What You Should Know About Dental Cleanings
By Mark A. Peterson DMD, PA
July 24, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Cleanings  

Making the time to visit your dentist twice a year for a cleaning might seem needless, especially if you're keeping up with your dental dental cleaningshygiene at home and you've always gotten a clean bill of health in the past. However, there are several reasons why you should continue to make twice-yearly dental visits to Sebastian River Dentistry in Sebastian, FL, a priority. Here are two main reasons to have regular visits with your dentist.

Deep cleaning

Even the most diligent of our Sebastian dental patients still have naturally-occurring bacteria in their mouths. When the bacteria mixes with food particles, plaque is formed. It can be easily removed with a daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine. But tartar, which is hardened plaque, can form in places where your toothbrush and floss might not reach, particularly below the gum line. This constant exposure to bacteria can put your teeth and gums at risk for serious problems. Staying current on your cleaning appointments with Dr. Peterson gives you the opportunity to have the plaque buildup cleared away, giving you a "fresh start" every six months!

Early detection

Most cavities develop without symptoms; it isn't usually until they're large and have started to cause discomfort that you may notice them. However, by visiting your Sebastian, FL, dentist twice a year, you'll have your teeth and gums professionally checked for any signs of problems. X-rays in particular are very useful for detecting small cavities that might otherwise go unnoticed. Dr. Peterson also uses the latest in dental technology to screen adult patients for abnormal cells that could indicate the presence of cancer or precancerous lesions.

If it's been awhile since you've visited a dentist, it's never too late to stop in! Call Sebastian River Dentistry in Sebastian, FL, to schedule your checkup with Dr. Mark Peterson today!