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Dr. Jon Skare
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What to Expect During Your Teeth Cleaning

July 21, 2021
Posted By: Wood Park Dental
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It’s so crucial to visit the dentist in Eagan at least twice a year if you want to maintain a healthy set of teeth, and we want you to feel completely at ease about your dental treatment. 

Has it been a while since your last trip to the dentist? No problem! Our clinical team at Wood Park Dental is here to walk you through exactly what you can expect during your next professional teeth cleaning and dental exam. 

How long does a teeth cleaning take? 

The typical teeth cleaning lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. During this time, your dental hygienist thoroughly cleans every surface of your teeth and gums, including areas that may be hard for you to reach consistently with just a toothbrush. 

What are the steps of a teeth cleaning at Wood Park Dental?

The first step in most dental cleaning appointments is to take any necessary x-rays or updated dental images. These x-rays aren’t necessary at every visit, so don’t worry if your hygienist skips this step.

Next, your hygienist will typically get an overview of your mouth by looking at all your teeth and gums using a small dental mirror. This mirror helps your hygienist understand your overall oral health and draws attention to any problem areas before they begin the cleaning.

The next step is typically the one that takes the longest: scaling. Because tartar is impossible for you to remove from your teeth at home without professional dental tools, your hygienist will spend some time using a small handheld tool called a “scaler” to scrape unwanted plaque from your teeth and along your gum line.

Because it's important to clean every tooth, you can expect your hygienist to spend most of your appointment in this phase. 

Once your hygienist cleans your teeth, they will polish them with an electric polisher and then floss between each of your teeth. This helps remove any unwanted debris left behind after the teeth cleaning.

What happens after the teeth cleaning?

The final step is a dental exam performed by one of our general dentists in Eagan, MN. This exam usually lasts about ten minutes and involves your dentist checking your smile for any signs of loose teeth, gum disease, and cavities. 

Once your dental exam is over, you’re free to leave! Your typical dental appointment will last under an hour, and you only need to visit us once every six months as part of your overall dental wellness plan.

Contact Our Dentist Office in Eagan Today!

Do you need to schedule your next dental appointment with us? Please call today at (952) 431-5088

Wood Park Dental is located at 4355 Nicols Road near Rahn Park. Our dentist office is a short drive for patients near Bloomington. Simply take W 90th St and MN-77 S/Cedar Ave. Take the CoRd/Diffley Rd exit to Nicols Road. Take a right onto Cedar Ridge Cir and our office will be on the left!


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