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Dental Cleaning

Undergoing a professional dental cleaning at least twice a year is an easy way to preserve your smile and oral health. At All Smiles Dentistry, cosmetic and implant dentist Catherine Mentesana, DDS, and the team use dental cleanings to reduce the risk of potentially serious issues like tooth decay and gum disease. To make an appointment at the practice in Allen, Texas, call the office today or book online.


What is a dental cleaning?

A dental cleaning is an outpatient procedure that prevents the buildup of plaque, tartar, and harmful bacteria. It’s a quick and convenient way to keep your teeth and gums healthy, while also reducing the risk of more serious oral health issues.

Dental cleanings typically take 45 minutes or less. Once you’re finished with the appointment, there’s no downtime, so you can return to normal activities right away.

What does dental cleaning involve?

At All Smiles Dentistry, dental cleaning involves the following steps:

Step 1 - Oral exam

Before cleaning your teeth, your All Smiles Dentistry provider conducts an oral exam. During the exam, they use a small, circular mirror to assess the health of your gums, cheeks, teeth, and tongue. If your provider notices anything out of the ordinary, they might order additional tests, like a biopsy.

Step 2 - Oral X-rays

Oral X-rays use electronic sensors and ionizing radiation to capture photos of your jaw, tooth roots, and alveolar bone. X-rays help the team at All Smiles Dentistry diagnose potentially serious oral health problems that aren’t visible during a traditional oral exam.

Step 3 - Teeth cleaning

Teeth cleaning involves your All Smiles Dentistry provider removing plaque from beneath your gums and the surface of your teeth. During this part of a dental cleaning, it’s normal to hear some scraping, but these sounds are nothing to worry about. 

Step 4 - Polishing and flossing

After cleaning your teeth, your provider polishes and flosses them. Polishing your teeth eliminates stains and discoloration, while flossing prevents harmful bacteria from building up beneath your gums.

Step 5 - Fluoride treatment

Fluoride is a mineral found in many vegetables and water sources. When applied to your teeth, it strengthens the enamel, reducing the risk of cavities and decay. 

How do I prepare for a dental cleaning?

There’s no special preparation required for a dental cleaning. If you want to reduce the amount of time spent in the dentist’s chair, the team at All Smiles Dentistry recommends brushing and flossing before your appointment.

Do I need more than one dental cleaning a year?

Yes. The team at All Smiles Dentistry recommends scheduling a dental cleaning at least twice a year. Routine visits to the office are one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If it has been more than six months since your last dental cleaning, make an appointment at All Smiles Dentistry by calling the office today or scheduling online.

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All Smiles Dentistry | Catherine Mentesana,
✆ Phone (appointments): 972-525-8180
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 972-747-1996
Address: 604 West Bethany Drive, Suite 210, Allen, TX 75013