then begin root planing, which is smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth.

Polishing and Flossing

Next, our hygienist will polish the teeth and remove any stains using a handheld electric tool with a rubber prophy cup attached and a gritty toothpaste called prophylaxis paste. Patients can expect to feel a slow grinding motion on the teeth during this step in the process. The hygienist then flosses the patient’s teeth to remove any remaining plaque and paste.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride treatments offer significant benefits to protect teeth from tooth decay. Patients can choose what flavor fluoride gel they like. This gel is then placed inside a mouthpiece that the patient must wear for approximately a minute.

Schedule a Dental Exam & Teeth Cleaning Today!

Call today to schedule a dental exam and teeth cleaning at (915) 566-9415. You can also send us a message through our Contact Us page if you want to ask us a question. Our dental staff can answer any questions you have about treatment, insurance, or financing options available to our patients.