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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Jacob Fitzpatrick
Jacob Fitzpatrick
23:32 31 Aug 22
Nice small clean office on an easily accessible street. Very friendly and courteous staff who made me feel welcome and like I've been going there for years.
Nick Jansen
Nick Jansen
18:49 30 Aug 22
Highland Dental provides the best Dental Service in the Twin Cities!
melvin robinson
melvin robinson
23:09 15 Aug 22
We take our two girls to Highland Dental and have had a great experience! They have a friendly and caring staff. We highly recommend their services!
Matt Hozza
Matt Hozza
23:43 19 Jul 22
Great service! In and out quickly! Mind at and Dr. Brooks were great!
Chris Ames
Chris Ames
23:47 18 Jul 22
I felt welcomed!! The dental hygienist was fabulous! Even before I sat down Angie worked towards ensuring I felt comfortable. The dentist was also great. The administrative assistant called my insurance to find out if I was eligible for certain treatments. I’m definitely returning to this dentist!!! Everyone in the office deserves a GOLD STAR.
Marisa Rivera Lugo, Ph.D.
Marisa Rivera Lugo, Ph.D.
15:30 10 Jun 22
I received excellent care from the receptionist, the hygienist, and the dentist!
john5876 University of Minnesota
john5876 University of Minnesota
01:23 30 May 22
Friendly staff and great hygienist! I’m definitely returning and would recommend.
Sue
Sue
01:21 11 May 22
I wanted a second opinion and felt very good about the visit. The Dentist was informative and candid with me and gave me a referral for the work I needed. It gave me a lot of peace of mind.
Ona Conroy
Ona Conroy
17:46 02 May 22
Highland Dental has a great reputation! Emily, at the front desk is friendly and can answer anything dental related. Dr. Brooks and his lovely assistant pointed me in the right direction. Ashley is a gentle hygienist. I definitely recommend Highland Dental. Everyone there is awesome!
Charynanne Hawkins
Charynanne Hawkins
23:26 06 Apr 22
Well satisfied
Michael Rivers, FSC
Michael Rivers, FSC
21:24 10 Mar 22
I always feel in good hands with Dr. Brooks and his assistants. They do top notch work.Angels. All of them!
Jim Horwath
Jim Horwath
21:26 01 Mar 22
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