Dental Cleanings

in Hutto, TX

The American Dental Association recommends periodic dental visits, at intervals determined by a dentist, to maintain optimal oral health. While most people need to schedule an exam and cleaning every six months, some patients may require more frequent care. We, at Highlight Family Dentistry, are committed to providing quality preventive services for long-term healthy smiles.

How Do Dental Cleanings Help?

Regular dental cleanings prevent any buildup of plaque and tartar, which are the primary causes of periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay. If not cleaned, bacteria in plaque and tartar produce acid, eroding your tooth enamel, which results in tooth decay and cavities.

Periodontal disease develops when the body’s immune system reacts to plaque and tartar buildup, which results in inflamed, swollen, and bleeding gums. Professional cleanings, coupled with proper dental hygiene practices at home, can reverse the early stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. If left untreated, periodontal disease can progress, which may cause bone and tissue damage, potentially leading to tooth loss. Moreover, studies have established a link between gum disease and an elevated risk of diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and numerous health conditions.

What to Expect During Your Dental Cleaning

Our dental hygienist will gently remove plaque or tartar buildup from around your gum line and between the teeth using an ultrasonic instrument and a hand instrument called a “scaler”. A gritty polisher is then used to polish your teeth and professional flossing will help ensure clean teeth. If however, you have periodontal disease, we may recommend a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing.

Your visit will include a thorough evaluation of your oral health. Our goal is to prevent any dental problems from developing or progressing.

How to Care for Your Oral Health

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily to remove plaque and prevent it from hardening to tartar, which only a dental professional can remove. Proper oral hygiene practices will ensure you enjoy a healthy smile for many years to come!

Dental Cleanings Near Me

Contact Highlight Family Dentistry to schedule your routine dental exam and cleaning. Preventive care today will translate into fewer dental problems to worry about in the future. Call us today!

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Click the Request Your Appointment button or call us at (512)886-2644. We look forward to hearing from you!