Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to avoid serious oral health problems, such as cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day are two important first steps in this effort. But more is required than just daily brushing and flossing.
Any time you eat or drink, plaque gets on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that consists of sugars and bacteria. This bacteria eats the sugars and produces acid, which weakens and erodes the enamel of your teeth, eventually leading to tooth decay. Though brushing and flossing remove plaque, it is very difficult to remove all the plaque in your mouth. Plaque that is not washed away turns into tartar. Tartar is, essentially, plaque that has hardened, and it cannot be cleaned off by regular brushing. The only way to remove tartar is through a professional dental cleaning. For this reason, no matter how thorough your at-home oral hygiene regime is, our expert in dental cleaning in Hollywood recommends that everyone receive a professional cleaning every six months.
If it has been more than six months since your last professional teeth cleaning, contact our Hollywood dentist to schedule an appointment.