Dental Cleanings, Dental Exams, and Decay Prevention in San Antonio, TX
One of the most fundamental parts of maintaining good dental health is preventative care, and the most important part of preventative care is regular professional dental cleanings! Despite how thoroughly you clean your teeth, there are still hidden and hard to reach places that you just can’t get to at home! Our experienced San Antonio, TX dentist at Advanced Dental Associates, we recommend a professional cleaning every six months in order to perfectly maintain your smile.
A professional cleaning keeps your teeth healthy by removing the plaque that builds up in places your brush and floss won’t reach. Every day, the foods you eat contribute to the buildup of plaque on your teeth, which is a breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria in your plaque produce acids that eat away at the enamel of your teeth, leading to cavities, gum disease, and damage to your overall oral health.Dr. Edwards on General Cleanings - Advanced Dental Associates Read Transcript
There is an expression in dentistry, an ounce of prevention beats a pound of cure and I think what happens to a lot of patients is over time, they neglect their teeth, whether it be out of fear or whether it be out of apprehension about money and subsequently things compound and the thing about dentistry, it exponentially gets worse over time. Our goal is to try and save our patients money. Our goal is to prevent things before they become a problem and all it really does take is to come in and have teeth cleaning on a regular basis. We have five great hygienists here. All of them have in excess of 30 years of experience.
Between dental cleanings, a well cared for set of teeth won’t suffer much damage from plaque acids. Over time, however, the cumulative damage can wreak havoc on your teeth, which is where a professional cleaning comes in!
What Happens at a Professional Dental Cleanings?
Professional cleanings start with dental exams and any necessary X-rays and are followed by the actual cleaning, which is performed by one of our talented dental hygienists. We’ll remove any leftover plaque from your teeth, polish them, treat you with fluoride if necessary, and you’ll be on your way. Dental cleanings don’t take very long, and they ensure the continued health of your all-important smile!
What If I’m a New Patient?
For our new patients, we ensure thorough dental exams so we can establish an accurate baseline of health. This includes X-rays, a head and neck exam, an exam for TMD, an intraoral examination, cancer screening, and of course, a thorough check of your teeth and gums.
All of our dental exams techniques will give us a great picture of your health, which will then help you and your dentist make any necessary plans for treatment. Whether you want cosmetic care, restorative work, or just regular dental treatments, we’ll help you establish a plan for success! After that, we’ll get your teeth wonderfully clean and help you learn great techniques to keep them healthy!
While cleanings are fundamental to healthy teeth, there are additional steps we can take to ensure your mouth remains healthy.
Dental Sealants: this easy to apply, plastic-based resin is placed on the biting surface of your molars, filling in some of those vulnerable deep spots that are nearly impossible to brush! They are highly recommended for younger patients who are just getting their adult teeth.
Fluoride Treatments: we offer both traditional fluoride trays and fluoride varnish, both of which will do a great job at restoring the damage caused by plaque acids. Fluoride has the unique property of helping your teeth to recalcify, effectively rebuilding your enamel! If done once every six months, your teeth will stay healthy and strong.
Keeping your teeth clean can ensure that they last a lifetime and that you avoid expensive a potentially painful tooth reconstruction later on. Don’t wait to react to your teeth – be proactive by calling our San Antonio, TX dentist office at 210-819-5233! You can also schedule an appointment using our online form. We look forward to providing you superior preventative care!