Dental Cleaning Specialist

Kenneth Gonzales, D.D.S., P.L.L.C.

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Corpus Christi, TX

Dental exams and cleanings can promote overall good health. That's why insurance plans almost always cover them. Regular cleanings and checkups are the best way to avoid cavities and help your natural teeth last a lifetime. Schedule a regular exam and cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PPLC in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

What happens during a dental exam and cleaning?

First, Dr. Kenneth Gonzales conducts a dental exam. He starts with a visual examination of your teeth and gums, looking for any abnormalities. He may also recommend X-rays.

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. This step could take longer if you've skipped a cleaning or two.

Once the plaque and tartar have been scraped away, the dentist or hygienist uses a polishing toothpaste and high-powered toothbrush to give you an intensive brushing. He or she also gives you a professional flossing. Finally, you may receive a fluoride treatment that can maintain healthy tooth enamel and reduce bacteria until your next cleaning.

How often should I go to the dentist for a teeth cleaning?

How often your teeth need to be cleaned varies from person to person. Some people might be able to go with the average of every six months, while other people with specific issues may need more frequent cleanings. The American Dental Association advises working with your dentist to determine the best cleaning schedule for your personal dental needs.

Even with common procedures like routine dental cleanings, consulting an expert team like the one at Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PLLC about your unique situation is an essential part of getting exceptional care.

Circumstances are different for everyone, especially when it comes to health. Your best approach for dental care is to follow a plan that's customized for you, not one that's designed for the average person.

How can dental cleanings impact my overall health?

Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Given that your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, oral health is essential to good health.

A study published in 2016 indicated that routine dental cleanings might reduce the risk of pneumonia. The hypothesis is that dental cleanings reduce the number of bacteria that can reach the lungs.

Heart health, diabetes, and other conditions also have been linked to poor oral health. Regular dental checkups, cleanings, and perhaps most importantly, conversations with your dentist, all play a role in maintaining excellent health.

If you're due for a dental cleaning, call Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PLLC, or book an appointment online.