Having great oral hygiene at home is great, however, that will not prevent plaque and tartar build up. With daily brushing and flossing, harmful bacteria still grows in your mouth and it needs to be removed by a dental professional. Dental cleanings are a necessary step in keeping your mouth free of gingivitis and gum disease.

Your dentist and hygienist tag team your teeth by using tools to break up the plaque, restore your smile and protect your teeth in four easy steps:

1. The dentist will examine your mouth to check for cavities, sensitivities and changes in your gums.

2. An ultrasonic scaler blasts water on your teeth gently removing debris trapped in between.

3. A buffer is placed on each tooth to polish and remove minor stains. Plus, having a smooth surface keeps oral bacteria from penetrating your teeth causing erosion.

4. A gel or foam is placed in between teeth to strengthen the enamel and protect against tooth decay.

Most people can tolerate the easy tooth cleaning process; your comfort is key; if you are worried about mild discomfort don’t cancel your appointment, explain your worries and see what procedures are in place to calm.

Now that your cleaning is complete schedule your next cleaning, typically you’ll want see your dentist every 6 months.

Two visits a year is the best action plan for keeping a healthy happy mouth.

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