Regular teeth cleaning by a professional hygienist is an essential part of dental health. Those of us at Expressions Dental Care in Reston urge our patients to have regular cleanings and checkups every six months.
You might think six-month cleanings aren’t all that important. After all, you brush and floss twice a day. But a toothbrush and floss can’t do it all. The most thorough home care won’t prevent plaque buildup, especially in those hard-to-reach places.
Plaque is a film that covers teeth – a sticky layer of bacteria. Daily brushing and flossing gets most of it. What remains can build up and harden into tartar.
Tartar is hardened plaque, and regular check-ups and cleanings are necessary to remove it. Plaque and tarter can both lead to cavities.
A cavity is basically a hole in the tooth caused by decay. Because plaque and tartar contain bacteria, the bacteria release acids which accelerate tooth decay and eventually lead to more cavities.
A professional cleaning removes all of the tartar and plaque from your teeth. It’s a quick and painless procedure, done with fine hand tools, and the cleaning alone makes your visit worthwhile. But the hygienist also inspects your gums for any signs of inflammation, and early indicator of gum disease.
Finally, your teeth are polished with a gritty paste that will leave your teeth smooth and shiny.
Call Expressions Dental Care in Reston to schedule a professional teeth cleaning and checkup. We also provide cosmetic and restorative dentistry.
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