Brushing and flossing daily is an essential component of a healthy smile. For those hard-to-reach areas of the mouth, however, professional cleanings are necessary to remove the hardened deposits that cannot be removed by brushing alone.
A visit to a dental hygienist for a routine cleaning should occur once every 6 months and will involve cleaning along the gum line and the removal of plaque. We will also clean those hard-to-reach spots in your mouth where bacteria tend to dwell. These cleanings involve the removal of tartar, which is mineralized plaque that develops regardless of careful brushing and flossing. During the cleaning process, we use various instruments to help loosen such deposits so that they can be removed, resulting in a cleaner and healthier mouth.
Between cleanings, proactively rinse with mouthwash, use dental floss, and brush twice daily. This will prevent any additional build up of plaque and keep your smile healthy and sparkling.