Teeth Cleanings

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in San Antonio, TX

Teeth Cleanings services offered in San Antonio, TX

Nothing matches the look and feel of professional teeth cleanings. For many residents of San Antonio, Texas, Mark A Porter, DDS, and Shane Porter, DDS, lead a team of professionals who perform the full spectrum of preventive dentistry care, including teeth cleanings. Spend a few moments online today to schedule your next cleaning, or call to find a time that fits your busy schedule.  

Teeth Cleanings Q & A

Why are professional teeth cleanings so important?

No matter how well you brush and floss, everyone needs regular professional teeth cleanings. Having a skilled professional clean your teeth reduces your risk of dental damage and gum disease. 

Part of the reason professionals can achieve a deeper clean is simply due to geometry. Your dental pro can achieve different angles than you can on your own, and they also have a direct line of sight to all areas of your mouth. 

Dental professionals also have access to advanced cleaning tools that you cannot match at home. Not to mention, teeth cleanings help your teeth achieve their very best appearance and also freshen your breath. 


What happens during professional teeth cleanings?

The first part of the process is a comprehensive dental exam. Your practitioner carefully checks your teeth and gums for signs of decay or disease. If you need routine imaging, that can also be performed during your visit. 

Dental exams include an assessment of the other soft tissues in your mouth. That is a critical part of screening for oral cancer, which can be dangerous if not detected and treated early. 

Next, your practitioner removes all traces of plaque and tartar from your teeth, including below the gumline. A powered rotating brush and special, gritty paste smooths away any lingering plaque or tartar, and creates that sleek, smooth feel associated with teeth cleanings. 

Then, your practitioner performs professional flossing, reaching all of the areas between teeth where brushing and flossing isn’t always effective. You can even pick up some pointers on how to improve your flossing at home. 

After a thorough rinse, your teeth are sparkling clean. You can maintain those results with daily brushing and flossing.


How often should I schedule teeth cleanings?

Most people benefit from coming in for professional teeth cleaning every six months. If you have active gum disease, you might need to come in more frequently until your gum disease is under control.

During your next visit, your dentist can advise you on the scheduling that aligns best with your dental health needs. You can set up a visit online in just a few moments, and you’re always welcome to call the office and speak with a friendly member of the administrative staff regarding appointment availability.