Dental Cleaning Specialist

183 Family Dentistry

Angela Mathew, DDS

General Dentistry located in Leander, TX

Dental cleanings are very useful. That's why insurance plans almost always cover them. Routine cleanings and examinations are the best way to ward off cavities and to keep your mouth healthy and strong. Can't remember when you had your last cleaning? Let's take care of it together. Schedule your regular cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling 183 Family Dentistry in Leander, Texas.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What is a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with an exam. Your183 Family Dentistry professional looks at your teeth, visually inspecting them and assessing your gums, looking for any can't-miss issues. X-rays may be considered if you're due for them.

After that, the actual cleaning begins, and the dentist or hygienist will use a small tool called a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. This part may go quickly, or it may take some time. It depends on how much plaque and tartar buildup you have.

Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scraped off, the dentist or hygienist uses a polishing toothpaste and high-powered toothbrush to give you an intensive brushing. They will also give you a professional flossing. Finally, you might receive a fluoride treatment to help protect your oral health between office visits.

How often should I schedule cleanings?

Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Some people who have particular issues may require more frequent cleanings, while others may be able to go with the standard recommendation of twice a year. The American Dental Association, the nation's leading source of oral health information, advises talking with your dentist about your unique dental cleaning needs.

Even when the procedure is as simple as a routine dental cleaning, talking to the professionals at 183 Family Dentistry about your particular situation is an important part of getting excellent care.

Every individual has a particular set of circumstances and conditions. The best way to get the right care for you is to follow a program that's tailored to your needs, not an "off-the-shelf" one that's made for the average person.

How do dental cleanings impact my overall health?

Oral health is not separate from overall health. Given that your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, oral health is essential to good health.

The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The belief is that dental cleanings reduce the number of bacteria that reach the lungs.

Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions have also been tied to oral health. Routine dental cleanings, checkups, and maybe most importantly, talking with your dentist, all play a role in maintaining excellent health.

If you're due for a dental cleaning, book an appointment online or call 183 Family Dentistry today.