The American Dental Association recommends that everyone should schedule a regular dental checkup at their dentist every six months. These dental checkups are needed for several reasons. One reason is that the dentist will have the opportunity spot the signs of any oral health issues early, and address the problems while they are still in their most treatable stages. Another reason for these regular office visits is so that our expert in dental cleaning in West Hollywood can perform prophylaxis, or a professional cleaning.
While twice daily brushing and daily flossing are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, these techniques are not enough to remove every bit of plaque and tartar that accumulates on the teeth. A professional cleaning by our expert hygienist is able to remove even the toughest bacteria that put the patient’s mouth at risk of developing tooth decay or periodontal disease.
The frequency of teeth cleanings each year is extremely important, and missing out on teeth cleanings can directly impact your dental health.
Prophylaxis is performed by our hygienist is performed to prevent the spread of bacteria that cause oral disease. This procedure includes the scrubbing, scaling, polishing, and debridement of the tooth using special tools only available at the dentist. Bacteria that remain on the tooth after brushing and flossing can quickly turn into plaque, which can then form tartar, the hard yellow or brown substance on the surface of the tooth that brushing and flossing is unable to scrub away. The only way to remove tartar before it causes the teeth and gums to become infected is with a deep cleaning using advanced techniques.
Our dentists at our Wappinger Falls/Poughkeepsie dental office are adamant that a professional dental cleaning can not only prevent the spread of bacteria, but can also prevent stains from setting in. Besides forming the dark colored tartar that can cause teeth to be discolored, bacteria can also eat away the enamel that is the outer protective layer of the tooth. When this enamel begins to become porous, the brownish dentin underneath can show through, creating and even more stained appearance.
Anyone who has not had a dental checkup in over six months is at risk of developing cavities and other dental problems. If you have not visited the dentist in a while or are beginning to see stains setting in, call our expert in dental cleaning in West Hollywood today to schedule you professional cleaning before it is too late.
Only if you have a pre-existing condition should you get your teeth cleaned more than every six months. While performing the procedure, they will be able to see if any area is showing signs of residual cleaning issues. The hygienist can recommend new or alternative cleaning methods, to ensure no teeth are susceptible to decay caused by insufficient cleaning practices. Ask you dentist about any food and drink habits you’re concerned could affect the health and appearance of your teeth.