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About Smiles

Family and Cosmetic Dentists located in Austin, TX & Round Rock, TX

Teeth Cleaning Specialist

A professional teeth cleaning includes more than just brushing your teeth. During teeth cleaning, plaque and tartar are scraped away and you’re checked for signs of cavities and gum disease. The dentists and dental hygienists at About Smiles in Austin and Round Rock, Texas, encourage you to come in for regular six-month checkups. The professional teeth cleaning you receive protects your overall health and prevents tooth loss.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

Why is getting regular teeth cleanings so important?

Visiting the dental hygienist every six months is an essential element of preventive dental care. During this checkup, developing problems with your teeth are found while they’re in an early stage and easier to fix.

Teeth cleaning has multiple benefits, but it serves two primary purposes:

  • Prevents tooth loss
  • Prevents disease in the rest of the body, such as heart disease

A thorough cleaning during a regular dental checkup makes your teeth feel great, because it eliminates the buildup of plaque and tartar.

What are plaque and tartar and why should they be removed?

Plaque is a film that sticks to your teeth and contains bacteria. Since it’s colorless, you usually don’t see it, but it constantly grows in your mouth. The bacteria use sugar to produce acids, then the acids erode tooth enamel and cause cavities.

When you don’t brush and floss daily, the plaque that’s left on your teeth hardens into tartar, which is difficult to remove with regular brushing. The bacteria-filled tartar infects gum tissue, creating red, swollen gums -- a condition called gingivitis.

Gingivitis is reversible in the early stage, but if it’s not resolved, it can develop into advanced gum disease. Ultimately, advanced gum disease begins to damage the bone, which leads to tooth loss.

What services are performed during a basic teeth cleaning?

The six-month checkup is your opportunity to talk with the hygienist and ask questions about dental care or problems with your teeth. The hygienist scrapes away plaque and tartar using dental tools, and examines your gums, tongue, and mouth for signs of disease. Then you’ll get a professional cleaning and polishing.

If you need X-rays, they’re taken using digital X-rays, which are lower in radiation and higher in clarity. We also take computerized 3D scans to catch details that are hard to see with visual inspection.

What specialized services are available when you come in for teeth cleaning?

At About Smiles, we employ state-of-the art tools to give you the best possible dental care:

Fluorescent laser technology: This laser-assisted method detects cavities that aren’t visible on the surface. It replaces “picking” at the tooth surface to check for cavities.

Intra-oral camera detection: This device takes pictures of your mouth to pinpoint broken fillings, plaque, gum disease, and chipped or worn teeth.


At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Delta Premier
United Concordia

Words from our patients

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    "Dr. Hoover & Cathy were great. This was my first pain free dentist visit in a while. I am glad I have finally found a dental office where I don't feel nervous..."

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    "Short wait times and great service. I love the staff here. They make me feel so comfortable and are all very nice. The hygienist was so gentle with my cleaning."

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    "I had a very deep filling that needed to be removed and replaced with a crown, which they make in the office. When I left I had a beautiful new crown!"

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    "Warm and welcoming staff. Nice facilities and modern equipment. Dentists have friendly patient focused demeanor, I didn't feel rushed."

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    "Dr. Hoover was amazing; she addressed and explained my issues to ease any discomfort. They have amazing staff and enjoyed my visit."

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    "It's so nicely decorated and clean. They really care and everyone who works there is happy and enjoys what they do! Awesome dentist!"

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    "Absolutely the best Dentist Professionals I have ever found... The extraction was done with out any complications and with top notch bedside manner."

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    "All my questions were answered thoroughly which made my visit more comfortable. I will definitely be returning here for my dental work!"

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    "The experience was not only friendly and nearly painless, but it was fast. I walked out of that lovely office in one and a half hours WITH a new crown!"

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    "This is by far the best experience I've ever had with a dental office. They get me in asap and never leave disappointed. I've referred my family and they feel same."

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