Why Cleanings and Exams? - Transcript

Regular cleanings and x-rays are part of my dental benefits. But what’s involved with a teeth cleaning, and why are regular cleanings important?

Regular teeth cleanings remove harmful plaque, tartar and stains, leaving gums and teeth healthier. These cleanings are typically performed by the hygienist at your dentist office and may be done about every six months or more often if your dentist recommends it.

At the time of your visit, the buildup of any plaque that may be present, will be removed. Your teeth will be polished to remove stains and then flossed.

Regular cleanings are important so that plaque does not build up on your teeth. When plaque builds up on your teeth, it will form tartar or calculus which attracts more plaque. A buildup of tartar may cause your gums to recede, which may expose the roots of your teeth, causing them to become sensitive and loose and therefore causing potential tooth loss. So, regular cleanings are a very important part of maintaining your dental health and your teeth.


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