Dental Cleaning in Houston, TX

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What Is a Dental Cleaning?

A clean, healthy mouth can greatly benefit patients at every age. You simply feel better and more confident when your mouth feels polished and clean. At Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress, bi-annual dental cleanings are an important part of preventive treatment to keep all members of your family healthy. Our friendly team of dental hygienists and dentist personalize your care and pride themselves on creating a positive, welcoming experience for you during professional cleaning visits, even if you are anxious about care. Our gentle touch when using specialized instruments helps us remove plaque, tartar, and stains from your teeth brighten your smile and keep you healthy. We take the opportunity to check your teeth and gums at your dental cleaning, and we also point out any areas that may need special attention at home.

Thorough brushing and flossing habits are imperative to staying in good oral health, but it is just as important to keep up with visits to our Houston, TX practice for bi-annual cleanings for a healthy, gorgeous smile. Cleaning visits give our dentist and team the chance to monitor your oral health on a routine basis and catch problems early before more extensive care becomes necessary. We invite you to call Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress today and schedule your visit to our warm, welcoming office for your next cleaning.

Who Should Have a Dental Cleaning?

Routine dental cleanings at least twice each year support your overall dental health and can minimize the chance you will need complex, expensive care down the road. When you come in for your cleaning, we clean away plaque and tartar from your teeth. These deposits continually form and harbor destructive, disease-causing bacteria, some of which cause gum (periodontal) disease, and others of which lead to the formation of tooth decay. To reduce your risk of oral disease and cavities, we suggest our patients at all ages have their teeth cleaned on a regular basis. While we remove plaque and tartar, we will also remove stains that collect on the teeth from tobacco, tea, coffee, and other products to reveal a brighter, healthier smile.

Our dentist agrees with the ADA's (American Dental Association) recommendation that every patient undergo a professional dental cleaning bi-annually to help maintain healthy teeth and gums. If periodontal disease or other concerns are present, patients may need a more in-depth or frequent cleaning schedule to support their gum health or manage other oral concerns. We suggest that children have their first visit to the dentist before their first birthday. Made Ya Smile is a kid-friendly practice, and we strive to make these visits fun so that children learn to view dental care as a positive experience from an early age. We can discuss when your child should return for their next appointment at this initial visit.

What Happens During Dental Cleanings?

Our team of dental hygienists focuses on providing a gentle yet thorough approach to create positive experiences with dental cleanings for our patients. Special scaling instruments and ultrasonic systems are used to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and leave behind a smooth surface. Plaque is easily removed at home when you use a good technique for brushing and flossing, but tartar (calcified plaque) can only be eliminated by a skilled professional with proper instruments. Once we thoroughly clean your teeth, we polish them with a special paste that removes surface stains to leave behind a brighter, more confident smile. Fluoride may be applied to the teeth at the end of your visit if you need it to help strengthen your tooth structure and prevent cavity formation. Kids most often benefit from professional in-office fluoride treatments, but teens and any adult can also benefit from the use of fluoride.

How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?

Twice-yearly dental cleanings are recommended for kids, adolescents, and adult patients to support a fresh, healthy smile. Those diagnosed with gum disease who have received treatment for the condition may need cleanings more frequently to maintain ideal gum health. We typically perform dental exams while you are in our office for your dental cleaning visit, and provide screenings for gum disease at that time. Our hygienists will go over how to properly brush and floss to control plaque and bacterial accumulation around the teeth and gums to help you prevent the development of periodontal disease, which is a progressive concern that can affect both your dental and general health. Other hygiene tools or oral rinses may be recommended to add to your ideal home care regimen if needed. We will schedule your next bi-annual cleaning appointment once your cleaning is complete to make sure you can get a time and day that is convenient for you.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Cleanings?

We accept most PPO dental insurance plans and are glad to file your claims on your behalf. As a preventive measure, bi-annual prophylaxis (dental cleanings) services are typically covered by dental insurance. To be certain, someone from the Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress team will contact your provider and let you know of any personal expenses. We want your whole family to get the care they need for a brilliant, healthy smile, so we accept a range of easy payment solutions to make dental care affordable. If you are without dental insurance, ask us about our in-office payment plans or third-party financing options with CareCredit®.

Dental Cleaning FAQ

How do I keep my teeth clean after my appointment?
Once we finish your dental cleaning at our Houston, TX office, you may feel more motivated than normal to keep your teeth clean in order to maintain your professional results. The best way to do this is by brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing your teeth at least once a day, and using bacteria-killing fluoride mouthwash daily. It also never hurts to brush or use a water rinse after each meal.

How long should a teeth cleaning take?
A professional dental cleaning should only take about half an hour. However, if you have cavities, built-up tartar, or your teeth are in poor health, it could take upwards of an hour to complete your teeth cleaning. Generally, the cleaner your teeth are, the less time your cleaning will take.

What happens if I don’t get my teeth cleaned?
Some people feel like getting professional teeth cleanings are not necessary; others may feel nervous due to dental fear. However, we want to stress how important professional dental cleanings are. If you do not have your teeth professionally cleaned, you may experience tooth decay, tooth discoloration, gum disease, or worse. The cleanings we provide are designed to reach areas of the mouth that you may not be able to reach at home; if left, the bacteria that grow in these hard-to-reach places could cause enamel erosion or inflammation of the gums.

Protect Your Smile With Preventive Care

Professional bi-annual dental cleanings from the caring team at Made Ya Smile Spring Cypress are comfortable, pleasant experiences. We are family practice and treat patients of all ages using a personalized approach designed to meet individual needs. By maintaining routine dental cleanings and exams, our dentist has the opportunity to diagnose dental problems while they are still in the early stages, saving you in time and expense down the road. To schedule your next cleaning with a kind, skillful team, call our Houston, TX dental practice today.

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