CHECKUPS AND DENTAL CLEANINGS PROMOTE CONTINUED ORAL HEALTH
Maintaining a healthy smile that feels comfortable and functions well requires twice-annual dental visits. Achieving comprehensive preventive care, including thorough plaque removal and a detailed examination of your oral health, is as simple as scheduling checkups and dental cleanings once every six months.
Your Cleaning Experience
When you visit us for a dental cleaning, you can expect gentle, compassionate care. During your visit, one of our hygienists will skillfully remove every trace of plaque from your teeth. She will use special dental instruments for the majority of your cleaning, followed by a tooth polishing. You can expect to leave our practice with a smile that feels refreshingly clean.
Why You Need Cleanings
Dental cleanings provide you with exceptional protection against tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque, a sticky substance filled with bacteria, adheres to your teeth every single day. Because it is difficult to remove, your daily brushing and flossing will provide partial control but may leave room for error. Even traces of plaque can lead to cavity formation or gum inflammation, which is why we encourage patients to visit us consistently for thorough plaque removal.
Deep Cleanings for Gum Disease
When plaque rests on your teeth for as few as 24 to 48 hours, it may harden in a cement-like substance called tartar that is impossible for you to remove on your own. We offer deep cleanings in place of a traditional dental cleaning for patients that suffer from reversible gum inflammation (gingivitis) or gum disease (periodontitis). Also called scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning is the first step toward removing plaque and tartar buildup and improving your oral health.
Your Checkup Experience
Your dental checkup will include a comprehensive examination that we will accomplish with a visual scan of your tissues as well as a detailed look with advanced technology. Every time you visit us for a checkup, we will screen your mouth for oral cancer. Early detection yields greatly increased survival and treatment success rates. We will also use intraoral cameras for a high-resolution visual of your mouth’s interior, as well as digital X-rays to check the internal processes of your teeth, gums, and supportive structures. Our technology quickly and comfortably captures images that we may share with you, so you can enjoy a relaxed dental checkup with enhanced doctor-patient communication.
Why You Need Checkups
In their earliest stages, oral diseases typically respond more successfully to treatment than disease in later stages of development. We prefer keeping a close watch on your oral health over time. This preserves our ability to detect changes as they occur, rather than waiting for disease or disorder to progress beyond simple and effective treatment measures. Our advanced technology permits us to find changes that you may not recognize on your own.
Schedule Your Next Dental Appointment:
Dr. McElravy and the team at Spring Pearl Dental practices patient-centered dental care, providing a compassionate, empathetic approach and a comprehensive selection of services. To learn more about all that we offer, to schedule your next dental checkup and cleaning, or for a same-day emergency appointment, contact us today at (281) 651-2782. Located in Tomball, TX, we proudly welcome patients from Spring, the Woodlands, Houston, Pinehurst, and all surrounding communities.