We may believe we are doing enough by brushing and flossing daily, especially if we're not noticing anything especially wrong with our smile. For a time this may be true, but eventually, we are likely to encounter a problem that could have been avoided. Regular dental cleanings and checkups can assist with keeping your teeth free from plaque, and also help prevent more serious dental conditions. Learn more by contacting your Newberg, OR, family dentist, Dr. Angela Toy of Arbor Hills Dental.
Plaque is made up of food particles, saliva, and other fluids and it clings daily to our teeth. The problem with plaque is the many colonies of bacteria that call it home and harm our teeth. They expel acids that damage the enamel on our teeth and the soft tissue of our gums.
Brushing and Flossing
Some of us are more prone to cavities than others and it typically has to do with the way saliva can wash away a portion of plaque. But, because of the way plaque holds onto our teeth, the most effective way for everyone to remove it is with daily brushing and flossing. Experts recommend brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once a day to remove as much of the plaque as possible.
How Cleanings Can Help
In spite of our diligence, there is often some plaque left in the harder-to-reach places. The minerals in our saliva can interact with the plaque that is not removed and create tartar as a result. Tartar cannot be removed at home through traditional means and requires coming into the office for a professional cleaning.
Professional dental cleanings in a dentist's office can round out all the work you do at home against plaque. But plaque is not all that can threaten your smile. A number of dental conditions can be prevented during the checkup. Your dentist examines your mouth for telltale signs of these problems so they may be treated via less invasive means than if they're allowed to progress.
Family Dentist in Newberg, OR
Cleanings and checkups are recommended bi-annually so that plaque can be kept under control and no dental conditions surprise you or your dentist. Don't stay away from the dentist for too long. Schedule an appointment today with your Newberg, OR, dentist, Dr. Toy of Arbor Hills Dental, by dialing (503) 538-2143.