toothcleanDo you feel like you do a pretty good job with your dental hygiene on your own time, so you frequently wonder why we encourage you to come in for a dental cleaning? If so, rest assured that you are not the only person out there with this question – also, take note that while your logic seems sound, it actually is essential that we see you for cleanings. Let’s explore the fundamental details, so you’re clear regarding this area of preventive care.

To Begin, Let’s Cover The “When”

Before we explain why dental cleanings are so essential for your oral health, let’s cover basic details of what you should do for effective professional care with us. (You will, of course, need to continue brushing twice a day and flossing once a day). As for cleanings, aim to schedule a cleaning and checkup once every six months, so we can see you two times annually. Give us a call and we will strive to create an appointment that suits your scheduling needs.

Now, About The “Why”

Why would you need a dental cleaning if you already take excellent care of your teeth? Well, everyone needs this preventive treatment because it’s the only way you can be sure your smile is free of plaque (and tartar). You see, plaque is a very sticky substance that is filled with bacteria. It sticks to your teeth and can remain beneath your gumline and in small crevices that you cannot thoroughly access (but we can). Once plaque is allowed to rest without removal for 24 to 48 hours, it can become as hard as cement (we call this tartar). Coming in for a cleaning means you have access to our professional techniques to remove these substances, so teeth and gums remain healthy.