Brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day are important for your dental health, but your oral hygiene routine cannot provide complete protection against tooth decay and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends professional checkups and dental cleanings every 6 months.
Routine dental cleanings prevent plaque build-up from wreaking havoc on your oral health. Our hygienists will remove built-up plaque and calcified plaque, also known as tarter or calculus.
The benefits include:
- Plaque removal. Tartar (also referred to as calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can result in serious periodontal problems. Unfortunately, even with a proper home brushing and flossing routine, it can be impossible to remove all debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or hygienist using specialized dental equipment is necessary to catch potentially damaging buildup.
- A healthier looking smile. Stained and yellowed teeth can dramatically decrease the esthetics of a smile. Prophylaxis is an effective treatment in ridding the teeth of these unsightly stains.
- Fresher breath. Bad breath (or halitosis) is generally indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles (possibly below the gum line) and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, results in bad breath. The routine removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria at our facility can noticeably improve halitosis and reduce infection.
We will also check for signs of gum disease and other oral health issues. We will clean your teeth with your comfort in mind and address any concerns you have, so you can leave with a healthy smile and that silky-smooth feeling.