Address: 3325 Premier Drive, Plano, TX 75023

Teeth Cleaning Specialist

Dental Renaissance

Cosmetic, Implant, and General Dentistry located in Plano, TX

If you want to significantly lower your risk of tooth decay and gum disease, make sure to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment twice each year. This simple preventive measure can keep your smile healthy for years to come. At Dental Renaissance in Plano, Texas, Kari Blankenship, DDS provides teeth cleanings to people of all ages. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book a consultation online today.

Teeth Cleaning Q&A

What is teeth cleaning?

Teeth cleaning is a preventive dentistry measure used to eliminate dental plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth and underneath your gumline. Undergoing professional teeth cleaning twice a year is one of the easiest ways to keep your teeth healthy and problem-free. 

What happens during teeth cleaning?

Teeth cleaning at Dental Renaissance follows a simple, five-step process.

Step one: oral exam

At the beginning of your teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist conducts a thorough oral exam. Your hygienist uses a small, handheld mirror to look around your teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis or tooth decay.

Step two: removal of plaque and tartar

After completing the oral exam, your dental hygienist uses a tool called a scaler to carefully remove plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth. During this part of your teeth cleaning, it’s normal to hear a scraping noise.

Step three: gritty toothpaste cleaning

Following the removal of plaque and tartar, your dental hygienist uses a gritty toothpaste to clean and polish your teeth. The unique consistency of this toothpaste eradicates stains and discoloration, revealing your pearly white tooth enamel.

Step four, professional flossing

Next, your dental hygienist professionally flosses your teeth. This removes plaque, tartar, food particles, and harmful bacteria from the spaces between your teeth. Additionally, this allows your provider to access potential trouble spots, lowering your risk of gum disease.

Step five, rinse and fluoride treatment

Your dental hygienist completes your teeth cleaning appointment by rinsing your mouth and applying a fluoride treatment. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps fight cavities.

How often should I schedule a teeth cleaning appointment?

Dental Renaissance recommends scheduling a professional teeth cleaning appointment once every six months. If your provider detects tooth decay, gum disease, or another serious problem, more frequent cleanings may be necessary. 

It’s also important to practice good oral hygiene. To do this, you should brush twice a day, floss once a day, and avoid foods and beverages high in sugar. You may also want to quit bad habits such as using tobacco, biting your fingernails, or chewing on ice cubes.

If it's been more than six months since your last teeth cleaning, schedule an appointment at Dental Renaissance. Call the office and speak with a friendly staff member or book a consultation online today.