Why You Shouldn't Neglect Regular Dental Cleanings
By Mark A. Peterson DMD, PA
January 18, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Think your smile is healthy enough that you don’t need to come in for routine care? Think again!

If you brush and floss your teeth as you are supposed to perhaps you think that your smile couldn’t require a dental cleaning, right? dental visitsWrong! No matter how well you brush or floss this never takes the place of professional dental cleanings every six months. Find out why you should be seeing our Sebastian, FL dentist, Dr. Mark Peterson regularly.

While you may wonder if it’s really necessary to see a dentist every six months it truly is. In fact, some people may need to see our Sebastian dentist more often if they are at a higher risk for gum disease or decay. Those who are older, consume a lot of sugar or smoke may want to come in more regularly to have teeth thoroughly cleaned.

By seeing us regularly we are able to catch issues early on when they are much easier to treat and don’t require extensive treatments. Plus, through these cleanings, we can remove plaque buildup that you may have missed and tartar, which cannot be removed with a regular at-home toothbrush. But we have the tools for the job! If tartar remains on teeth for too long it can irritate gums and lead to gum disease.

Of course, just because you come in every six months to our Sebastian dental office doesn’t mean you can slack with your personal oral care routine. How you care for your teeth each and every day is so very important. You should be brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day before bedtime. Stay away from sweets or processed foods, which can increase bacteria and erode healthy enamel. Talk to us about products you should use to help protect healthy teeth and gums between visits.

Do you need to schedule your next dental appointment? It’s never too late to get the professional dental care you need. Call Sebastian River Dentistry in Sebastian, FL today.