Dental Hygienist

Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC

Stephen Brogdon, DDS

General Dentist located in Fort Worth, TX

Even spotless teeth can benefit from a professional cleaning by a dental hygienist. General and cosmetic dentist, Stephen Brogdon, DDS, and his team at Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC provide the community of Fort Worth, Texas, with professional teeth cleanings and regular exams for preventive care. If you want to improve your oral health with a dental cleaning, call or click online to schedule an appointment at Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC today.

Dental Hygienist Q & A

Why is seeing a dental hygienist important?

Dental cleanings and exams play a critical role in your oral health care plan. At Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC, a licensed dental hygienist cleans your teeth before Dr. Brogdon performs an exam. Depending on your individual needs, Dr. Brogdon may recommend you get a cleaning once or twice per year.

Dental hygienists are experts at cleaning teeth. By using specialized instruments, they can remove tough tartar and see areas of your mouth completely hidden from your view. Even if you practice impeccable dental hygiene, professional teeth cleanings go above and beyond the care you give yourself at home.

Regular dental cleanings offer the following benefits:

  • Cavity prevention
  • Fresher breath
  • A brighter smile
  • Improved overall health

Seeing a dental hygienist may also prevent the need for expensive tooth restoration procedures in the future.

What happens during a teeth cleaning?

First, the hygienist gently scrapes plaque and tartar from the surface of your teeth and along your gum line with special instruments. Next, they use a rotating toothbrush and gritty paste to polish your teeth. Once your teeth are cleaned and polished, the hygienist may apply a fluoride gel.

After your cleaning, the hygienist reviews proper methods for cleaning your teeth and maintaining a healthy smile at home. Topics may include:

  • Daily flossing
  • Effective brushing styles and techniques
  • How and when to use mouthwash

What does a dentist check for in a routine exam?

After the hygienist cleans your teeth, Dr. Brogdon may perform a dental exam. He inspects all your teeth and the soft tissues in your mouth to ensure they’re healthy.

Dr. Brogdon may take X-rays during your exam. This test provides additional information about the health of your teeth and helps Dr. Brogdon catch any problems early.

Expect him to check for the following oral health problems during your exam:

  • Tooth decay
  • Gum disease
  • Teeth shifting
  • Teeth grinding

To keep your smile in the best shape possible, schedule regular teeth cleanings and exams at Fort Worth Dental Care PLLC. Call or click online to book an appointment today.