A teeth cleaning involves removing plaque and tartar from your teeth, followed by a polishing that removes stains and smooths the tooth surfaces. Combined, these processes help remove bacteria, debris, and other harmful materials left behind by food and drinks. Visiting our dentist at Dental Specialists & Implant Center at The Woodlands every six months for a checkup and cleaning can help protect your oral health and prevent cavities. Scheduling regular checkups with our dentist can catch early signs of gum disease and tooth decay before it’s too late to treat them. During a checkup, our dentist will examine your mouth for any abnormalities. If any issues are detected during the exam, they can be treated immediately instead of waiting weeks or months for the problem to worsen.
What Can I Expect During My Appointment?
During a regular cleaning appointment at your dentist’s office, you can expect an oral exam and an ultrasonic cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. This deep cleaning can help remove all of the buildup from your mouth that may contribute to tooth decay or gum disease. Your dentist may also provide you with recommendations for home care to help you maintain your healthy smile between visits. This may include improving your daily dental hygiene routine, using a special rinse to help prevent infection, or other tips to improve and maintain your oral health.
The Benefits of Teeth Cleaning
During your cleaning, we will remove plaque and tartar deposits that have built up on your teeth over time. Your hygienist will also polish your teeth to make them look good and smooth. Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth when bacteria in the mouth break down sugars and starches from foods. It causes the gums to become inflamed, red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. If left untreated, the plaque will harden into calculus or tartar. Only professional dental cleanings can remove tartar.
Having a checkup and cleaning every six months will help prevent oral disease and tooth loss by catching early signs of tooth decay and damage before they become serious. A thorough examination will be done during your cleaning appointment to check for cavities, disease, and other dental health issues. We will also inspect your mouth for any abnormalities, such as tumors or fractures that could be cancerous.
While most people believe they only need to visit the dentist when they experience a problem, you can avoid many issues with your teeth altogether by seeing your dentist for regular cleanings. For the best dental care tailored to your unique needs, visit Dental Specialists & Implant Center at The Woodlands at 3117 College Park Dr #230, The Woodlands, TX, or call (936) 231-8937.