Make Professional Teeth Cleanings Part of Your Routine

By Michael S. Tosatti, D.M.D.
August 07, 2018
Category: Oral health

Teeth CleaningsWhat your dentists in Berlin want you to know

If you are practicing excellent oral hygiene at home good for you! You’ve taken an important step in ensuring you enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile for life. The truth is you can’t take care of your smile all by yourself. You need to make professional teeth cleanings part of your routine. Dr. Michael Tosatti and Dr. Samantha Matus in Berlin, CT, want to share why professional teeth cleanings are important to you and your smile.

Dental problems are caused by plaque which contains millions of microscopic bacteria. These bacteria produce materials which are toxic to your gums, teeth, and supporting bone. When you brush and floss to remove the plaque, you are doing a lot to prevent damage from bacterial plaque.

Brushing and flossing can take care of the soft deposits (plaque) clinging to your teeth, but you also will have hard deposits (calculus or tartar) which must be removed by a professional teeth cleaning. Hard deposits, along with stains and other debris, form a rough surface on which plaque can thrive.

During a professional teeth cleaning appointment, your dental professional will remove the hard and soft deposits using hand tools and ultrasonic devices. As a final step, your teeth will be polished to a brilliant shine.

Along with cleaning and polishing your teeth, your dental professional will record the health of your gums, noting any inflammation, bleeding, or loss of soft tissue attachment. The baseline data forms a vital foundation for monitoring the health of your smile at later appointments.

Another important part of the professional teeth cleaning appointment is education. Your dental professional will provide you with all of the latest information and tools so you can keep your smile healthy at home.

You should plan on having your teeth professionally cleaned once every 6 months or once every 3 to 4 months if you have gum or periodontal disease. At least once each year, your cleaning appointment may be combined with a thorough dental examination and x-rays to make sure you aren’t developing any dental problems.

Professional teeth cleanings should become an important part of your routine, so schedule them regularly. Just pick up the phone and call Dr. Tosatti and Dr. Matus in Berlin, CT. Call today and take care of your smile!

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