Dental Cleaning in Katy, TX

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About Dental Cleaning

Regular dental cleanings are an essential part of maintaining fresh breath, healthy teeth and gums, and a bright and vibrant smile. Patients at all stages in life benefit from keeping up with routine cleanings, which are integral to preventive dental care. At Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX, our skilled team personalizes our approach towards bi-annual (prophylaxis) cleanings to meet the individual needs of each patient who visits our practice. Using special dental instruments and applying our years of experience and expertise, we thoroughly remove plaque, tartar, and stain from the teeth to minimize the risk of tooth decay and gum disease and to provide a clean, fresh feeling for your smile. Dental exams are usually combined with your family's professional dental cleanings, which gives our dentist the chance to evaluate the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw and let you know of any treatment needs.

Brushing and flossing each day is an important part of keeping your smile healthy and happy. But this is not all that is needed to keep up with proper dental health. Routine dental visits can help you maintain oral health and often prevent more extensive treatment needs and time spent in the dental chair. Schedule your family's bi-annual dental cleanings with our team and let us deliver the highest level of personalized care for your family's smiles. We make dental cleanings comfortable and pleasant, and enjoyable for all members of your family.

Who Should Have a Dental Cleaning?

Our team supports the American Dental Association's recommendation that patients, including children, visit the dentist at least twice a year for professional dental cleanings. Our dentist also advises that children visit our practice for their first dental cleaning by the time they turn a year old. We can then suggest when their next appointment should be. As a family practice, we enjoy treating patients of all ages and strive to make each trip fun and positive for everyone, even those who may fear dental care. Keeping up with this schedule can go a long way towards maintaining the health of your gums and teeth and reducing your treatment needs and dental expense in the long run. Some patients, such as those who have gum disease, may require more frequent cleanings to help better manage their dental health and gum condition.

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

To help your family enjoy the healthiest smiles, our talented hygiene team provides gentle, thorough care when you visit our practice for your dental cleanings. During your cleanings, we will take a skilled approach to remove tartar, and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth to leave behind a smooth, clean surface. These deposits can harbor harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease. Removing this debris on a regular basis can have a positive effect on both your oral health and the look of your smile.

It is important to understand that plaque can be removed rather easily at home with your toothbrush and floss, but tartar is more tenacious and will only come off of your teeth with professional dental cleanings. We will use special ultrasonic and scaling instruments to gently and thoroughly clean your teeth. Tooth stain that is tarnishing the surfaces of your enamel from coffee, tea, tobacco, or other products may also be polished off for a brighter and more vibrant appearance.

After shining your teeth with our polishing techniques, we will floss your teeth and provide personalized home care instructions to help you maintain good oral health between visits. To make your visits as comprehensive and convenient for you as possible, we may also perform your annual dental exams and x-rays when you are here for your dental cleanings. Professional fluoride treatments may be provided to aid in cavity prevention in children and strengthen at-risk tooth structures for adults.

How Often Do I Need A Dental Cleaning?

Our dentist usually recommends twice-yearly cleanings to help children, teens, and adults achieve healthy and comfortable smiles. However, if gum disease has impacted your oral structures and you have received periodontal treatment for it, you may be better off having more thorough dental cleanings (periodontal maintenance) every 3 – 4 months to help control the disease. Our dentist and our hygienists routinely screen for gum disease and will let you know if there are any areas that may be at risk. We will also show you the best brushing and flossing techniques to use at home each day to help keep harmful bacteria from causing gum disease or other oral problems in your mouth. Mouth rinses and additional adjunctive hygiene tools may also be recommended to help you do your very best at managing your oral health at home. Once we are finished with your dental cleaning procedure, our team will set your next visit on a day and at a time that works best for your family's schedule.

Will Insurance Cover A Dental Cleaning?

Professional dental cleanings are usually covered at least twice each year by dental insurance plans, as these treatments are preventive procedures. Made Ya Smile in Katy, TX is a provider for most PPO insurance plans and will send in your dental claim as a courtesy to you. If you have any out-of-pocket expense for your bi-annual prophylaxis visits, we will be happy to help you find a payment solution that fits within your budget. A special in-house dental savings plan may be available to those without dental insurance. To make your care easier to afford, we partner with CareCredit® to bring low-interest financing plans to our patients and also accept a range of other convenient payment methods.

Schedule Your Professional Dental Cleaning

Bi-annual dental cleanings offer your family the chance to enjoy bright, healthy, and confident smiles all year long. These professional cleanings from our talented hygienists remove plaque, tartar, and stain buildup from your teeth to minimize your risk of dental disease while creating a fresh, healthy feeling in your mouth. Our dentist will perform your exams during one of your twice-yearly visits and let you know of any areas of concern. Keeping up with routine cleanings is an excellent way to stay on top of your oral health and reduce your chances of needing more complex types of treatment over the long-term. Talk with our friendly Made Ya Smile team today to schedule your family's cleaning visits at our Katy, TX dental practice.

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