This blog post from Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry in Los Altos CA focuses on professional teeth cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already brush and floss every day at home.
The answer is yes: both are important, because they work together to maintain your dental health. We encourage patients to practice preventative dentistry by:
- Brushing with a soft-bristled tooth brush and plenty of toothpaste. Don’t apply extra pressure, as this can damage your enamel.
- Flossing with traditional dental floss or dental tape. Floss picks, while good for on-the-go flossing, cannot be relied on to get all the plaque and food debris off your teeth and gums.
- Adhering to a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts for a higher chance at retaining all your natural enamel and keeping your teeth free of sticky sugars and damaging acids.
- Attending regular dental cleanings to maintain your oral health. Brushing and flossing, while great for maintenance, cannot do the work alone!
Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate, even when you brush and floss every day. When plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.
At Peninsula Center of Cosmetic Dentistry in Los Altos CA our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. People from Daly City, Milpitas, and Saratoga also come to our practice for dental implants. Contact us today!