Finally, put the finishing touch on your deep cleaning by swishing with a mouthwash to rinse and disinfect your mouth. It'll remove any lingering bacteria and ensure that you have fresh breath for your checkup. Pour a small amount in a small cup and swish it forcefully between your teeth and around your mouth for 30-60 seconds. Spit out the mouthwash, and you're ready for your dental closeup.
Your dental hygienist may also ask you to do a pre-procedural rinse before your cleaning. This step can significantly reduce the number of microorganisms (bacteria) that are introduced during professional dental cleanings or tooth restorations. A simple 30-to-60-second rinse can reduce contamination on dental equipment, dental personnel, and surfaces in the operatory.
Visiting the dentist should be anything but nerve-racking, but if your oral hygiene has been less than exemplary, you might be feeling a little nervous. By knowing how to get your teeth clean before the dentist, you can be sure that you'll have the best appointment possible. A deep clean is the key to a smooth dental appointment and the perfect way to renew your commitment to good oral hygiene.