Cleanings & Checkups

What is the breeding ground for thousands of natural-occurring, disease-causing strains of bacteria? If you guessed “the mouth,” then you’re right. The bacteria in your mouth love sharing the meals you eat and thrive on and between your teeth.

While this natural part of life might seem a little disgusting, the Babcock Family Dental team can help you and your family members manage bacterial overgrowth through dental cleanings and checkups when paired with twice-daily, at-home brushing and flossing.

Cleanings and Checkups Defined

What is a dental cleaning, and what does it entail? While there are many types of dental cleaning, the most standard type is “prophylaxis dental cleanings.” Prophylaxis means “to prevent disease.” Thus, our dental team performs this type of dental cleaning to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other oral health conditions.

During a basic dental cleaning session, our dental hygienists remove plaque, debris, and caked-on tartar from the front, back, and sides of teeth. They use powerful professional dental tools, like dental scalers, to remove harmful bacteria that flossing and brushing simply cannot reach.

How often should you get your teeth cleaned?

Although the American Dental Association (ADA) reports that a whopping 100 million Americans fail to visit the dentist annually, please do not be a statistic. Generally, most dental health professionals and dental insurance companies suggest undergoing dental checkups and cleanings every six months (or twice a year) to keep the teeth and gums healthy.

What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning and Checkup

The aim of professional teeth cleanings and checkups is to remove detrimental bacterial buildup from the surface of the teeth and above and below the gum line. At Babcock Family Dental, our highly competent dental hygienists are to future dental problems, like tooth decay, gum disease, receding gums, and more.

This universal procedure includes the following actions:

  • Step 1: First, our dental hygienist will perform a dental exam. He or she will thoroughly inspect your mouth and teeth for potential health problems while taking advantage of our sophisticated dental technology, like digital x-rays.
  • Step 2: The hygienist will carefully scrape away plaque and tartar using specialized instruments.
  • Step 3: After the harmful plaque and tartar are removed from the mouth, our hygienist will gently polish the teeth to ensure a smoother texture, making it more challenging for plaque to accumulate.
  • Step 4: After polishing, you can expect the dental hygienist to interdentally clear away debris and any leftover gritty toothpaste.
  • Step 5: In some cases (specifically younger patients), Dr. Keshwani might recommend fluoride treatment to strengthen the enamel.
  • Step 6: After every dental cleaning, our devoted dentist and dental hygienists might offer some sage advice or create a personalized treatment plan so that you can achieve optimal oral health.

Book Your Next Dental Cleaning and Checkup at Babcock Family Dental

Is it time for routine cleaning and checkup? Call 210-732-3333 or message us online. Our San Antonio dental team looks forward to protecting your smile from dental disease.