Dental Cleanings

Joey Cazares, DDS and Associates

Dental Clinics located in McAllen, Mercedes, and Penitas, TX

Have you ever wondered why insurance plans usually cover dental cleanings? It's because cleanings work. Routine cleanings and examinations are the best way to ward off cavities and to help your natural teeth last a lifetime. Has it been a while since your last cleaning? Quickly schedule your regular cleaning with Dr. Jose (Joey) Cazares by booking an appointment online or calling Joey Cazares, DDS and Associates in McAllen, Texas today.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

What happens during a dental cleaning?

First, expect an exam. A dental professional at the practice visually looks at your gums and teeth, checking for any can't-miss issues. If you need X-rays, they are taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment.

The actual dental cleaning process begins after your X-rays. The hygienist or dentist uses a small metal tool with pointed ends to remove harmful plaque and tartar from your teeth. This part may go quickly, or it may take some time. It depends on how much plaque and tartar buildup you have.

After the plaque and tartar buildup has been removed, the dentist or hygienist uses a polishing toothpaste and high-powered toothbrush to give you an intensive brushing. They will also give you a professional flossing. Finally, you may receive a fluoride treatment to support healthy tooth enamel and fight bacteria until your next cleaning.


How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

Dental cleaning frequency varies from person to person and depends on a variety of factors. Some people who have particular issues may require more frequent cleanings, while others may be able to go with the standard recommendation of twice a year. Take the American Dental Association's advice and discuss your dental cleaning needs with your dentist.

Whether you need a quick dental cleaning or a complicated procedure, talking to the professionals at Joey Cazares, DDS and Associates about your personal needs is critical to receiving outstanding care.

Circumstances and situations are different for everyone, especially when it comes to health. The best way to get care for you is not to follow a plan designed for an average person, but rather to follow one developed specifically for you.


Can dental cleanings affect other aspects of health?

Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Your mouth is connected to your body, making oral health fundamental for good health.

The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The hypothesis is that dental cleanings cut down on the volume of bacteria entering the lungs.

Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions have also been connected to oral health. Routine dental checkups and cleanings, along with discussions with your dentist, all play a crucial role in maintaining exceptional health.

If it's time for your next dental cleaning, call Joey Cazares, DDS and Associates or book an appointment online.