Teeth Cleaning

Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning) in Allen & Fairview, TX

Dental prophylaxis, also known as teeth cleaning, is the process of removing surface deposits and tartar from the teeth, keeping the oral cavity in good health. Even if you’re diligent about brushing and flossing daily, it isn’t possible to reach the tiny recesses in your teeth, and it’s important to note that these spots are where most plaque build-up occurs. As a preventative measure, visiting your dentist on a bi-annual basis for regular teeth cleaning helps prevent the progression of periodontal disease (gum disease) and gingivitis and promotes good oral health hygiene.

What happens during a routine teeth cleaning

Because a lot can happen to your teeth between cleanings, this is an opportunity to check in and make sure that everything is as it should be. Teeth cleanings are performed by either the hygienist or the dentist. It first starts with an exam where Dr. Feng examines examines your gums and teeth, checking for any apparent abnormalities. X-rays will be taken during your regularly scheduled appointment if required, followed by a professional teeth cleaning. A typical cleaning typically comprises of 4 steps:

  • Exam –  Dr. Feng examines your gums and teeth, checking for any apparent abnormalities. X-rays will be taken during your regularly scheduled appointment if required.
  • Scaling – After the exam, a dental hygienist or Dr. Feng uses a specialized tool to remove any calculus (tartar or mineralized plaque) and plaque buildup above and below the gum line of the tooth surface. If left untreated, the dental plaque can lead to bacterial infection and can cause serious periodontal problems.
  • Polishing –  After the plaque and tartar have been carefully scraped from your teeth, the dentist or hygienist uses a specialized brush and special toothpaste to give you a thorough brushing. Your dental cleaning is supplemented with flossing and a fluoride treatment to help keep your teeth clean. We consider these necessary supplements for routine teeth cleanings.
  • Fluoride-  Your teeth cleaning is supplemented with flossing and a fluoride treatment to help keep your teeth clean. We consider these necessary supplements for routine teeth cleanings.  This natural mineral element strengthens enamel, making it more resistant to acids that can lead to tooth decay.

What are the benefits of Professional teeth cleaning

You may do a great job of brushing and flossing your teeth, but there are some spots where you miss. Even the most diligent brushers cannot get every crevice between teeth as there are simply some spots that are hard to reach. These areas can include the back molars in your mouth and the area below the gum line. When this happens, calculus can build up, and harmful bacteria can travel inside your teeth, causing periodontal disease. Even though periodontal disease is not common in young people, it can worsen without you ever knowing because it is a silent process. However, you can take a proactive approach to protect your teeth, prevent tooth loss, and stop the progression of gum disease with proper dental oral hygiene. Some benefits to routine teeth cleaning include:

  • Cavities are prevented – Plaque buildup on your teeth causes tooth decay, which eat away at your tooth enamel.  However, with daily brushing, flossing, and a professional teeth cleaning, cavities, and costly dental treatment are prevented. 
  • A healthier looking smile – Prophylaxis is the best way to remove stubborn stains and yellowed teeth. With a professional teeth cleaning, it is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
  • Fresher breath –  Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease because of rotting food particles stuck below the gum line.  With the routine removal of plaque, calculus, and bacteria at our dental office in Fairview, you can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.

Periodontal Maintenance

Normal tooth vs Periodontitis

If you have periodontal disease, we will need to do a deep cleaning where it involves both scaling and root planing as regular or standard cleaning treatments are no longer appropriate. During a deep cleaning, tartar will be removed between your teeth and gums down the entire length of each tooth, stopping where the gum and root, and bone meet.  

If you are treated for periodontal disease, we will consult with you and explain the components of an ongoing periodontal maintenance program. Typically, an interval of three months between appointments is most effective, as we will require more frequent and in-depth gum and bone care procedures to keep your mouth healthy.

The Sloan Creek Dental Difference

At the office of Sloan Creek Dental, we understand how important it is for families to maintain their oral health. We offer an affordable $149 new patient special for those without insurance, which includes an oral exam, X-Rays, and a professional cleaning. We also accept most PPO insurance, where our experienced team of professionals will provide a detailed explanation of your benefits, enabling you to get the services you want within your out-of-pocket expenses. 

We are also committed to providing exceptional dental care in a stress-free and friendly environment. You can expect the personalized attention you and your family deserve when we take care of your dental health. If you have any questions about a teeth cleaning appointment for a healthy smile, or would like to schedule an appointment for the family, our practice offers flexible appointment options. You can even schedule an appointment online

You can reach us at our Fairview, TX dental office to schedule an in-person consultation with us today – 972-468-1440. Our dental office is located in Fairview, Texas, and our patients visit us from across the surrounding areas, including Allen, Plano, McKinney, and Lucas.