The standard recommendation is that you visit the dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning. There are good reasons why a professional dental cleaning is necessary in order to maintain optimal oral health.
Our dentists in San Fernando Valley recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day as part of your at-home oral hygiene regimen. The reason for doing this is to remove plaque from your mouth. The reason you want to remove plaque is because it is directly responsible for tooth decay. When the bacteria in plaque feed on the sugars in the foods that we eat, they create a harmful acid byproduct that causes tooth decay. When plaque is allowed to accumulate, it turns into tartar. Tartar not only provides a safe haven for these harmful bacteria, but it also can lead to issues such as gum disease if it gathers around the gumline. While we can remove plaque with proper oral hygiene at home, only a dental professional is able to remove tartar. And truth be told, it is simply not possible to effectively remove all of the plaque from spaces between the teeth and below the gumline. That is why a dental cleaning is so important, as the dentist is able to remove the plaque and tartar that we undoubtedly have missed during our home cleaning routine.
If it has been a while since your last dental cleaning, contact our dental cleaning dentist in San Fernando Valley to schedule an appointment.