Teeth Cleaning Specialist

Kimberly C. Andersen, DDS

General Dentistry located in The Woodlands, TX

There is a good reason that insurance plans almost always cover dental cleanings: cleanings work. Regular checkups and teeth cleanings are the top way to prevent cavities and to keep your mouth healthy and strong. Can't remember when you had your last cleaning? Let the experienced team at Kimberly Andersen, DDS, take care of it. Schedule your regular teeth cleaning by booking an appointment online or calling The Woodlands, Texas, office today.

Teeth Cleaning

What happens during a dental cleaning?

Dental cleanings begin with a quick exam. Your Kimberly Andersen, DDS, professional starts with a visual examination of your teeth and gums, looking for any apparent abnormalities. X-rays may be considered if you're due for them.

After X-rays, the actual cleaning process starts. The dentist or hygienist will use a small instrument, called a scaler, to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. Depending on the level of tartar buildup, this part of the cleaning process may take some time.

After the plaque and tartar have been carefully scraped from your teeth, the hygienist or dentist brushes and polishes your teeth using a high-powered brush and special toothpaste. 

The brushing is followed by professional flossing. Lastly, you may be given a fluoride treatment to strengthen your teeth until your next visit.

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Twice a year is the standard recommendation. If you have a history of gum disease or another oral health issue, you may want to have your teeth cleaned more often. 

The American Dental Association, the nation's leading source of oral health information, advises talking with your dentist about your unique dental cleaning needs.

Even with common procedures like routine dental cleanings, consulting with the expert team at Kimberly Andersen, DDS, about your particular situation is an important part of getting excellent care.

Circumstances and situations are different for everyone, especially when it comes to health. The best way to get care for you is not to follow a plan designed for an average person, but rather to follow one developed specifically for you.

Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of health?

The health of your mouth and your general health go hand in hand. Given that your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, oral health is essential to good health.

The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings reduce the number of bacteria that reach the lungs.

Arthritis, kidney disease, diabetes, and other conditions have also been linked to oral health. Routine dental cleanings, checkups, and maybe most importantly, talking with your dentist, all play a crucial role in maintaining exceptional health.

If it's time for your next dental cleaning, book an appointment online or call Kimberly Andersen, DDS, today.