Four common tools and instruments used during a professional teeth cleaning

During a regular dental cleaning and examination visit, patients will not only experience a full evaluation and digital x-rays, but also a teeth cleaning session with either Kinga or Caroline , our professional dental hygienists. Many patients love getting their teeth cleaned, as they are thorough and use various tools  to remove plaque and tartar.

Below are just a few of the products and instruments used during a professional in office teeth cleaning;

Digital x-rays-Before going in to the hygienist’s room, she will take a series of digital x rays, including a panorex (which shows the whole mouth) as well as bite wings.  Using the digital system allows her to project the images on to  the screen in front of you which allows you to understand what is happening in your mouth.  These x-rays can be easily emailed to any specialist or your insurance provider, if necessary.

Communication- The most important part of your dental cleaning is the communication between you and your hygienist.  You will always have the time to ask your questions and express your concerns or fears.  This allows us to look after you properly and work with you to improve and maintain  your dental health. The more information that you tell us, the better we can help you.

  • Dental mirror. Dental mirrors make it easier for dental professionals to see into the mouth, especially in those hard-to-see areas near the back molars. The mirror is strategically used to bounce light into the mouth to help illuminate the mouth and make it easier to see problems such as calculus deposits and cavities. Mirrors are reusable after being properly sterilized.
  • Ultrasonic Dental Scaler. An ultrasonic scaler is a hand-held instrument used to dislodge plaque and tartar off of the surfaces of the teeth. Usually the hygienist will start off with this and remove the biggest pieces of tartar first and then continue with  manual scalers to remove the smaller hidden tartar in between and around the roots. There are two ends to these scalers. One end is pointed and used to treat the section of the tooth above the gums, while the other end is curved and blunt to reach areas at or below the gum line without causing damage or injury to soft tissues. Once the teeth are free from plaque and tartar, the dental hygienist will polish each tooth to ensure it has a beautiful, shiny surface. This polisher is an electric instrument that is used along with abrasive powder/baking soda to buff the teeth and leave the surfaces clean and smooth.
  • Rinse At the end of your dental cleaning appointment,she will ask you to rinse with a professional mouthwash.  This treats up to 99% of the germs in the mouth.
  • If you work or live in downtown Montreal and are looking for an experienced dentist in a state of the art office, contact the practice of Dr. Lenny Slepchik today. Call (514) 875-7971 or email him at and visit the practice at 800 Boul. Rene-Levesque O, Suite 310.

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