Here's What Your Dentist Is Looking For During Your Cleaning

Looking back on your last dental cleaning, you probably remember a lot of pressing on your teeth and requests to “open wider” as the overhead light illuminated the depths of your mouth. What was your dentist looking for?

At Mayer Dental Care in Midtown West in New York City, Dr. Wendy Mayer wants you to know that a cleaning is just the first step in a routine dental hygiene visit. It’s her job to check out the entire surface and every crevice of every one of your teeth to find invisible issues and treat them before they turn into dental emergencies.

There’s no clean like dental office clean

When you show up at the dentist, you know you’re in for some scraping and scrubbing, even if your at-home oral health routine is impeccable. The best, most methodical brusher and flosser can’t do quite the same job as a practicing dental hygienist. 

You’ll get a great scrub that reaches every angle, and a flossing that goes further and deeper than you probably attempt at home. Any plaque or tartar will be mercilessly chased down and eradicated along your gum line. Once your mouth is sparkling clean, it’s time for Dr. Mayer to look for hidden issues.

Signs of disease and decay

The mirror on a stick and pointy pick are tools of the trade, and designed to give Dr. Mayer a 360-degree view of the inside of your mouth. She’ll apply pressure on your teeth to look for any sensitivity, and peer into every crevice looking for discoloration. It’s not just your teeth, however — your tongue, cheeks, palate and gums are also on the line for inspection.


Dr. Mayer will look for:


If everything comes up fine, you’re good until your next appointment. If Dr. Mayer sees something that isn’t quite right, she can order X-rays or other tests to identify any issues and recommend further treatment.

How long has it been since your last cleaning? If the answer is more than six months, give us a call at 212-246-2398 or book an appointment online using our easy scheduling tool. 

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