The Dental Cleaning Process

Quick and Easy Dental Cleanings for Pristine Oral Health

Nobody wants to deal with pesky tooth problems or an unsightly smile. By maintaining excellent oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings, you can avoid invasive treatments and having to hide your smile due to embarrassment.

Find out more about the dental cleaning process below, so you’re prepared when you visit our Fort Wayne dentist for your next appointment. Contact Union Chapel Dentistry at (260) 232-0280 today.

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How a Dental Cleaning Works

Dental Exam

Before your dental cleaning begins, a dental hygienist or dentist will perform a dental exam to check for any signs of problems such as cavities or gum disease. These exams are essential for determining the condition of your oral health, and if you’ll need any additional treatments. They’re relatively quick and shouldn’t cause any pain.

At least once a year, our dental team will also take digital X-rays to detect problems we can’t see with the naked eye.

Plaque and Tartar Removal

Using specialized dental tools, such as a dental scaler, our dental team will perform plaque and tartar removal. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth and can lead to cavities and gum disease. Tartar is a hard mineral deposit that forms when plaque isn’t removed and can only be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. You may feel some sensitivity during this process, but it shouldn’t be painful.

Teeth Cleaning and Polishing

Once the plaque and tartar have been removed, our dentist will clean and polish your teeth using a special toothpaste and brush. This process removes surface stains and leaves your teeth feeling smooth, shiny, and clean.


Our dental hygienists will then floss between the teeth to remove any remaining plaque or food particles. Flossing is essential during dental cleanings because it can reach areas between teeth that are difficult to clean with a toothbrush.

Fluoride Treatment

Depending on your oral health, Dr. David Painter may recommend a fluoride treatment to help protect your teeth from decay. Fluoride is a mineral that can help remineralize teeth and make them more decay-resistant. The fluoride treatment may be applied as a gel, foam, or varnish that is brushed onto the teeth and left to sit for a few minutes before being rinsed off.

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Post-Dental Cleaning Care

After a dental cleaning, you may feel a bit of sensitivity, especially if it was a deep cleaning. We recommend doing the following after your appointment:

  • Regular brushing and flossing should be continued.
  • It’s recommended to avoid foods or beverages that are extremely hot, cold, sweet, or acidic if there’s sensitivity.
  • Rinse with a saltwater solution or anti-sensitivity mouthwash to alleviate discomfort.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings as advised by our dentist, typically every 6 months.

Why Choose Union Chapel Dentistry for the Dental Cleaning Process?

Here are some key reasons to choose Dr. David Painter at Union Chapel Dentistry for your dental cleanings:

  • Advanced Technology: Dr. Painter utilizes the latest dental technology like digital X-rays and intraoral cameras for thorough cleanings without unnecessary exposure.
  • Patient Comfort: From warm neck pillows to paraffin hand waxing, Dr. Painter prioritizes your comfort at every visit.
  • Experienced Care: With over 30 years of experience, Dr. Painter has the expertise to properly assess your oral health needs and provide skilled cleanings.
  • Individualized Approach: Cleanings are tailored to your unique oral health status and risk factors to maximize effectiveness.
  • Minimally Invasive: Dr. Painter focuses on prevention and early intervention to avoid more invasive procedures down the road.
  • Insurance Friendly: Our Fort Wayne dental practice works with most dental insurance plans to optimize and streamline benefits.

Don’t put it off any longer — contact Union Chapel Dentistry today to schedule the dental cleaning your smile deserves with Dr. David Painter!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a dental cleaning take?

A dental cleaning appointment typically lasts about 45 minutes to one hour. If x-rays or other services are needed, the appointment may require more time. Let your dentist’s office know upfront if you have any special needs so they can properly accommodate you during your cleaning visit.

How can I make sure my dental cleaning goes smoothly?

Follow any pre-appointment instructions from your dentist, like avoiding certain foods or medications. Arrive early to complete any paperwork. Let your hygienist know if you have any sensitivities or anxieties about the process. And don’t forget to brush and floss thoroughly before your appointment!

What should I do if I have dental anxiety?

If you have dental anxiety, talk to your dentist about your concerns. They may be able to offer sedation options such as nitrous oxide or prescribe anti-anxiety medication to help you relax during the procedure.

Can I eat or drink before a dental cleaning?

It’s best to avoid eating or drinking anything before a dental cleaning, especially if you’re getting a fluoride treatment. Food and drink can interfere with the effectiveness of the fluoride treatment.

Experience a Comfortable Visit With Our Fort Wayne Dentist

Dental cleaning appointments are crucial to help maintain good oral hygiene and prevent dental problems. To get started with our Fort Wayne dentist, contact our dental office today by calling (260) 232-0280. We’re happily accepting new patients at Union Chapel Dentistry.

Union Chapel Dentistry

12714 Coldwater Rd.
Suite A
Fort Wayne, IN 46845

Office Hours

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*We see patients on Tuesdays and Thursdays