A regular dental cleaning and exam by a dentist is imperative to ensure proper oral health. While daily brushing and flossing removes the bacteria and food particles – missing twice-yearly appointments with your dentist could put you at risk for both tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Plaque that is not removed from teeth with a toothbrush or floss can turn into calculus (tartar). This is a hard deposit that is very hard to remove with the standard toothbrush and usually forms in a hard-to-reach area where brushing cannot be as thorough. When the softer dental plaque is not removed it builds up and hardens turning into calculus.
The calculus sticks to the teeth so strongly it is impossible to remove with brushing and flossing alone. Dentists use a special tool called a scaler to remove plaque. Keeping calculus from forming is ideal, however, it is does, it is imperative it is removed by a dentist to reduce the risk of dental disease.
Other factors, such as heredity and diet play a role as well, however the most important thing you can do for your oral health is to maintain a regular dental hygiene routine and see your dentist at least twice a year. Protect your teeth and gums! You will be glad you did.
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