If it’s been a year or longer since you’ve seen a dentist, it's time to make an appointment. In fact, it’s recommended to have a professional dental cleaning every 6 months! The unfortunate truth is that many adults forgo or prolong dental visits, often waiting until experiencing a dental emergency. Professional cleanings are a necessary compliment to a solid daily dental care routine that includes brushing and flossing. Professional cleanings remove plaque, tartar and are instrumental for cleaning areas of the mouth that are hard-to-reach. Here are 5 reasons you need a dental cleaning!
Daily brushing at home doesn’t substitute for a professional dental cleaning
A manual toothbrush simply doesn’t remove all of the plaque and tartar that a professional dental cleaning can, even if plaque buildup is not visible. Keep in mind that even the most meticulous brushing and flossing won’t remove all of the natural plaque buildup between the teeth, around the base of the teeth, and around and under the gums.
You don’t always see buildup
Plaque is a sticky film that is not always visible to the naked eye, which eventually hardens on the surfaces of the teeth in the form of tartar (also known as calculus). Hard-to-reach areas between the teeth, tooth crevices and on the back or sides of the teeth require a professional cleaning.
You probably aren’t brushing and flossing as well as you think
Unfortunately many people don’t practice dental care 100%. Most common dental care mistakes include skipping flossing, not brushing long enough or skipping brushing all together. Even with the best at-home dental care, professional cleanings are important for maintaining dental health.
Tartar can only be removed professionally
Hardened tartar is often most visible around the gum line or base of the teeth, on the backs of the teeth, in the crevices between teeth, and on the front surfaces of the teeth. Once tartar has formed on the teeth a dentist must use special tools to remove the buildup. If it’s been some time since your last dental cleaning or there is a great amount of tartar buildup the dentist will likely recommend a deep cleaning.