Nearly everyone understands the importance of daily oral hygiene habits, including at-home brushing and flossing of the teeth and gums. For most of us, this regular teeth-cleaning is a task we perform twice a day. However, some patients may not realize the importance of regular in-office teeth cleaning by a professional dental care team. This teeth cleaning is typically paired with a dental examination every six months to assess the health of your teeth and gums, and it is an essential component for a patient’s oral health and wellness.
Regular professional teeth cleaning eliminates the plaque and tartar that build up on your teeth each day. This is important because plaque and tartar are made up of bacteria from the mouth that gather together in these sticky substances that adhere to your teeth. This plaque and tartar erode the enamel of your teeth and cause decay, which can result in dental cavities, gum disease, and other complications that would require treatment.
Even the most attentive at-home brushing and flossing will not prevent or eliminate plaque and tartar build-up. However, a professional cleaning of your teeth will remove these substances, reducing your risk of tooth decay and the harm it causes to your oral health.
Professional teeth cleanings also provide an opportunity for our dental care team to offer support and guidance for taking care of your teeth and gums. Occasionally, we get lazy in our at-home oral health habits. A professional cleaning can inspire patients to improve their dental hygiene between appointments.
If it has been longer than six months since your most recent dental examination and professional teeth cleaning, schedule an appointment with our dental care team as soon as possible. This will give our staff the chance to assess your overall oral health, provide any necessary treatment, and professionally clean your teeth to rid them of plaque and tartar. This gives you a fresh start so you can maintain regular teeth cleaning at home and reduce the risk of tooth decay and its harmful effects. Don’t forget the importance of regular teeth cleaning!