The Importance of Dental Cleanings
By Mark A. Peterson DMD, PA
February 16, 2021
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Dental Cleanings  

We all lead busy lives so when the time comes for our scheduled dentist's appointment we might convince ourselves to skip them if we're doing a good job of cleaning our teeth on our own. But a good dental hygiene regimen, however thorough, is simply not complete without regular visits to your dentist's office for a dental cleaning and accompanying checkup. If you would like to learn more get in contact with your Sebastian, FL, dentist Dr. Mark Peterson of Sebastian River Dentistry.


Understanding Plaque

The sticky substance that we find clinging to our teeth every morning called plaque. It is made up of several bacteria that produce the acids that damage our teeth and our gums as they feed on the sugars we consume.

This is why it's so important to brush our teeth twice a day and floss at least once, it helps keep the plaque buildup under control.

But some plaque usually remains in the harder to reach spaces, like right along the gum line, or in between teeth if you suffer from spacing problems. Because of the minerals in our saliva, this leftover plaque can harden into tartar, which makes it much more difficult to remove on your own.


How Your Dentist Can Help

A biannual checkup is recommended for most, and it's during the dental cleaning phase that a professional can remove all the leftover plaque and tartar.

Coupled with good hygiene habits at home regular dental cleanings can help you prevent problems like cavities and gum disease.

Alongside the dental cleaning is the very important checkup portion of your visit. Your dentist examines your teeth and can help predict, prevent, and plan against common dental problems, and do so before they become major complications.


Dental Cleanings in Sebastian, FL

Don't go too long without a visit, schedule your appointment today with Dr. Peterson of Sebastian River Dentistry in Sebastian, FL, by dialing (772) 388-3119.