Dental Cleanings in Houston, TX

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What Is a Dental Cleaning?

Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 is a practice where your entire family can feel welcomed and cared for when receiving routine dental cleanings for a healthy smile. Having your teeth cleaned at least twice a year is very important to maintaining good oral hygiene and an attractive, confident grin. Our general dentist and our hygiene team bring a compassionate approach to family dental care, providing thorough cleanings and personalized oral home care instructions to help you attain the best results for your oral health. Using special dental instruments, we gently clean the teeth by removing plaque, tartar, and stains from the surfaces of your teeth. This helps to create a healthy environment and a brighter smile, which is something that can benefit patients of all ages.

Brushing and flossing at home each day is very important but is only part of keeping your smile healthy and happy. Maintaining regular professional cleanings, at least twice each year, can help you enjoy lasting oral health well into the future. We often perform dental exams during your dental cleaning visits to evaluate the health of your teeth and gums and address any areas of concern. By identifying and treating dental problems as they arise, you can often reduce the need for more complex treatments. Let our team help your family achieve optimal oral health through biannual prophylaxis cleanings in our friendly and welcoming Houston, TX dental center.

What Are The Benefits Of Dental Cleanings?

Biannual dental cleanings offer several benefits to Jersey Village or Houston, TX-area patients. Patients who get routine oral cleanings can expect to enjoy a number of benefits following their appointment, including:

  • Fluoride treatment can be selected to strengthen and protect dental health
  • Improvement of overall dental wellness and appearance
  • Remove plaque and tartar on teeth
  • Guards against conditions such as dental cavities
  • Provides the opportunity to address various conditions before they worsen, such as gingivitis

Who Should Have a Dental Cleaning?

As an established family dental practice, we are experienced in treating patients in all stages of life and with varying treatment needs. Even patients who are fearful of visiting the dentist often feel at ease and comfortable when visiting Made Ya Smile Dental West 8. To keep your family's smiles looking and feeling their best, we recommend that all patients have their teeth professionally cleaned at least twice a year in accordance with the American Dental Association's (ADA) recommendation. In some cases, patients may require more frequent cleanings to better manage their oral health needs, such as when gum disease is present. Professional dental cleanings give our team the chance to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, which are substances that harbor disease-causing bacteria. Removing these deposits on a routine basis can help minimize your risk of cavities and gum disease. Surface stains that have accumulated on the teeth from coffee, tea, or other products may be polished off as well during your biannual cleanings for a brighter, healthier appearance.

Our caring team is great with children and loves helping the younger members of your family get a great start in dental health. We also suggest that children take their very first trip to the dentist for a checkup by the time they celebrate their first birthday. Following this initial exam, we will let you know when your child should return for their next appointment. Visiting our practice for routine dental cleanings is an enjoyable, personalized experience for all patients, but we strive to make these appointments fun and positive for kids.

What Happens During Dental Cleanings?

Professional dental cleanings from our talented hygiene team are personalized to meet the individual needs of each patient. Our dental hygienists use a gentle touch combined with a thorough technique to clean your teeth and help you maintain your oral health. Ultrasonic and hand scaling instruments will be used to remove plaque and tartar accumulation from the surfaces of your teeth. We may spend more time removing tartar deposits from your teeth. While plaque is soft and can be easily removed with a toothbrush, tartar is calcified plaque and adheres to the tooth surface. Your teeth will then be polished with a special paste to remove surface stains and create a smooth feel and a brighter appearance. Some patients will also receive fluoride treatments at the end of their professional cleaning visits. In-office fluoride helps to strengthen the teeth and minimize the chance of tooth decay. Typically, we recommend fluoride treatments for children who are at a higher risk for cavities but may also suggest this service for teens and adults who are prone to decay.

How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?

In general, we recommend biannual professional dental cleanings to children, teens, and adults. Some patients, however, may benefit from more frequent dental cleanings, depending on their individual oral health needs. Those who have been diagnosed with and treated for gum disease may need additional cleanings each year to help control destructive oral bacteria. During dental cleaning visits, exams and gum disease screenings are usually conducted to help identify any oral concerns and plan for treatment accordingly. Our dental hygiene team will also personalize your oral hygiene instructions and review the best brushing and flossing techniques to use to help minimize your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Oral rinses and adjunctive home care hygiene tools that might benefit your oral health and smile may also be suggested by our team. To ensure that you get a time and date convenient for your family, we will schedule your next dental cleaning visit at the end of your appointment.

Does Insurance Cover Dental Cleanings?

Biannual dental prophylaxis cleanings are preventive services and typically covered by dental insurances. To learn more about your specific plan, our business team will contact your insurance provider and let you know if you will have any personal expenses to cover. Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 wants every patient to have access to high-quality care and offers an in-house dental savings plan to those who are uninsured. Our practice is also pleased to accept a wide range of convenient payment options, including dental financing options through CareCredit®.

Dental Cleaning FAQ

Will a dental cleaning hurt?
A dental cleaning can be a little uncomfortable if you have sensitive gums and teeth. However, for most patients, a teeth cleaning doesn't hurt. If you believe you have sensitive teeth and have additional questions, contact our office to schedule an appointment for teeth cleaning in Jersey Village, TX.

How long does a tooth cleaning take?
It is likely to take an hour to an hour and a half. However, it can last longer if you have a more advanced case and require additional plaque or tartar removal. Our dental team will answer all your questions and concerns during your appointment.

Are there foods to avoid after a teeth cleaning?
It's recommedned to steer clear of spicy, heavily seasoned, or acidic foods on the day of the cleaning is recommended. Avoiding these foods helps with irritation or sensitivity the day of. Our dentists will explain why avoiding these foods is ideal and which foods you can ingest without worry.

Protect Your Smile With Preventive Care

Keep your family's smiles healthy and happy from year to year through professional cleanings from our skilled Made Ya Smile Dental West 8 team. Our family dental center offers personalized, gentle care for children, teens, and adults and have created an environment in which all patients can get the care they need in a comfortable, caring practice. Routine cleanings and exams with our team also give us the chance to evaluate your teeth and gums and diagnose oral concerns as early as possible to potentially minimize your future treatment needs. Get in touch with our Houston, TX practice and schedule your family's dental cleanings with a team who puts you first.

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