Skyview Dental

Why do I need teeth cleanings if I brush and floss at home?

At-home oral hygiene is crucial, and we also recommend following up with professional teeth cleanings at our Moses Lake dental office. Brushing and flossing removes a lot of plaque and helps prevent cavities and gum disease. But it can’t remove every trace, which is why professional cleanings with a hygienist are so important.

Only a Hygienist Can Remove Tartar

When plaque collects on your teeth, it gradually turns into a hard substance called tartar or calculus. Tartar is impossible to remove with a toothbrush and floss and requires the skill of a dental hygienist who uses specialized instruments designed for the job.

Stay a Step ahead of Gum Disease

During your cleanings, your hygienist will also check for signs of gum disease or gingivitis and plan treatment to eliminate it if necessary. Untreated gum disease damages the structures that support your teeth, which can cause them to become loose.

We recommend preventive cleanings every six months so we can stay a step ahead of gum disease and protect your teeth and gums.

Is It Time for Your Next Teeth Cleaning?

Our dental hygienist is very gentle and thorough and enjoys helping our patients achieve and maintain healthy smiles. If you are due for your next six-month cleaning, please call our Moses Lake, WA dental office to schedule an appointment.

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