Dental Exam & Teeth Cleaning

Everyone wants a beautiful smile. But did you know that the foundation of a beautiful smile is a healthy smile? To maintain a beautiful smile for life, you need to be persistent about your preventative dental care.

Dental Exam & Teeth Cleaning San Antonio

Although there are things that are simply out of your control, preventative care is the best way to treat oral health diseases and avoid costly restorative procedures. At Stone Oak Aesthetic Dentistry, we are committed to giving you a beautiful smile for life, and that means that we’re relentless about our preventative exams and cleanings. Here, you will achieve a beautiful smile and a healthy one. Call Stone Oak Aesthetic Dentistry today for the best dental exam and teeth cleaning San Antonio, TX has to offer.

Importance & Benefits of Preventative Care

Preventative dental care is the foundation of healthy teeth and gums. At Stone Oak Aesthetic Dentistry, not only do we want to give you a beautiful smile, but we want to give you a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. This means that we need to tend to oral health issues before they become a problem.

A healthy smile is a beautiful smile!

  • Prevent cavities
  • Prevent gingivitis
  • Avoid costly restorative procedures
  • Effectively remove surface staining from your teeth

Going through your daily life causes plaque and tartar to build up on your teeth. Everything you eat and drink affects your teeth and gums. The sugars from the foods and drinks that you consume regularly react with your saliva, creating an acid that can actually break down your tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth and rinsing with water or mouthwash after eating can help decrease the amount of acid allowed to sit on your teeth. Removing this acid is crucial, but it is simply not sufficient to remove everything.

No matter how diligent you are about your daily oral health habits, it’s not enough to completely prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The tartar that builds up on your teeth can only be removed by your dentist, meaning that a professional cleaning is your best chance to tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, the preventative care and monitoring that you get during your cleaning and exam can set a baseline so that your dentist at Stone Oak Aesthetic Dentistry can monitor any changes in your oral health.

You should visit your dentist for regular exams and teeth cleanings at least every 6 months. If you need more frequent cleanings, we will tell you during your exam. Oftentimes this is only necessary if you have periodontal disease. Your dentist at Stone Oak Aesthetic Dentistry will work closely with you to determine the frequency with which you will need a professional teeth cleaning.

Our teeth cleanings consist of three main parts: the manual removal of tartar, manual removal of plaque, and polishing.

  • Removal of tartar: Tartar, or calculus, is made of the hardened deposits that form above and below the gum line. Calculus cannot be removed with regular brushing and requires special dental instruments.
  • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky biofilm deposit that covers the teeth. It is composed of bacteria, saliva, and food debris.
  • Teeth Polishing: Once your hygienist has removed the majority of calculus and plaque from your teeth, a handpiece and Prophylaxis (Prophy) paste is used to remove any additional stains or plaque. This process also helps to polish the teeth, giving them a shiny clean look and feel.

Plaque and tartar build up on your teeth. Although regular brushing and flossing helps mitigate this buildup, it isn’t sufficient to prevent decay and gingivitis. That said, not getting your teeth cleaned can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, which can ultimately put your health at risk and put you at risk of needing costly restorative procedures.

A teeth cleaning takes roughly 30-60 minutes, but it really depends on the state of your teeth and the type of cleaning you’re getting. You can always ask our office staff how long you should expect to spend in the office when you schedule your appointment.

Most people should visit their San Antonio dentist at least twice per year. If, however, you have periodontal disease, you will need to visit our office more frequently. In the instance that you need more frequent cleanings, we will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that works for you and helps reach and exceed your goals.

Teeth cleanings aren’t the only part of your regular dental visits that you need to be concerned with. The other preventative oral health treatments that we provide during your regular exam and cleaning are:

  • Sealants
  • Patient education
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Oral cancer screenings


The cost of your dental exam and teeth cleaning in San Antonio will depend on whether or not you have dental insurance. At Stone Oak Aesthetic Dentistry, we do not contract with insurance companies so that we can provide the exceptional quality of service that you deserve unencumbered by restrictions set by many insurance companies.

To learn more about our insurance claims policies and assistance, please visit our insurance page.

A Healthy smile is a beautiful smile.


Call Stone Oak Aesthetic Dentistry today to schedule your dental exam and teeth cleaning in San Antonio, TX today at (210) 341-4409.


Ready to achieve your dream smile with Stone Oak Aesthetic Dentistry? Click here to schedule your appointment and start your journey to a healthier, brighter smile today!

Get an appointment