It is recommended that everyone visit the dentist at least twice a year or at least every six months. This visit will typically include a dental exam and a professional dental cleaning. A cleaning can be done by a dentist or an oral hygienist. Many people think that because they do such a great job brushing and flossing their teeth that they do not need to attend a professional cleaning. Unfortunately, these people are wrong. A routine dental cleaning is about more than just cleaning an area that you already do twice a day (or at least we hope you brush and floss at least twice a day). A cleaning involves removing buildup that you cannot remove on your own and cleaning areas that you may not be able to reach. Cleanings also give you a chance to learn about potential issues with your smile or with your hygiene routine.
Removing Calcified Buildup
Plaque is the sticky substance filled with bacteria that builds up on the surfaces of your teeth. Plaque can be removed during brushing and flossing. If plaque is not removed, however, it will harden into what is known as tartar (also known as dental calculus). Tartar can be safely removed during a dental cleaning by someone who is trained to do so and someone who has the necessary tools. Tartar cannot safely be removed at home. There are more “solutions” on the internet about removing tartar, but attempting to remove tartar at home can be dangerous to your smile. Hardened calculus is responsible for tooth decay, so removing it during a routine dental cleaning is a great way to prevent a cavity or tooth decay from happening.
During a cleaning, your dentist or hygienist can identify your hygiene habits. For example, if you are missing one section of your teeth consistently when you brush, it can be seen. Not only can the issues be identified, but the professionals can give you tips on how to improve your hygiene and prevent any oral health issues.
Cleanings keep your smile healthy
Dental cleanings should be done at least every six months. To schedule a consultation, contact us at our Lafayette, LA, dentist’s office at 337-237-6453. We proudly serve patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities.