The old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is no more true than when referring to your family’s dental health. And while many if not most people still take care to brush at least twice and preferably three times per day while also flossing frequently, the need for regular visits to the dentist for simple teeth cleaning often times is overlooked. Brushing and flossing several times per day is great, especially when done properly and for at least two minutes each brushing, but seeing your family dentist to give your teeth a thorough cleaning will help to ensure they stay in their best condition.
Dental Cleanings Remove Plaque, Tartar
A good toothbrush, using the right kind of toothpaste and brushing properly and frequently will help to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, but it’s not enough to stop it. When you see your family dentist for a proper tooth cleaning, special tools, like an ultrasonic cleaner and high-pressure water tools, are used to break up and remove plaque and tartar that build up in areas where the toothbrush and toothpaste can’t get to and in the small crevices in and around the gum line. A rotary brush and special dental paste can polish the teeth and ensure they are free of contaminants that regular brushing can’t remove, leaving your teeth looking their best and preventing gum disease and tooth decay.
Every Six Months Works Best for Cleanings
When you and your family see your dentist every six months for a routine examination and thorough cleaning, you help to ensure your teeth will last a lifetime and prevent costly and painful dental work later on, like multiple root canals and crown restoration. Once dental restoration work starts, from simple fillings to root canals and crowns, those procedures likely will need to be repeated at least once over a lifetime and sometimes more. Preventing them in the first place is the best way to keep that from happening, and regular cleanings every six months will help.
What steps do you take to prevent plaque and tartar buildup?