The main reason for getting your teeth cleaned on a regular basis is to remove plaque buildup. Even if you are diligent about home care and brush and floss regularly, bacteria builds up in your mouth.
There are parts of your mouth that are very difficult to reach with a toothbrush or dental floss, particularly if your teeth a close together. A professional can do a much better job of cleaning those areas.
If you skip multiple dental cleanings, you give plaque the opportunity to turn into tartar, a mineral buildup that occurs above the gumline. Although plaque is a colorless film of bacteria you cannot see, it’s pretty easy to spot tartar. Once tartar has formed, the only way to remove it is by having your teeth professionally cleaned. Leaving tartar buildup puts you at a high risk for developing gum disease and receding gums.
Another reason not to skip multiple cleanings: Visiting the dentist on a regular basis gives you the opportunity to share any oral health issues you might be having. It also gives the dentist the opportunity to detect problems while they are still small and easier—and less expensive and invasive—to fix.
Don’t risk your oral health by skipping routine dental cleanings. Visit your dentist in Allentown, PA twice each year!