If you don’t go to the dentist very often, perhaps due to a dental phobia or a lack of dental insurance, you may be a little nervous about your upcoming James Island dentist appointment. Not to worry—it’s very understandable to be nervous when heading into a new situation. Below are some answers to some common questions we receive regarding our dental exams, which can hopefully help you feel more confident and comfortable as you head into our office.
Does having your teeth cleaned hurt?
Those who brush and floss regularly typically do not experience discomfort during a dental cleaning. However, if you do not brush and floss on a regular basis, you may feel a little sensitivity as plaque and tartar buildup is removed. In general, however, you should not experience any actual pain during the appointment.
What are the steps in a standard James Island tooth cleaning?
During a dental cleaning, your dental hygienist will perform the following diagnostic, preventative, and educational services:
- Reviewing and updating your medical history
- Taking dental X-Rays
- Removing plaque and tartar
- Polishing the teeth to remove stains
- In-office tooth whitening, if requested
If you are interested in quitting smoking, your hygienist can offer you tobacco cessation counseling, too. After these standard steps have been performed, the dentist will inspect your teeth for signs of cavities and other issues.
I brush and floss every day. Do I still need a dental cleaning?
Yes. Even the best brushers find it difficult to reach completely under the gums and in-between the teeth, and there may be tartar on your teeth which, if not reached and cleaned, can progress into a cavity. Diet, the quality of the water with which you brush, and genetics also influence how much tartar you accumulate, too, so although most tartar build up is caused by lack of oral hygiene, even those with perfect oral hygiene aren’t “safe.”
A dental cleaning is also necessary to spot small issues you may have overlooked, like hairline fractures, before they progress into something much worse (and more expensive.)
Need a Dentist in James Island SC?
If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist, general dentist, family dentist, or restorative dentist in James Island, head down to Lowcountry Dental Arts to get the compassionate care you deserve. We can’t wait to see you and help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile for life! To request an appointment, fill out our form here.