Professional teeth cleanings are an essential part of maintaining a whole healthy smile. Even the most thorough at-home hygiene plan can miss some of the harder to reach parts of teeth. In fact, many patients we see have crevices in teeth so narrow that even a single tooth brush bristle can’t access them. However, hundreds or thousands of bacteria can get inside these crevices and create sticky, acidic plaque that lead to tooth decay and gum disease. That’s where six month teeth cleanings come into play. You may hear professional teeth cleaning is referred to as prophylaxis or prophy. This is a thorough, deep cleaning of every surface of teeth. As our skilled hygienist carefully removes plaque and tartar buildup, they will also be looking for signs of gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease. There are numerous benefits to professional teeth cleaning including:
- Removal of plaque and tartar from hard to access areas. It’s especially important to visit our office regularly so we can remove any tartar as this calcified plaque cannot be removed with at-home hygiene.
- Improved oral health and reduced risk for tooth decay and gum disease.
- Improved breath, especially for those patients who suffer from dry mouth.
If it’s been more than six months since your last dental checkup and teeth cleaning, contact Dr. Laura Torrado and her dedicated Manhattan dental team to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to seeing you in our conveniently located Central Park South dental office.