Exams & Cleanings in Sugar Land, TX

Exams & Cleanings in Sugar Land, TX

While brushing and flossing are the foundation of good dental hygiene, dental cleanings (also called prophylaxis) are just as important. Teeth cleanings are simple and painless, making this dental visit virtually stress-free.

The hard-to-reach spaces in your teeth allow plaque to build up, even with the most diligent oral regimens. During a professional cleaning, this plaque buildup is removed to prevent dental caries (cavities), gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Cleanings are performed by board-certified dental hygienists, who have been extensively trained to clean teeth properly with specialized tools.

You should have a professional cleaning every six months. Call Aliana Family Dental to set up your cleaning and exam appointment today.

First, the dental hygienist will check the entire mouth for any problems with the gums or teeth.

Then, a small scaler is used to remove the tartar (which is mineralized plaque) that regular brushing couldn’t remove. No matter how diligently you brush and floss, there will always be some plaque buildup. The hygienist works especially between the teeth and at the gumline. Most patients say that this is the part of the exam that they like the least, but the better you have brushed and flossed between visits, the shorter the scaling process takes.

The next step is deep cleaning with a special gritty toothpaste that will scrub your teeth. You get to choose what flavor you would like (maybe chocolate or bubblegum!). This toothpaste is much grittier than the toothpaste you use at home, but it should only be used twice a year, as more frequent use would wear down the enamel of our teeth.

When the scrubbing is done, you get an expert flossing session. After flossing, your cleaning is done, and any debris left inside the mouth is rinsed away.

Lastly, the dentist will see you and inspect your teeth to identify whether any problem areas that need to be repaired.

Everyone should change toothbrushes every six months. At Aliana Family Dental, you will receive a new toothbrush, some dental floss, and a small tube of toothpaste (great for packing in your suitcase, by the way), so you don’t have to remember to buy a new toothbrush twice a year.

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