Importance of Professional Dental Cleaning

Importance of Professional Dental CleaningHow clean are your teeth? Are you willing to bet your dental health on it? Even when you practice excellent dental hygiene, you may be missing small areas between your teeth, along the gumline or even on chewing surfaces, which allows plaque to build up. Over time, plaque can harden into tartar, which must be removed through a professional dental cleaning before it affects your dental health.

Tartar that is not removed can irritate your gums and decay your teeth. The ADA recommends that most people have a professional cleaning at least every six months. Your dentist or hygienist will remove plaque and tartar buildup and assess your brushing and flossing habits. If you have any symptoms of gum disease, a professional cleaning and treatment plan can help restore your gum health.

A professional cleaning can reduce the risk of cavities as well. Removing plaque and tartar buildup and polishing teeth can leave them looking sparkling smooth and clean, and your dentist will do a thorough visual check to ensure all your restorations are intact and your teeth are healthy. Your dentist may also perform dental X-rays to check for cavities or other conditions that could affect the overall health of your mouth. After your teeth have been cleaned and examined, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and your dentist will explain any necessary dental treatments or make suggestions to improve your dental health.

Contact us today to schedule your next consultation and professional cleaning with our Northridge dentist.

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