If I brush my teeth every day, do I really need a professional cleaning?
While we applaud your commitment to good home care, routine check-ups and cleanings at our St. Augustine dental practice are still a crucial part of your preventive care plan.
Even with the proper brush and good technique, you are bound to miss areas. This isn't your fault; it's just the way teeth are. Teeth have all kinds of little nooks and crannies, including the spaces between your teeth and just below your gumline, where your brush and floss can't reach very well. Unfortunately, bacteria love to set up shop there. As the plaque remains in place, it eventually hardens into tartar, which can only be removed with professional instruments.
Our hygienists are highly skilled and will take the time to carefully examine each tooth and gently but thoroughly remove all the traces of plaque and tartar from your teeth that brushing and flossing have left behind. These cleanings are vital for preventing both cavities and gum disease.
These appointments are also important because they are the perfect opportunity for your hygienist to review your home care routine and make sure you are getting the most out of it. Hygienists also know what to watch for and will alert Dr. Haeussner to the presence of any symptoms of gum disease so that this can be addressed promptly.
Is it time for a cleaning? Most people should have a professional cleaning at least twice a year. Call us today to schedule yours. If you are a snowbird and regularly see a dentist up north during the summer months, call our office to get your second yearly cleaning during winter. We are happy to coordinate care with your northern dentist.