Dental cleanings, a preventive care service provided by your Newberg, OR, dentist, Dr. Angela Toy of Arbor Hills Dental, are an important aspect of good oral health. Read on to learn how visiting the dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup can help you avoid tooth decay and gum disease!
Cavity-causing plaque lurks in hard-to-reach spots
Plaque buildup is a huge factor in tooth decay. The longer this colorless, sticky film remains on your teeth, the greater the chance that it will begin to attack your tooth enamel and possibly cause a cavity.
Brushing twice daily and flossing every day are simple ways to get rid of plaque, but it can still linger if you don't brush thoroughly or if plaque collects between overlapping teeth or other areas that you can't reach with toothbrush bristles or dental floss.
Fortunately, every speck of plaque will be removed during your dental cleaning. If it's difficult for you to remove plaque from your teeth completely, your dentist may recommend a few oral hygiene tips or suggest more frequent dental cleanings.
Tartar can't be removed at home
Plaque eventually turns into tartar, a hard deposit that can't be removed by brushing. If you have tartar, you'll notice a gray or brown film at the bottom of your teeth. Although you can't see it, tartar can also extend under your gums.
If tartar isn't removed regularly, it may begin to damage your gums or bones. Luckily, your Newberg dentist has special tools that remove tartar from teeth. If you have gum disease, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning to remove tartar and plaque above and below the gum line.
Cleanings may improve the appearance of teeth
Have you noticed that your teeth look and feel better than ever after a cleaning? In addition to removing plaque and tartar, cleaning also removes surface stains that can make your teeth look a little dull.
Has it been too long since your last dental cleaning? Regular cleanings and checkups offer a simple way to protect your smile. Call your Newberg, OR, dentist, Dr. Angela Toy of Arbor Hills Dental, at (503) 538-2143 to schedule your appointment!