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Professional Teeth Cleaning (Prophylaxis)


Why Cleanings are Important

Here at University Periodontal Associates in Houston, we want all of our patients to keep their smile happy and healthy for as long as possible. Everyone knows that a regular brushing and flossing routine is instrumental in keeping your mouth healthy, but one very important part of a healthy oral hygiene routine is coming in to see us at least twice a year for a professional cleaning and examination.

During these regular appointments, we can stay on top of your oral health and make sure that oral health maladies don't spring up without being caught.

Oral Hygiene



Why are Professional Dental Cleanings Important?

If you don't brush and floss, or if there are spots that you can't reach with your toothbrush and floss, these colonies of plaque will eventually harden and turn into a cement-like substance that we call tartar. Tartar cannot be removed with a toothbrush; this is where we come in. Our dental tools are made to reach into every area of your mouth and can break-up and remove even the toughest colonies of cavity-causing tartar. We are even able to clean your teeth below the gumline when periodontal disease threatens the health of your gums.

Do I Still Need a Cleaning if I Brush and Floss?

At-home brushing and flossing go a long way in keeping your mouth healthy for the most part, but there are areas in your mouth that are hard to reach that we can help with. Everyone has bacteria that live in their mouth and feeds on the leftover sugars, acids, and food particles that are left behind after meals.

How to Brush Your Teeth


How to Floss Your Teeth



Even if you brush and floss regularly, you still need to get bi-annual teeth cleanings.Let's say you have a healthy breakfast and then skip brushing and flossing because you are late for work. The bacteria in your mouth will get a nice boost of nutrients from the meal and will begin to reproduce on the surfaces of your teeth and gums. When the bacteria congregate on the surfaces of your teeth and gums, you can feel them as fuzzy deposits on your teeth, which we refer to as plaque. As your day progresses, you will eat lunch and dinner, and hopefully, you will brush and floss before you go to bed. Brushing and flossing break up these colonies of plaque and washes them away.

What Does a Professional Cleaning Include?

It's important to have professional cleaning performed by our certified dentists and hygienists. During these appointments we will perform the following steps to make sure that your mouth is clean and healthy:
•  We will meticulously go over your teeth with a special dental tool called an ultrasonic scaler to remove build up plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach surfaces of your teeth.
•  Use a scraping tool to do high detail cleanings of the surfaces of your teeth that are difficult to reach with the bulkier ultra-sonic scaler.
•  Polish your teeth to remove surface stains and minor imperfections that bacteria use to gain purchase on your teeth.
•  Brush your teeth.
•  Floss your teeth.

Ready to Schedule Your Dental Cleaning?

Make sure to call us today at (832) 975-0990 to schedule your bi-annual trip to the dentist. We look forward to seeing you at our Houston dental practice and helping you keep your smile healthy and happy!
University Periodontal Associates
3100 Richmond Ave, Suite 509
Houston, TX 77098

Phone (832) 975-0990

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