Teeth Cleaning

Dental-Cleanings

Teeth Cleaning Services Memorial City, Houston, Bunkerhill, Spring Branch

Professional Teeth Cleaning

Your hygienist can catch any problem your smile has early. You should get a professional cleaning from your hygienist two to three times a year. If there is a sizable amount of dental work needed you may need to visit more often. Your hygienist will find the plaque you have missed and will remove the tartar that your brush and floss can’t. View your professional cleaning as insurance for your smile.

The purpose of a professional cleaning is not only to remove the tartar above the gum and the bacteria found in your mouth and get rid of the deposits below your gum line, but to also receive a comprehensive lesson in oral care. An intra-oral camera allows your hygienist to take pictures of areas of concerns and coach you where to pay more attention. By taking these pictures your hygienist can teach you exactly what you need to know in order to care for these areas in order to stop further complications.

Dental Exams

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed at your initial dental visit. At your 6-month check-up exam, your dentist and hygienist, will include the following:

  • Examination of Diagnostic x-rays (radiographs) – Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss.
  • Oral Cancer Screening – Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
  • Gum disease evaluation – Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Examination of tooth decay – All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
  • Examination of existing restorations – Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs (images) are essential preventative diagnostic resources that provide valuable information. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental X-rays may reveal:

Abscesses or cysts
Bone Loss
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
Decay between the teeth
Developmental abnormalities
Poor tooth and root positions
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series (18 images) is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources. Dentists take necessary precautions to limit exposure utilizing lead apron shields or fast films to reduce exposure.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual health needs. Your dentist and hygienist will recommend the necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.