Good oral hygiene or home care is the first line of defense against oral diseases. This care involves brushing twice and flossing daily, and using an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse your mouth. Although at-home dental care is vital, it isn’t sufficient for all-rounded dental care. Semiannual dental cleanings from a dentist are crucial in plaque and tartar removal to prevent or stop the progression of gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.
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Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. When eating, you leave sugars in your mouth, which acts as food for the bacteria. As the bacteria feed on the food particles, they form plaque, from where they produce acidic substances that erode your enamel to cause cavities. Plaque also results in bad breath and robs your smile of its youthful luster.
Plaque is removed by brushing and flossing your teeth. However, when you slack in your oral hygiene, plaque hardens into tartar within 48 hours. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist and is the leading cause of periodontal disease.
Although you practice near-perfect oral hygiene, plaque may form in the hard-to-reach areas of your mouth, especially the back teeth. Dental cleanings help remove tartar and plaque beneath your gum line, between teeth, and other “tight” spots in your mouth.
Our dental team uses a scaler to scrape away dental calculus from your mouth. We then floss and polish your teeth to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Before you leave, we educate you on how to prevent plaque and tartar.
To keep plaque in check, you should:
At Balboa Island Dentistry, we want you to get ahead of your oral health with preventive dentistry. So, call us at (949) 673-7820 and let us take care of your smile.