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
"This was the best dental experience I’ve ever had. They got me in at the last minute, had a great cleaning, filling and whitening experience. Dr. Patel was the first dentist to address a concern I had with my jaw and a treatment plan. All of the staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I hope to see Dr. Patel for many years to come."- N.D. / Google / Sep 25, 2018
"Best Dentist Office in Houston! - I had a very pleasing experience with Dr. Patel and all of the staff members. They accommodated my experience in every way possible, were very knowledgeable, and took time and care with my cleaning and checkup."- N.D. / SmileReminder / Sep 26, 2018
"Quick and Easy - I love going to this office because the staff and Dr. Patel are very personable. I never have to wait to be seen. Your appointment time is your time. I can count on being in and out in less than an hour for my teeth cleaning."- T.E. / SmileReminder / Sep 05, 2019
"I am happy to write this letter today to recognize Dr. Neela Patel of Houston Heights Dentistry. Dr. Patel is an exceptionally talented dentist who is committed to providing her patients with the best dental care in the area. Houston Heights Dentistry is the place to go for all your dental needs. It offers a wide range of services including dental examinations, cleanings, sealants, bad breath therapy, tooth extractions and more. Dr. Patel is a highly-skilled dentist who is dedicated to provider her clients with exceptional dental services. She conducts herself with the utmost professionalism at all times and truly cares about each of her patient's dental health. She also works to educate her patients so that they can continue healthy habits at home. I am confident in saying that you are in good hands when under the care of Dr. Patel. If you're in need of dental care, I highly recommend Dr. Neela Patel at Houston Heights Dentistry. She will provide you with quality care you need so you can be confident in the health of your teeth."- T.L / Office Visit / Oct 18, 2019
"I went in for a teeth cleaning as a new patient and they were extremely thorough and gentle! They were able to see a few minor problems that need fixing and have been nothing shy of friendly. They answer any questions you may have!!"- K.J. / Google / Dec 06, 2019
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.