Can Dental Cleanings Hurt Your Enamel?

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While you’re getting your teeth cleaned, you’re not able to see everything your hygienist is doing but you are able to hear or feel their work. At some point, it may seem like your hygienist is really scraping your teeth. Some people wonder if that action might damage their tooth enamel. After all, tooth enamel is crucial to healthy teeth and since it doesn’t grow back, we want to keep it in its best condition.


Leave Scraping to the Professionals

Dental cleanings do NOT hurt your enamel. Your dental hygienist is trained to take good care of your teeth while cleaning away the plaque or tartar that may have built up on them. They use a special tool called a scaler, and even though it might sound bad, they’re not chipping away at the enamel. Tartar is a hard, calcified deposit. Sometimes it can require a bit of work to get it off! Doing this scaling action is safe in the hands of a trained professional, but there could certainly be some enamel damage if you try to do it yourself at home!


Ask Your Dental Team

Dental hygienists play an important role in maintaining the oral health of dental patients. Besides thoroughly cleaning your teeth, they can provide helpful tips for taking care of your teeth at home. If you ever feel unsure about what your dental team is doing or why, you should always feel free to ask them. Your health, safety, and comfort are their priorities. If you don’t feel comfortable having an open and honest discussion with your dentist or dental hygienist regarding your oral health, then maybe it’s time to find a new dental home! Our Willow Smiles Dentistry team is always happy to answer questions and discuss procedures with our patients.


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Ready to schedule your next dental cleaning? Willow Smiles Dentistry provides a comprehensive suite of dental services for the whole family, including dentistry for kids. You can trust that our team will work hard to make your dental experience a positive one.


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