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By Mark J. Gleckner, D.M.D.
October 06, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures

Visiting your Florham Park, NJ, dentist, Dr. Mark Gleckner, every six months for teeth cleanings helps you protect your oral health. Here's what you can expect during your next visit.

A discussion about your oral health

Before your cleaning begins, you'll be asked if you've noticed any changes in your oral health or are experiencing any pain. If you are experiencing any problems, the dental hygienist will clean very gently around the painful areas. Information about your complaints will also be passed on to the dentist.


If you're due for X-rays during your visit to the Florham Park, NJ, dentist, your hygienist may take the X-rays before beginning the cleaning. X-rays help your dentist spot tooth decay and other tooth issues.

Removing tartar and plaque during the cleaning

The dental hygienist uses a small handheld tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. Plaque, a sticky film that contains bacteria, is transparent, while hard tartar looks brown or beige. You can remove plaque yourself at home by brushing and flossing, but tartar can only be removed during a dental cleaning. If plaque and tartar remain on your teeth, your risk of tooth decay and gum disease will rise.

During the cleaning, the hygienist will pay particular attention to places where plaque and tartar tend to accumulate, including the bottoms of teeth, between teeth, and under overlapping sections of teeth.

Making your smile sparkle

After your teeth are thoroughly cleaned, your dental hygienist uses an electric brush to polish your teeth with a gritty toothpaste. Polishing gets rid of surface stains and leaves your teeth feeling cleaner than ever. Your hygienist may also floss your teeth after polishing them.

Your dental exam

You'll have a checkup either before or after your cleaning. If you mentioned any tooth or gum symptoms or the dental hygienist noted any potential trouble spots, your Florham Park NJ dentist will check those areas first. He'll examine your mouth carefully looking for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, weak spots in your teeth, cracks, loose fillings, and other issues. Should any tooth, gum, or mouth problems be noted, you'll receive information about treatment options.

Have you ever wondered why your dentist feels your neck during your exam? He's checking for lumps that could mean that you have oral cancer. He also looks for other possible signs of cancer inside your mouth. Cancer screenings are essential and help you safeguard your oral and general health.

Is it time to schedule your next teeth cleaning and checkup appointment? Call your dentist in Florham Park, NJ, Dr. Mark Gleckner, at (973) 377-1174 to schedule your appointment.