Outstanding oral health depends on adequate daily oral hygiene care, as well as routine visits to the dental clinic for professional cleanings.
An at-home oral care routine should consist of brushing twice daily for at least 120 seconds (two minutes) each time, as well as flossing at least once every day to ensure the health of your gums. Brushing alone does not clean or reach in between the teeth, so if you aren't flossing as well, only a portion of your teeth is being cleaned!
Be sure to attend every routine check-up and cleaning visit with your dentist and hygienist (recommended every 6 months or as necessary).
When someone comes in for a dental cleaning, the hygienist will use special instruments designed to scrape away bacteria buildup referred to as plaque and/or tartar, and to polish the teeth and leave them smooth. This type of cleaning cannot be achieved at home with brushing and flossing alone, and requires a professional using the appropriate tools. Without interval cleanings, a patient becomes more susceptible for gum disease and tooth decay the longer they go without. This is enough reason to never skip an appointment!
Is it time for a cleaning with the hygienist? We'd be happy to hear from you. Book an appointment at our dental clinic in Thornhill today!