One of the best things that you can do for your smile is to keep up with your dentist-recommended schedule of professional cleanings. For most of us, this schedule is pretty easy to remember—you should see your dentist twice a year, every six months or so. There are some people who will need to their dentists more frequently due to ongoing oral health issues—your dental team will let you know if tis the case for you.
So why are these professional dental cleanings so important? Our Toluca Lake dentists explain:
They help you stay on top of plaque production
You already brush and floss your teeth at home in order to clear away newly developed plaque. Unfortunately, it is impossible for you to get rid of all of the plaque on your smile, and the plaque that sticks around actually calcifies onto your dental enamel. Using professional tools and techniques our dental team will give your smile a clean slate during your semi-annual cleaning.
Our team screens your smile
Another reason to maintain a set schedule of professional cleanings is so that our dental team can recognize oral health issues in their earliest stages. During every appointment our team will scan your mouth for signs of developing cavities or gum disease. We’ll also complete an oral cancer screening during your appointment. Staying up to date on your semi-annual appointments increases the likelihood that you’ll be able to treat emerging dental issues before they become severe.
We can perform simple preventive treatments
Regularly schedule appointments give our dental team opportunities to complete simple, yet very important, preventive treatments that can help preserve your smile. For example, our team can apply sealants to areas of your tooth that may be at risk of developing cavities. These sealants form a barrier over your natural enamel and help prevent bacteria from infiltrating your dental structure.
If it has been a long time since you have been in for a dental cleaning, now is the perfect time to get back on track! Call our Toluca Lake dentists to schedule an appointment!