Causeway Dentistry

Why do I need a dental cleaning if I brush and floss?

This is a question we hear a lot, and the answer is that you need a professional cleaning because your brush and floss only do part of the job. It’s great that you’re proactive with oral hygiene at home, but your cleanest smile is only possible with the help of a dental hygienist.

A Clean Smile Takes a Team Effort

No matter how well you brush and floss, you can’t remove every trace of cavity-causing plaque from all tooth surfaces, like between teeth. You also can’t remove tartar, which is hardened plaque that only your hygienist can remove using specialized instruments. 

Another benefit of these preventive appointments is the opportunity to ask any questions you have about oral hygiene or dental care in general. Our hygienist is very knowledgeable and friendly and will be happy to provide the information you need.

Dental cleanings are also critical because they allow us to look for signs of gum disease. If your gums are swollen or bleed when you brush, you might have gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. At this stage, gum disease is reversible with a thorough teeth cleaning and improved brushing and flossing on your part. 

Schedule a Teeth Cleaning in Clearwater, FL

We recommend teeth cleanings and exams every six months because seeing you routinely allows us to stay a step ahead of cavities and gum disease. If you’re due for your next cleaning, please call Causeway Dentistry to schedule an appointment.

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