About Dental Cleanings
To help make sure your teeth remain healthy and your smile remains bright, dental cleanings are performed to remove plaque and tartar buildup. While having a good at-home oral hygiene routine is important, it doesn't always protect against excess buildup, cavities, or teeth discoloration. Dr. Neela Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry recommends that most patients receive dental cleanings at least every six months. During a cleaning, professional dental tools are used to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up on the dental enamel. Once clean, the teeth will then be polished to remove stains and keep teeth healthy. For most patients, we recommend a professional fluoride treatment to strengthen teeth and combat the effects of acid we intake in our diets or stomach acid. Dental cleanings are typically done in conjunction with a dental examination from Dr. Patel so we can detect any cavities, areas of decay, or inflammation.
Dental Cleanings Reviews
"Dr. Neela and her entire office could not be more caring and helpful. They're always aware of your needs and interested in addressing any concerns. If you're like me, you've avoided dental visits, but I no longer make that mistake. It's a comfort knowing I'll be seeing Dr. Neela for dental work or Melinda when I need a routine cleaning."- G. / Google / Jul 13, 2016
"I received a deep cleaning from Miss Melinda and was treated to the best service around. She was very educational and helped me understand everything she was doing all the way down to describing each tool she was using. 1 day later and my mouth is feeling solid. Christopher Sanchez"- C.S. / Google / Jul 13, 2014
"I have such a fear of dental cleaning and work. Today, I saw Melinda (Dental Hygenist) and Dr. Patel. Wow, what a great experience at the dentist. The office is warm and welcoming, and everyone who works there is personable and friendly. Janelle and Phyllis in the front office were equally great. Both Melinda and Dr. Patel thoroughly explained what they were doing and what treatment I needed. I am very impressed with this office and would highly recommend them to family, friends, co-workers, and anyone else who will listen."- D.H. / Google / Dec 13, 2016
"I have been going to Dr. Patel's office for years, but I recently had an appointment and my experience was great. Her staff was able to get me in last minute, were super friendly and even offered me a payment plan. My Hygienist, Melinda, is friendly, knowledgeable, and very thorough with her examinations and her cleanings. As always Dr. Patel comes to check on you and also perform an examination. You are always covered at this office. Rest assured if there is an issue with your dental health, they will find it and give you the proper information you need to make a decision. I also love that the office is super clean and the staff always friendly! You never have to worry that the tools used are not sanitary. This is the cleanest dentist office I have ever been to!!! For all these reasons I trust Dr. Patel and her team with my dental needs and you should to. They are awesome."- F.M. / Google / Jul 13, 2014
"Dr. Patel seems like a totally competent dentist, but make sure you plan some serious time for your first visit. I was there for about FOUR HOURS for a cleaning and exam. It's not that I have dentist anxiety and was dying to get out of there, I just have a life to get on with. I'm not really looking for a relationship with my dentist, but I felt like they were seriously into having a relationship with me. A cleaning and exam is actually a chit chat at the front, a date with Dr. Patel, a tour of the office, xrays, more chit chat and personal time, a cleaning, a very detailed debrief on your xrays, visiting about your past dental experiences (what?), and finally a super warm send-off. Office is everything you could wish for at the dentist--clean, bright, equipment you can tell is the latest and greatest, nice competent people. Fine place overall."- N.K. / Google / Jul 13, 2014
Dental Cleanings - What to Expect
Dental cleanings are generally painless, but if a patient has sensitive teeth or gums, a topical numbing gel can be used. If the patient has trouble getting through a dental cleaning due to anxiety or a strong gag reflex, mild sedation options are also available. A cleaning may begin with an ultrasonic instrument that helps loosen plaque and tartar and remove stain before fine hand tools (scalers and curettes) are used to carefully scale or scrape the buildup from the gumline and enamel. Once the deposits are removed, the teeth are polished using a special scrub and motorized tool. If needed, Dr. Patel or one of our dental hygienists, can go over good home oral care routines and help the patient with their brushing and flossing technique for better check-ups.
Dental Cleanings - Treatment Aftercare
After the teeth are cleaned, Dr. Patel may perform an oral exam to check for signs of oral cancer and gum disease. To keep their teeth smooth and healthy, patients should establish a home routine that includes brushing twice daily and flossing their teeth at least once a day. Dr. Patel or one of our dental team may offer suggestions or specific instructions, like a special toothbrush or toothpaste to treat the patient's specific concerns. Patients are encouraged to schedule their next dental cleaning before leaving the office, since waiting too long between cleanings can lead to gum inflammation or gingivitis, bone loss, and permanent teeth staining which require more expensive treatments.
Dental Cleanings Insurance Coverage
Since a professional dental cleaning that is performed twice a year is considered a necessary preventive care procedure, most dental insurance carriers will cover 100% of the cost for in-network patients. Our office will check with your insurance company to determine your coverage before billing directly. Patients without dental insurance should ask about our payment options.
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Clean and Polished
If you put off cleaning anything, whether it's your house, your car, or your teeth, the harder and longer the chore becomes. This same motto holds truth for your teeth and gums. To get your healthiest smile, schedule a professional dental cleaning with Dr. Patel at least twice a year. Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar that have built up since your last cleaning to help you avoid gum disease, cavities, and infections. A cleaning also gets your teeth whiter and brighter by polishing the enamel and removing stains. Get a professional cleaning today at Houston Heights Dentistry to save yourself time and trouble later.