Dental Cleaning

Smiles Family Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & Family Dentists located in Arlington, Irving, & Flower Mound, TX

There is a good reason that insurance plans almost always cover dental cleanings: cleanings work. Routine cleanings and examinations are the best way to ward off cavities and to keep your mouth healthy and strong. Are you overdue for a dental cleaning? Let our team take care of your teeth. Schedule your cleaning online or call Smiles Family Dental in Arlington, Irving, and Flower Mound, Texas, today.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with a quick exam. Your Smiles Family Dental professional looks at your teeth, visually inspecting them and assessing your gums, looking for any apparent abnormalities. At this point, you may also be taken for X-rays.

Next, it's time for the actual cleaning to begin. The hygienist or dentist will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. A scaler is a small metal dental instrument. Depending on the level of tartar buildup, this part of the cleaning process may take some time.

Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scraped off, the hygienist or dentist brushes and polishes your teeth using a high-powered brush and special toothpaste. The brushing is followed by professional flossing. Finally, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth until your next appointment.

How often should I schedule cleanings?

Your dental cleaning frequency depends on your general dental health. Some people who have particular issues may require more frequent cleanings, while others may be able to go with the standard recommendation of twice a year. Take the American Dental Association's advice and discuss your dental cleaning needs with your dentist.

Even with routine procedures like dental cleanings, consulting with the dental experts at Smiles Family Dental about your particular situation is an important part of getting excellent care.

Every man, woman, and child has different circumstances. The best way to get care for you is not to follow a plan designed for an average person, but rather to follow one developed specifically for you.

Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of my health?

The health of your mouth and your general health go hand in hand. Your mouth is almost like a window into your body, making good oral health foundational for maintaining good general health.

A study published in 2016 indicated that routine dental cleanings might reduce the risk of pneumonia. The belief is that dental cleanings lessen the number of bacteria reaching your lungs.

Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions have also been linked to oral health. Regular dental cleanings, checkups, and conversations with your dentist all play a crucial role in maintaining exceptional health.

If it's time for your next dental cleaning, call Smiles Family Dental or book an appointment online.