About Dental Cleanings
To help make sure your teeth remain healthy and your smile remains bright, dental cleanings are performed to remove plaque and tartar buildup. While having a good at-home oral hygiene routine is important, it doesn't always protect against excess buildup, cavities, or teeth discoloration. Dr. Neela Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry recommends that most patients receive dental cleanings at least every six months. During a cleaning, professional dental tools are used to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up on the dental enamel. Once clean, the teeth will then be polished to remove stains and keep teeth healthy. For most patients, we recommend a professional fluoride treatment to strengthen teeth and combat the effects of acid we intake in our diets or stomach acid. Dental cleanings are typically done in conjunction with a dental examination from Dr. Patel so we can detect any cavities, areas of decay, or inflammation.
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What to Expect
Dental cleanings are generally painless, but if a patient has sensitive teeth or gums, a topical numbing gel can be used. If the patient has trouble getting through a dental cleaning due to anxiety or a strong gag reflex, mild sedation options are also available. A cleaning may begin with an ultrasonic instrument that helps loosen plaque and tartar and remove stain before fine hand tools (scalers and curettes) are used to carefully scale or scrape the buildup from the gumline and enamel. Once the deposits are removed, the teeth are polished using a special scrub and motorized tool. If needed, Dr. Patel or one of our dental hygienists, can go over good home oral care routines and help the patient with their brushing and flossing technique for better check-ups.
After the teeth are cleaned, Dr. Patel may perform an oral exam to check for signs of oral cancer and gum disease. To keep their teeth smooth and healthy, patients should establish a home routine that includes brushing twice daily and flossing their teeth at least once a day. Dr. Patel or one of our dental team may offer suggestions or specific instructions, like a special toothbrush or toothpaste to treat the patient's specific concerns. Patients are encouraged to schedule their next dental cleaning before leaving the office, since waiting too long between cleanings can lead to gum inflammation or gingivitis, bone loss, and permanent teeth staining which require more expensive treatments.
Since a professional dental cleaning that is performed twice a year is considered a necessary preventive care procedure, most dental insurance carriers will cover 100% of the cost for in-network patients. Our office will check with your insurance company to determine your coverage before billing directly. Patients without dental insurance should ask about our payment options.
Plan Your Procedure
Clean and Polished
If you put off cleaning anything, whether it's your house, your car, or your teeth, the harder and longer the chore becomes. This same motto holds truth for your teeth and gums. To get your healthiest smile, schedule a professional dental cleaning with Dr. Patel at least twice a year. Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar that have built up since your last cleaning to help you avoid gum disease, cavities, and infections. A cleaning also gets your teeth whiter and brighter by polishing the enamel and removing stains. Get a professional cleaning today at Houston Heights Dentistry to save yourself time and trouble later.