Dental Cleanings

University Oaks Dental -  - Dentist

University Oaks Dental

Dentist located in Houston, TX

Taking care of your teeth includes brushing and flossing every day and seeing your dentist regularly. However, over 100 million Americans fail to see their dentist annually, leading to problems like cavities and tooth loss. It is important to see your dentist at least twice a year to get a professional dental cleaning. If it is time for your dental cleaning, call or make an appointment online today at University Oaks Dental in Houston, Texas.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

University Oaks Dental

What is a Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleanings allow the dental health professionals at University Oaks Dental to clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. Additionally, the dentist or hygienist also evaluates your risk of developing other oral health problems.

The dental hygienist or dentist at University Oaks Dental also discusses your diet and oral hygiene habits, as well as other lifestyle choices that affect your oral health. He or she demonstrates proper brushing and flossing techniques and recommends treatments to keep your mouth both healthy and beautiful.

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

When you go to University Oaks Dental for a dental cleaning, the dentist or hygienist begins by asking about any health problems you suffer from and the medications you're taking in order to discuss how they affect your oral health. He or she then:

  • Evaluates your oral hygiene, risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease
  • Checks to see if you need tooth restoration or tooth replacement
  • Assesses your bite and jaw for problems
  • Cleans your teeth in order to remove any stains and deposits on your teeth
  • Shows you proper cleaning techniques
  • Take dental X-rays to see detailed images of your mouth

Another step in the dental cleaning process is for the dentist to look for signs of oral cancer in a number of areas, including:

  • Under your jaw
  • On the sides of your neck
  • Inside of your lips and cheeks
  • The sides of your tongue
  • The roof and floor of your mouth

If you need additional work, a dental impression of one or both jaws gets created in order to produce a replica of your teeth and oral tissue. Dental impressions also evaluate your bite.

Why are Dental Cleanings Important?

Regular dental cleanings protect both your oral health and general well-being. Dental cleanings also give your dentist a chance to provide cleaning tips and detect problems early, which is when they're most treatable.

Dental cleanings are important even if you no longer have your natural teeth as they allow you to maintain both your oral health and the usefulness of your replacement teeth.

The dental professionals at University Oaks Dental are available for dental cleanings. Call or make an appointment online today.