City Smiles Dental and Orthodontics
Orthodontists & Cosmetic & Family Dentistry located in Houston, TX
Having your teeth cleaned professionally twice a year can help prevent cavities, tooth infections, gingivitis, and gum disease. Gustavo Salas DD, MS, and the team at City Smiles Dental and Orthodontics have extensive experience performing thorough cleanings that remove plaque and tartar and leave your teeth smooth, shiny, and healthy. To schedule your next cleaning or dental exam, call the office in Houston, Texas, or request an appointment online today.
Teeth Cleaning Q & A
Why do I need professional teeth cleaning?
Good oral hygiene at home helps prevent the build-up of plaque, a hard film containing bacteria that causes the enamel of your teeth to decay. But even if you brush and floss after every meal, some plaque build-up will occur.
Plaque eventually hardens into a substance that’s even more difficult to remove, known as tartar. Professional cleaning by a dental hygienist can remove plaque and tartar so they won’t cause cavities or problems with your gums.
What is involved in teeth cleaning?
When you visit City Smiles Dental and Orthodontics for teeth cleaning, your hygienist begins by examining your teeth and taking measurements of the space between your teeth and gums. Next, your hygienist uses a special tool to gently scrape your teeth, removing plaque and tartar from the surface of your tooth and from below the gumline.
Once your hygienist has finished scraping, they use a high-powered electric toothbrush to polish your teeth. This brightens your teeth and removes any last tartar from your enamel. They also carefully floss in between each tooth. Once your hygienist completes your cleaning, you rinse your mouth thoroughly.
How often do I need teeth cleaning?
Usually, the experienced dentists at City Smiles Dental and Orthodontics recommend that you have professional teeth cleaning every six months, scheduling at the same time as your bi-annual dental check-ups.
Your regular check-ups may also include digital X-rays, a comprehensive exam of your teeth, jaw, and gums, and personalized care plans to address any issues.
Between cleanings, the team at City Smiles Dental and Orthodontics recommends the following steps for at-home oral health care:
- Brush teeth at least twice a day
- Use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush
- Floss at least once a day
- Limit sugary foods and drinks
- If you smoke, consider quitting
Early detection of dental problems can improve treatment outcomes and prevent pain and discomfort. And maintaining good oral health also saves you time and money.
Don’t wait to schedule your next dental check-up and cleaning. Call City Smiles Dental and Orthodontics or request an appointment online today.