Dental Cleaning & Exams

The Importance of Hygiene Visits - General Dentistry Houston, TX

It's not always possible to brush your teeth after every meal. But, even meticulous brushing can't remove every bit of sticky plaque. Eventually, plaque missed by your toothbrush and floss will harden into tartar, which is, perhaps, the most important reason to schedule a regular professional cleaning with our hygienist. Tartar deposits not only form on the surface of teeth, they also accumulate below the gum line. If not removed, tartar buildup can lead to gum disease, which in turn can contribute to serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Having an extra set of eyes and hands inspecting and cleaning your mouth is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
We offer a variety of Dental Exams in Houston, TX – including:
  • Comprehensive
  • Limited or localized
  • Emergency
  • Oral Cancer Screenings
  • Digital X-rays
  • Intraoral Imaging

Oral Hygiene

When you come in for your professional teeth cleaning in Houston, Texas, we will remove all plaque and tartar from hard to reach places on your teeth. Dr. Dernick always recommends you come in for your routine cleanings every 6 months.

Dental Implant Bridges

Deep cleanings (also called scaling and root planing) might be suggested if you have periodontal disease. A deep cleaning is a thorough cleaning around the gums and tooth roots. The treatment helps improve the health of your gums, preventing tooth and bone loss.

The first part of the deep cleaning is scaling. Scaling refers to the process of removing plaque and tartar. The second part of the deep cleaning process is planing. Planing is the procedure of smoothing the tooth roots which helps prevent future cavities.

When you come in for a deep cleaning in Houston, Texas, we will provide a local anesthetic to keep you comfortable during your visit. Your deep cleaning can be done in one or two visits, depending on your preference. Afterward, we recommend you maintain your periodontal health every 3-4 months.

What is Fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring compound that can help prevent dental decay. Fluoride is commonly known as nature’s cavity fighter. Fluoride helps protect your teeth and prevent cavities. For patients with serious decay concerns, especially younger patients, we offer fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments are applied to the surface of teeth following your appointment to help strengthen the enamel. And, it is safe for both children and adults. If you are susceptible or have a higher risk for cavities, Fluoride is the best option for you. Call and schedule your appointment today!