Preventive Dental Care in St. Paul, MN

Choose Highland Dental for Your Next Dental Cleaning

Every dentist will tell you that the key to lifelong oral health is preventive care. If you practice good oral hygiene at home and visit your dentist for routine examinations and teeth cleanings every six months, you can prevent serious issues like tooth decay and gum disease from ruining your beautiful smile.

At Highland Dental, we encourage all our patients to visit us at least twice a year for a thorough examination and dental cleaning to improve or maintain their oral health.

What is a Dental Cleaning?

A dental cleaning is typically part of a routine visit and serves to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth. Your at-home oral care routine is a big factor in how much plaque and tartar accumulate on your teeth between cleanings.

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning?

A typical Dental Cleaning takes an hour or less. Before we begin, we will first ask you some questions and then examine your teeth and mouth to get a better idea of your current oral health. This usually involves taking pictures, and sometimes X Rays, of your teeth to help us identify potential trouble spots where there may be decay or other hidden problems. We will also examine your gums for signs of gum disease. All of this information is very important for Dr. Brooks to correctly assess your oral health and recommend any needed treatments. It also helps us understand how well you care for your teeth at home so that we can offer advice on how to improve if necessary.

Once your examination is completed, our experienced dental hygienist will begin cleaning your teeth using special instruments designed to remove any buildup. This part of the cleaning can be pretty quick or may take a little time, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Your hygienist is well trained and will be as gentle as possible. If at any time during the procedure you need a break, you can signal with your hand, and we will pause until you’re ready to start again.

After we have removed all the plaque and tartar from the surfaces of your teeth, we floss between them to make sure there is no lingering plaque or food residue. Then, we use a special paste to polish your teeth and make them sparkle. If you choose, we will also take a few seconds to apply fluoride to your teeth for extra protection.

The last step in your dental cleaning is a one-on-one with Dr. Brooks, who will talk to you about your current oral health and discuss any problem areas detected during your examination. This is your chance to ask questions and get his expert advice on anything related to your dental health.

If you are due for a dental cleaning, contact Highland Dental today to schedule an appointment with the most experienced dental team in St. Paul, MN.

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The people working at the front were nice and easy going, welcoming. Angie was very nice and gentle. She cleaned my teeth very good. I was in and out with a brighter smile.
Billy Kue
Billy Kue
06:03 06 Jan 22
I have been going to Dr. Brooks for about 20 years. While going to the dentist isn't something I look forward to, I've been very pleased with Dr. Brooks and Highland Dental ave the care they've provided for me and I'd recommend them wholeheartedly.
Chris Montbriand
Chris Montbriand
00:33 05 Jan 22
Ashley was not only excellent, she kind , caring 👼👼.
Jimmy Welton
Jimmy Welton
23:38 19 Dec 21
Over the past 3+ years have had two hygienists and the dentist. All are great, reasonable with recommendations, and just plain nice.
Simon Nussbaum
Simon Nussbaum
15:14 16 Dec 21
Been There More than 10 times, The only thing unpleasant is the Fluoride lolGreat place, Great people
Jackson Smallman
Jackson Smallman
23:06 15 Dec 21
Excellent professional staff.
John Osborn Jr
John Osborn Jr
21:14 11 Dec 21
Excellent dentist and staff. Easy scheduling and followup. Have been with Dr Brooks for almost 20 years now. Highly recommend him.
Leslie Wagner
Leslie Wagner
18:57 06 Dec 21
I’ve gone here a couple of times for cleanings and have always found everyone to be happy and eager to help. I love the small office experience. Thank you!
Susanne Ek
Susanne Ek
23:56 29 Nov 21
Courteous, professional staff. I am a new customer and am pleased I found a dentist close to me that I can look forward to staying with.
Jess Peterson
Jess Peterson
02:21 18 Nov 21
Really professional and nice staff. Angie is the best dental hygienist ever the dentist was very friendly. Their processes get you in and out fast. Definitely go again
Cat G
Cat G
20:19 13 Nov 21
Professional and pleasant stuff. Careful and quick cleaning and x-rays.
Gabriel Ross
Gabriel Ross
21:16 01 Nov 21
Excellent cleaning performed by a hygienist who was professional and friendly.
Cecilia Oberg
Cecilia Oberg
23:06 27 Oct 21
Welcoming patients until 7 pm on weekdays & open Saturdays!

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