Dr. Grapevine is a general, family dentist, providing routine dental care for children and adults. Routine teeth cleaning visits are important to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. During these visits we carefully screen for early risks to help you prevent more serious problems from occurring.
A professional dental cleaning and exam is the foundation of a lifelong healthy smile, often helping patients to avoid complex problems that may be expensive to fix by eliminating disease-causing bacteria. Our highly trained and experienced dental hygienists will perform a very thorough dental cleaning at each visit. Our team provides a personalized dental experience, taking time with each patient to get to know them and understand their unique oral health risk factors. Your hygienist will thoroughly clean all surfaces of the teeth and gums using specialized dental tools and a gentle technique.
Preventing Cavities in Children
Tooth decay and cavities remain prevalent today, especially among our youngest patients. Cavity prevention can be largely dependent on good oral hygiene, which includes routine visits to our Plano, TX dentist office for a professional teeth cleaning. With proper at-home oral hygiene and teeth cleanings at least twice a year, you can help your child avoid needing a dental filling. In addition to cleaning your children’s teeth, at each visit we will teach and reinforce proper brushing and flossing techniques.
Why visit the dentist regularly?
Routine dental visits are the key to maintaining your dental health for the long term. Regular visits with us provide the opportunity for our team to look for the early warning signs of dental problems- before they become more complicated. They also allow your dental hygienist to thoroughly clean all surfaces in your mouth, including those spots you may not know you are missing with your at home routine.
Depending on your unique oral health needs, Dr. Grapevine will recommend a schedule for you to follow. Most patients visit every six months, but some patients benefit from more frequent visits. Patients will also receive annual dental x-rays, oral cancer screening, periodontal disease screening and TMJ evaluation.
Periodontal disease, or gum disease, is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It is estimated that over 75% of adults have some form of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can contribute to heart disease and diabetes. Our dental health professionals offer nonsurgical treatment for gum disease called scaling and root planing. These methods remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets in the gums.
Having an oral health regimen at home is key to maintaining your dental health. Brushing and flossing twice a day will help you keep your smile bright and healthy. Dr. Grapevine recommends patients use Sonicare Toothbrushes for those needing extra help keeping their gums healthy. In fact, we believe in their benefits so much that we offer them for sale through our office.
How can Sonicare help you improve your oral health?
- Healthier gums in 2 weeks
- Superior plaque removal, for a thorough clean
- Healthier and naturally whiter teeth in just 2 weeks
- Brushing effectively, yet gently
- Toothbrush solutions for specific oral care needs
Dental Cleanings FAQs
Does a dental cleaning prevent halitosis?
Dental cleanings can definitely prevent halitosis and the buildup of smelly bacteria. By removing the buildup of tartar and plaque, you are reducing the amount of odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. Hard to reach areas of your mouth are also cleaned to remove food buildup.
Will a teeth cleaning make my teeth more sensitive?
Developing tooth sensitivity is typically not the case for most patients that get dental cleanings. Patients that have not gotten a thorough dental cleaning in a while may get temporary tooth and gum sensitivity. In any case, tooth sensitivity after a dental cleaning is temporary and goes away in a couple of hours.
How often should you have dental cleanings?
Most patients can get away with having two thorough dental cleanings a year. Patients with healthy teeth and a good oral hygiene routine can follow this schedule to take full advantage of their insurance benefits since cleanings are typically covered. Patients who need more dental care attention may need to schedule more professional dental cleanings a year.