Even if you take time to brush and floss properly each day, you need to see us for a routine dental cleaning every six months. Otherwise, plaque and tartar could lead to poor oral health and impaired smile esthetics. But your Shrewsbury, MA, dentist can help protect your smile with a routine dental cleaning!
The Risks of Plaque and Tartar
Plaque buildup, which hardens into tartar with time, is created when harmful oral bacteria consume the particles of sugar and starch left behind by the foods and drinks we’ve consumed. This creates higher levels of oral acidity and coats the teeth in a sticky layer of plaque. The buildup will grow more severe with time, and is linked to not only stained teeth and bad breath, but tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing can limit the severity of the buildup, but only a dental cleaning can remove the layers completely and protect your smile!
The Dental Cleaning
Our team recommends a dental cleaning as part of your six-month checkup, which should happen twice a year. This is not only for adults and seniors, but kids starting at around age two. The procedure involves our team using an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual pick to thoroughly (but gently) remove all plaque and tartar deposits from the teeth and along the gum line. The procedure only takes a short period to complete. Our team then polishes the teeth, which helps them appear brighter but also makes it more difficult for plaque and tartar to accumulate on them in the future. These routine visits keep smiles healthy and allow us to identify any problems in the early stages, often before you develop discomfort!
Protecting Smiles from Home
You should also take action to protect your smiles from home. Our team recommends starting your day by brushing your teeth for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, and then doing the same in the evening. You also need to floss to remove particles trapped between the teeth and along the gum line, and should do this in the evening before you brush the second time. Reducing your consumption of sugary and starchy foods and drinks is helpful too, as is attending our six-month appointments.
If you have any questions about how our team protects your smile with a routine dental cleaning, then contact our team today to learn more.
Speak With Your Shrewsbury/Grafton, MA Dentist’s Office About Dental Cleanings
Our team is eager to help you enjoy your best smile this summer. If you would like to find out more about how we protect the overall health and beauty of your smile, please reach out to Modern Dentistry Of Shrewsbury at (508) 842-8838.