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Dental Cleanings Specialist

Flossmore Dental

Hank Chang, DDS

Dentist located in Richardson, TX

Having a routine dental cleaning is one of the best ways patients can protect their teeth and gums to prevent decay and even tooth loss. Dr. Chang provides comprehensive dental cleanings for patients the Richardson, Texas, area so they can enjoy optimal oral health at every age.

Dental Cleanings Q & A

How often should patients have professional dental cleanings?

Ideally, patients should have their teeth cleaned every six months to ensure teeth and gums stay healthiest. Having a professional dental cleaning twice each year helps the dentist spot decay, gum disease and other problems in their earliest stages when treatment is simpler and less costly. Plus, twice-yearly cleanings are an essential part of avoiding gum disease, the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S., and they can help patients avoid more extensive cleaning treatments such as scaling and root planing. Dental cleanings also provide an opportunity for the dentist to perform oral cancer screenings to look for changes in gums that may require additional evaluation.

What should patients expect during routine dental cleanings?

During dental cleaning appointments, the hygienists use special tools and techniques to carefully and gently remove plaque, hard tartar and stains from the surfaces of teeth, including hard-to-reach spots between the teeth and along the gumline where gum disease begins. During the cleaning, the hygienist looks for areas patients might be missing with brushing and flossing, providing guidance on how to improve techniques so teeth and gums stay healthier. Once the cleaning is complete, patients may also have dental X-rays to check inside teeth and below the gums for any issues that may need to be addressed.

Should children have dental sealants?

Dental sealants are important for protecting the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent decay-causing bacteria from invading the tooth and causing cavities. Sealants are designed to last a long time. During a child’s visit, the staff can determine if sealants need to be reapplied to provide continuous protection.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Yes, dental X-rays are completely safe and approved for routine use to help keep teeth as healthy as possible. Dr. Chang’s office staff uses special X-ray techniques designed to minimize radiation exposure.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Please contact the office to find out if your specific plan is accepted.

Assurant Employee Benefits
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Delta Dental
Dental Network of America
Dental Select
MCNA Dental