Cleaning and Prevention
The best dental care is sometimes the simplest. At A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe, we provide Houston with top quality dental care. We believe that the easiest way to fix a cavity is to never get one at all.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
We recommend that every patient should get a regular teeth cleaning every six months. The teeth cleaning procedure not only removes built-up plaque on tooth surfaces but also allows your dentist to check your mouth for other potential oral health issues.
Dental cleanings usually involve four basic steps:
- Ultrasonic instruments are used to knock plaque off the teeth. The vibrations of these instruments cause a breakdown of plaque cells, allowing us to more easily wash away plaque deposits.
- Scalers, which look like small metal hooks, are then used to scrape away tiny, hard-to-reach plaque deposits and smooth out the tooth surfaces.
- Polishing involves rubbing a toothpaste-like material onto the tooth surfaces in order to make them shiny and smooth.
- Fluoride is then applied to teeth to help strengthen the tooth surfaces against future plaque buildup.
We also recommend that patients receive an annual x-ray to make sure that no cavities are developing. Regular x-rays can catch cavities early and prevent patients from undergoing cumbersome procedures such as root canals and crowns.
All dental cleanings also involve an examination of your mouth to check for other dental health problems. For instance, we are trained to spot precancerous mouth sores and often notice the signs of oral cancer before patients themselves.
Preventative dental care starts at the dentist’s office but should be continued at home. Maintaining good oral hygiene is important to a healthy mouth and a healthy lifestyle.
For at-home oral care, we recommend:
- Brushing twice per day (once in the morning and once at night)
- Flossing daily
- Avoiding sugary sodas
- Never smoking
- Maintaining a good, healthy diet
If you’re looking for Houston or Sugar Land dental care, schedule an appointment with A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe today.