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Dental Cleaning

Fibonacci Dental Studio

Cosmetic Dentists & Family Dentists located in Rapid City, SD

There’s nothing like the feeling of clean teeth. Brushing your teeth feels good, but a thorough dental cleaning by Laura Davies, DDS, and the team at Fibonacci Dental Studio in Rapid City, South Dakota, feels even better. It even improves your oral health by eliminating harmful hardened bacteria that you can’t remove with a brush. Book your next dental cleaning by calling Fibonacci Dental Studio directly or reserving an appointment online today.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What is a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings are an essential step in preventing the complications that can make you wish you didn’t have teeth to deal with in the first place. By getting regular cleanings from the team at Fibonacci Dental Studio, you can maintain the natural luster of your teeth and keep harmful bacteria out of the crevices. 

A dental cleaning by a trained hygienist goes beyond the reach of brushing at home. Brushing removes most plaque, the sticky white stuff on your teeth, but dental cleanings remove tartar, plaque that has solidified. Plaque and tartar contain bacteria that create acids. The acids from the bacteria eat away at your teeth and your gums, and can cause:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Tooth decay
  • Staining

Dental cleanings happen at the same time as dental exams. After examining your teeth precleaning, the team at Fibonacci Dental Studio can identify issues and help you refine your oral hygiene routine.  


What can I expect during my dental cleaning?

The first step of the professional dental cleaning process is called scaling. Your hygienist uses a metal scaling tool to scrape plaque and tartar off the surfaces of your teeth. This step generally isn’t uncomfortable, but it may take a while if it’s been a long time since your previous cleaning.

The next step is polishing. Your hygienist selects a gritty toothpaste and uses an electric toothbrush to scrub and shine your teeth. If you do this too often, it can wear down the enamel on your teeth. It’s perfectly safe to do this at your dental cleaning appointments, and it makes your teeth feel especially smooth when you leave the office.

For the final touches, your dental cleaning includes expert flossing between each of your teeth and a fluoride rinse. These steps remove any remaining debris and toothpaste from the gaps between your teeth and the gumline. You’ll finish the process with a foamy flavored fluoride treatment and a fluoride varnish that protects your teeth against cavities for several months. 

You can eat and drink as you please right after your appointment since the fluoride varnish hardens right away.


How often should I get dental cleanings?

Dental cleanings should be a regular part of your routine. Starting around age 2, you should get dental cleanings twice a year. You can book them ahead of time and plan on coming to Fibonacci Dental Studio once every six months. Even if you never got cleanings as a child, there’s never a bad time to start making them a habit.

Whether it’s your first dental cleaning or just another one in your routine, call Fibonacci Dental Studio or reserve your appointment online today.


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