You finally have a relatively open day, which you’re thankful for because your car desperately needs to be washed. It’s been months, and it’s starting to look like you go off-roading on your way to and from the office. You turn on the hose and watch the water cascade down the side, revealing the brilliant paint. Cleaning your car is an important part of keeping it running well, so it’s a good idea to do it regularly. The same can be said for your teeth. You might think that you are cleaning your teeth every day, but actually there is more to it. Dr. Aly Elgeddawi and Dr. Hisham Barakat want you to know why professional dental cleanings in Fairfax, VA are so important for your teeth.
Brushing is Not Enough
Tooth decay, also known as a cavity, occurs when the bacterial plaque on your teeth has eaten through and damaged your enamel. Brushing and flossing each night is intended to breakup and clean away this plaque, allowing your teeth to stay healthy. The bulk of your dental care is actually done at home, and this simple routine is the best thing you can do to keep your teeth strong over the long-term.
Unfortunately, it’s still not enough.
Your teeth are actually very complicated structures with many tiny crevices. This is especially true for the back teeth. They are intended to help you breakdown food when you chew, but often times plaque and bacteria can build up there and cause tooth decay. You simply can’t reach these areas with your brush and floss. This is the kind of situation only a professional cleaning from your dentist in 22031 can help.
How Dental Cleanings Help
A professional cleaning at Mosaic Smiles is the most reliable way to clean the trouble spots in your mouth and prevent tooth decay. Our team has the tools and training to clean your mouth on a level you simply can’t at home.
First, a very sophisticated electric brush coated with a fluoride toothpaste is used to clean the plaque off of the large surfaces of your teeth. Then, specialized tools will be used to clean the areas of the mouth that are hard to reach. These areas usually include small spaces between the teeth, tiny crevices on the back teeth, and areas below the gum line. These are often hotspots for tooth decay because people miss them every day while brushing and flossing. Afterward, you will be given a fluoride treatment to help strengthen your teeth. The best part of a dental cleaning is running your tongue across them and feeling the difference. They’ll be as smooth as porcelain.
Dental cleanings also go a long way in maintaining the appearance of your smile. It is able to clean away anything that could stain your teeth or break them down and change their look.
It’s recommended that you get a professional cleaning at least twice a year to get the optimum results. It is part of your normal check-up and only takes about half-an hour. You can spare an hour over the course of the year to keep your smile healthy and beautiful the whole time, right? If you have any questions about dental cleanings and how they can help you, please give us a call today.