A professional dental cleaning may not always be high on your list of priorities. However, putting off your biannual cleaning or skipping it altogether can have serious consequences for your dental health. Our dentist recommends patients visit every six months for a professional cleaning and checkup. Those who smoke, who suffer from gum disease or who have certain other health problems or lifestyle habits may need to visit more frequently.
Daily tooth brushing and flossing helps remove plaque, a sticky biofilm that houses bacteria, from the surfaces of your teeth and from along the gumline. Plaque that is inadequately removed begins to harden into a mineralized substance known as tartar or calculus. Once tartar has formed, it cannot be removed at home. Plaque and tartar both contribute to the formation of cavities and gum disease.
Our dentist will remove any plaque and tartar buildup and perform a thorough exam to check for cavities, gum disease and other dental health problems. Untreated dental diseases have been shown to have an effect on your overall health. For instance, gum disease is associated with cardiovascular disease and pregnancy complications.
A biannual checkup with our dentist can detect problems early, prevent other problems from developing and provide you with valuable information on preserving your dental health. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.