Dental Cleanings for Oral Health
One of the most important types of preventative support we offer are dental cleanings, which we recommend patients schedule at least every six months. There are two primary types of dental cleanings that may be performed, depending upon the general health of your gums. If our initial evaluation indicates that your gums are in good general health and the pockets are no deeper than 3mm, a dental cleaning will typically consist of removing calculus, plaque, and stain that has accumulated above the gum line.
If the exam indicates that the pockets are deeper than 3mm, this is an indication that periodontal disease has begun to develop, which means you will need a deep teeth cleaning and scaling and root planing procedure. In addition to providing a standard cleaning, your dentist will also remove the bacteria, debris, and tartar that has developed below your gum line using specialized dental instruments. Once this has been removed, the surface of your tooth will be planed or smoothed out, which makes it difficult for bacteria to develop.
To ensure that you have a clear understanding of what is involved in the dental cleaning procedure, please refer to the information provided below. If you have additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office, which is located at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.
Dental Cleanings for Adults
For most adults with healthy teeth and gums, it is considered best practice to schedule dental cleanings every six months, however, adults with periodontal disease or who are more susceptible to developing periodontal disease may require more frequent visits. Most dental cleanings begin with the removal of plaque, calculus, and debris that have accumulated around your gums and between your teeth. Once this is done, a special paste is used to polish each of your teeth, after which we will professionally floss your teeth. Finally, you will rinse out your mouth, and if necessary or desired, we will conclude the dental cleaning treatment by administering a fluoride treatment.
Dental Cleanings for Children
There is often uncertainty among parents as to when they should begin scheduling their children for regular dental cleanings. Because children are especially susceptible to developing cavities during the first decade of their life, we recommend that parents begin scheduling regular dental cleanings for their children at a very young age. In addition to preventing or identifying cavities early, these dental cleanings will ensure that your children’s teeth are developing properly and will reduce the risk of them developing dental phobia later in life.
Patients with Sensitive Teeth
Patients with sensitive teeth will often avoid scheduling dental cleanings or dental exams. If you have sensitive teeth and are concerned about the pain involved in the procedure, please know that our staff is trained to practice gentle dentistry on patients with sensitive teeth. We also offer a range of anesthetic options which can both reduce or eliminate any pain associated with the dental cleaning and reduce your anxiety towards having the procedure performed.
Maintaining Your Oral Health
To continue enjoying good oral health and reduce your risk of developing oral health issues in the future, continue brushing and flossing (twice daily, minimum), be mindful of the types of food and beverages you consume, and avoid foods or substances that can negatively impact your oral health (chewing tobacco, staining foods, sugary drinks).
It is equally important to schedule regular dental exams every six months, or more frequently, depending on your unique oral health needs. These regular visits provide us with an opportunity to administer a deep cleaning, and also allow us to evaluate the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth, and identify issues before they develop. Regular dental cleanings also include general examination that will look for the following:
- Indications of gum disease: The bone and gums around your teeth will be evaluated for any indications of periodontitis
- Indications of tooth decay: An evaluation of tooth decay will be conducted using specialized instruments on your teeth surfaces
- Evaluation of existing restorations: Any existing fillings, crowns, or restorations will be examined and corrected if necessary
- Oral cancer screening: One of the most important services we provide is examining your lips, gum, throat, neck, and face for indications of oral cancer
Cost and Insurance Coverage for Dental Cleaning
The cost of your dental cleaning will depend on the severity of your case, whether anesthetic was used, and what insurance coverage from your dental plan can be applied. It is important to be aware that if the therapeutic procedure you are having performed may not be covered by your plan.
It is also important to be aware that you are fully responsible for all fees and payment is due at the time of service, regardless of your insurance coverage. Monthly payment plans can be arranged, but this will need to be established prior to the procedure being performed. Although we may not have a contractual arrangement with your provider, our staff is happy to assist with processing your insurance claim to ensure that you maximize your benefits and receive the high-quality care you need and deserve. For your convenience, we accept Mastercard, Visa and Discover.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Scheduling an appointment for regular dental cleanings is the first and most important step towards improving and maintaining your oral health. At Kingwood Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are dedicated to creating an environment where open dialogue is encouraged, so we can ensure you have a thorough understanding of the procedure being performed, and confidence that you are receiving high-quality specialized care designed to meet your unique needs.
To learn more about dental cleanings, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 281-359-9100, or visit our office, which is located at 2325 Timber Shadows Drive, Building A, Kingwood TX 77339.