While brushing your teeth daily is standard, you will also want to schedule a routine professional tooth cleaning to whiten your teeth and keep your mouth healthy. Alamo Ranch Dental Care offers teeth cleaning. Without professional cleaning, tartar and plaque could build up, discolor your teeth, affect your gums and bone, and lead to decay or tooth loss.

Why You Should Have Your Teeth Cleaned

woman receiving teeth cleaningWe recommend that you receive periodic professional teeth cleaning in San Antonio Texas, no matter how diligent you are about your oral hygiene. Our dentists and dental hygienists can clean your teeth more thoroughly than a brushing your teeth every day. We can reach into places most toothbrushes miss and remove tartar and plaque that’s too tough for your brush. Cleaning also allows us to look for any potential tooth or gum problems.

During a cleaning, we can see how you’ve been taking care of your teeth and offer you pointers on how you could clean your teeth more effectively. We’ll even give you everything you need to make sure your teeth stay healthy and clean in the future. Think of your routine teeth cleaning appointment as a check-up. We make sure everything looks good and help make sure it stays that way.

Signs That You Need Your Teeth Cleaned

How long has it been since your last dental appointment? If it’s been longer than six months, then it’s probably about time to come in for a cleaning. You should also consider coming in for an appointment if you notice conditions in your teeth, such as:

  • Your teeth look or feel gritty or covered by debris
  • Your teeth look yellow or stained
  • When you brush or floss, your gums bleed
  • Brushing or flossing hurts your teeth or gums
  • You have tooth pain
  • Your teeth are sensitive to temperature changes
  • It hurts to chew
  • Your gums, lips, mouth, or jaw is swollen
  • Sometimes, dental cleanings can successfully treat problems before they worsen. If we can’t solve your issue with a simple cleaning, we may recommend other solutions.

Routine Cleanings

For most people, a routine dental cleaning every six months is recommended to minimize the buildup of plaque (bacterial coating) on the surface of teeth. This routine cleaning, combined with home care, is usually enough to keep gums healthy, keep breath fresh and teeth white and clean. Plaque (bacterial coating) if left on the teeth contributes to the formation of tooth decay and gum disease. We do our best to offer gentle cleanings and to ensure that you will be well taken care of.

Our goal is to provide as comfortable a cleaning experience as possible whether you are having routine care or gum disease treatment Be sure to read about our Comfort Digital x-rays combined with your cleaning appointment!

Periodontal Cleanings

For patients who need a little extra care, we provide periodontal (gum) therapy. Much like a home needs a strong foundation, teeth need healthy gums and bone support for a healthy foundation. Periodontal disease is an infection that may affect one tooth, several teeth or all teeth. If left untreated, bacteria, plaque and tartar (calculus) cause bleeding gums and bone loss that may lead to tooth loss. It has also been linked to other serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and low birth-weight premature infants in pregnant women. Below is a diagram of the progression from healthy teeth and gums to bleeding or puffy gums and bone loss due to the presence of bacteria around the root. If you have any degree of periodontal disease, we want to help control the disease, so you may need cleanings more often. After all, your oral and overall health is important to us.

The Teeth Cleaning Process

We usually clean your teeth as part of a routine check-up. Our teeth cleaning service may include:

  • We use a scaler or “dental pick” to scrape tartar and plaque off your teeth
  • Our doctors then periodically rinse your mouth using a water sprayer and suction at various points during the cleaning
  • We polish the teeth to remove staining and restore your teeth to your natural color
  • Then we floss your teeth using conventional string floss
  • We then conduct a routine exam to make sure you have no additional problems

Periodontal teeth cleaning is a quick and easy part of having good oral health. We recommend that you visit your dentist for a professional tooth cleaning at least once every six months.

Schedule a Professional Teeth Cleaning in San Antonio, TX

If you need to get a professional teeth cleaning, then contact Alamo Ranch Dental Care. We offer comprehensive dental service in San Antonio, TX for all ages. To find out more about our dentistry service, contact us today at 855.600.3871. Schedule a tooth cleaning in San Antonio, TX today!