Keeping your teeth clean and healthy is crucial in preventing dental problems down the road. When you brush and floss regularly, it helps to prevent cavities from developing and the need for fillings, crowns, root canals and extractions. Unfortunately, even the very best toothbrush and flossing regimen at home isn’t enough to keep your teeth fully clean. Plaque can accumulate on different surfaces of your smile, hardening into a substance that is known as calculus or tartar. This calculus buildup is nearly impossible to remove safely on your own without the help of a professional cleaning. Likewise, a professional cleaning helps to check for gingivitis and gum disease so that treatment is started early.
How Often Do You Need to Professionally Clean Your Teeth?
It’s recommended to have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year. These bi-annual appointments will involve seeing both a hygienist as well as Dr. Sly for an examination. The cleaning helps to remove calculus from the teeth as well as stains and other buildup. The small pockets around the teeth are measured to check for signs of both gingivitis inflammation and gum disease. If inflammation is found or if the pockets around your teeth are deeper than 3mm, further periodontal treatment may be recommended. It’s crucial that every member of your family come in for professional cleanings twice a year.
Importance of Regular Dental Cleanings
Without the help of regular cleanings, that hardened calculus can continue to buildup on your teeth. Not only can this undermine your confidence because it’s obvious when you smile, but it can be detrimental to the health of your teeth. Calculus can cause issues with tooth decay and gum inflammation over time. Your bi-annual appointments include a comprehensive examination as well, which checks for cavities, problems with your teeth and even oral cancer.
How to Keep Your Teeth Clean In Between Appointments
While it’s important to come into the office for regular professional cleanings, this isn’t an excuse to skimp on cleaning your teeth at home. Using a good-quality toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily can help keep plaque and bacteria at bay to prevent problems with tooth decay. Preventative treatments, like sealants and fluoride application, are available if you’re looking for ways to further protect your smile. We can pre-schedule your appointments for you so that it’s convenient to come in and be seen twice a year.