About Dental Cleanings
Even with a perfect home oral care routine, including flossing and brushing, tartar and plaque can still form around the dental enamel. This can cause cavities and bacterial infections and other problems. To ensure the teeth remain clean and healthy, Pearland, TX residents should have a dental cleaning at a minimum of twice a year at Highland Dental Care and Orthodontics with our dentists. This is typically referred to as a scale and polish. During a dental exam and cleaning, our dentists will use oral cleaning tools to slowly remove tarter build-up and plaque on the tooth's surface. After the cleaning, the teeth will be polished with a buffer and any recommended dental procedures such as periodontal work or fillings will be discussed. Routine dental cleanings are vital for preventing oral disease.
"Just love this place. Everyone is so friendly and knowledgeable. It is very state of the art. Highly recommended. Dr. Devlin is great and personable. They work quickly and efficiently, and I am always pleased with their work. As someone who has always gotten stressed out about having to go to the dentist at all, it means a lot for me to be recommending them!!"- M.F. / Google / Aug 10, 2019
"Thank you for always being so attentive in listening to our family's needs. We appreciate the friendliness and support while we have our cleanings and treatment plans completed."- L.G. / Google / Aug 10, 2019
"They are always very cognizant of your comfort and understanding of the process. Everyone is very friendly."- M.B. / Google / Aug 02, 2019
"Loved that they considered my hectic schedule, all the staff is friendly and courteous which is very important."- M.G. / Google / Aug 01, 2019
"My husband, two daughters and I have been going to Highland Dental for years. The office is very friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. I cannot remember a visit where I had to wait an extended time. The team always greats us with a smile. They have diagnosed and treated our mouth health with the same care and knowledge they would a member of their own family. I highly recommend Dr. Devlin and his team."- S.H. / Google / Jul 27, 2019
What to Expect
Dental cleanings are typically pain-free, but if the individual has gums or teeth that are sensitive, a numbing medication can be applied. Moreover, if the patient has anxiety getting through the dental exam and cleaning due to gagging reflex, sedation options are also available at Highland Dental Care and Orthodontics. A dental cleaning generally starts with an ultrasonic instrument that assists to loosen and break off plaque and tartar. Next, our dentists use a hand held device such as curettes and scalers to scrape off build-up from the gumline and enamel. The last step is to polish and buff the enamel. Fluoride and flossing usually completes the treatment.
After the teeth are polished and buffed, our dentists may conduct an oral exam to test for symptoms of any oral conditions such as cancer, periodontal disease, or an abscess. To make certain the teeth remain healthy, individuals should maintain an at-home teeth cleaning protocol of brushing plus flossing daily. Patients should confirm their next appointment at Highland Dental Care and Orthodontics before leaving the office, generally by 6 months.
Since a professional dental cleaning two times a year is considered an important preventative care procedure, most dental insurance providers will cover the majority of the expense. Highland Dental Care and Orthodontics will confirm with each patient's insurance company to determine their out-of-pocket fees before billing the patient directly. Individuals without insurance plans should ask about financing options through Highland Dental Care and Orthodontics.
Plan Your Procedure
Clean and Polished
If you delay your regular dental cleaning, the chance of additional dental issues could occur. To get your healthiest smile, schedule a professional dental cleaning at Highland Dental Care and Orthodontics in Pearland, TX with our dentists. Annual dental cleanings keep your gums and teeth clean and take away plaque and tartar. This helps to prevent oral infections, cavities, gum disease and keeps your teeth appearing bright and white.