Dental cleanings are done to remove the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth. At Smiles of Midtown, a professional teeth cleaning also involves thoroughly examining your teeth to determine if any cavities are forming or if there are any signs of gum disease. This is why it is essential to keep up with your regular cleanings and exams with our dentist!
Your teeth and gums will be cleaned during your visit to remove buildup. Then, our hygienist will polish your teeth to help prevent future buildup. Your entire mouth will also be examined for any signs of decay or disease. Our dentist will also discuss proper at-home care to keep your mouth healthy between visits.
Cavities form when plaque and tartar build up on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms on the surface of your teeth. It’s made up of bacteria, sugars, and acids. These substances erode the enamel and cause tooth decay.
If plaque is left on the teeth long enough, it can cause gingivitis or periodontitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes inflammation of the gums. Periodontitis is the more progressed stage of gum disease that destroys the support tissues and bone around your teeth.
Regular cleanings can remove plaque buildup from your teeth and prevent cavities.
When you come in for regular check-ups, our dentists will perform an oral cancer screening and take the time to clean your teeth. These cleanings are necessary for removing plaque that a toothbrush can’t reach, as well as helping to improve your breath. We also check for signs of cavities and make recommendations to help you prevent these common oral health issues. This is the best way to maintain excellent oral health and wellness.
Once we’ve cleaned your teeth, we may recommend additional treatments such as fluoride varnishes, which can help prevent decay, or sealants, which are protective coatings applied to permanent molars to help prevent decay from forming in these back teeth. We may also recommend scaling and root planing to treat more advanced cases of periodontitis. No matter the case, we’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan that works best for your unique smile.
At-home oral hygiene is also essential to your oral health. Brushing and flossing regularly can help to remove food particles from your mouth, helping to prevent the development of cavities, as well as gingivitis. Be sure to keep hydrated throughout the day as well, as this can help to wash away the sugars and sugar acids that contribute to tooth decay.
Our dentist can help you maintain good oral health by addressing your oral health problems before they progress. Visit Smiles of Midtown at 3600 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77004, or call (713) 523-6848 for the best dental care.
3600 San Jacinto St,
Houston, TX 77004
MON - THU9:00 am-5:00 pm
FRI - SUNClosed
Phone: (713) 523-6848