Corpus Christi Veneers and Implants

Dental Cleanings

Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months, however, our practice will treat each person as a person.  If you are prone to tooth decay, are a "tartar builder," or are experiencing periodontal problems, we need to see you more often than people who don't have these problems.  We plan each patient's course of treatment carefully.  Some people are lucky.  We see them every six months.  Others require closer attention and we may see them every 3 months.  Our bottom line is your health.

How it's done
You can expect your dental cleaning and exam to last between 30 minutes and an hour. One of our Certified Hygienist will do your cleaning.  After the cleaning, a Certified Dental Assistant will take your bitewing x-rays and then one of our Dentist will see you for an exam at the end. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.

There are three important steps to a dental cleaning.
 
The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienists preference.  Typically, the hygienist will also dig into the pockets of the gums to remove any plaque buildup there that they can.

The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.
Finally, the exam will be performed by the Doctor after he has reviewed the bitewing x-rays.  This part of the cleaning should take place after every cleaning is done to maintain your healthy teeth, but is required only once per year.