Teeth Cleaning Specialist

Chao Dental Studio

Patricia Chao, DDS

Dentist located in Santa Clara, CA

Poor oral hygiene doesn’t just impact your smile; dental issues can lead to health problems throughout your body. At Chao Dental Studio in Santa Clara, California, Dr. Patricia Chao offers comprehensive teeth cleanings and preventive care to find dental problems early when they’re easier to treat. She continues Dr. Luann Plummer’s 30-year tradition of caring, compassionate dental care to build and maintain bright, beautiful smiles for every member of the family. To schedule your routine dental cleaning, call or click today.

Teeth Cleaning Q & A

What is a professional teeth cleaning?

Even with regular brushing and flossing, professional teeth cleanings are extremely important for healthy teeth and gums.

Here’s what you can expect from your next visit:

  1. Plaque and tartar removal: Your hygienist removes plaque and tartar around the gum line with a tiny scraper
  2. Tooth polishing: Your hygienist cleans your teeth with a high-powered toothbrush and special gritty toothpaste
  3. Flossing: Flossing removes any last bit of tartar and plaque left behind
  4. Fluoride treatment: Flouride paint or gel applied to the teeth helps protect them from cavities
  5. Examination: Dr. Chao examines your teeth and gum tissue for signs of decay or disease, as well as loose or damaged teeth, fillings, or dental work

At least once a year, you may also get X-rays to detect cavities, gum disease, and problems with tooth development or placement.

Dr. Chao and her team are quick and gentle, ensuring you’re always comfortable during your cleaning. Regular cleanings are the best way to find and prevent serious dental problems in the future.

Why is it important to have my teeth professionally cleaned?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 18% of children and 30% of middle-aged adults have untreated tooth decay. Tooth decay and cavities don’t just tarnish your beautiful smile; they also have a more wide-reaching impact on your health.

Your mouth is filled with (mostly harmless) bacteria. Regular brushing and flossing are usually enough to keep bad bacteria under control. But sometimes bacteria levels increase, causing oral infections, cavities, and gum disease.

As this bacteria travels throughout your body, it may contribute to:

  • Cardiovascular disease: Some research suggests a connection between oral bacteria and clogged arteries, heart disease, and stroke
  • Endocarditis: This is an infection of the inner lining of the heart that’s caused when oral bacteria attaches to damaged areas of the heart
  • Pregnancy problems: Gum disease has been linked to preterm labor and low birth weight in babies

Conversely, certain health conditions increase your risk of dental problems, including Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. For this reason, it’s important to discuss any significant changes to your overall health with Dr. Chao during your cleaning.

How often should I get my teeth cleaned?

Dr. Chao recommends most patients with a healthy mouth and good oral hygiene to have their teeth cleaned twice a year. Some patients with more complex dental needs may require more frequent cleanings. She discusses your treatment plan at every dental appointment.

You can schedule your next cleaning with the online booking system or by calling Chao Dental Studio today.