Getting your dental cleanings as scheduled is one of the most important things that you can do for your dental health. During the cleaning the dentist will look at all your teeth and gums to try and spot developing problems so that they can get ahead of them. If he notices any cavities or development of plaque he will take the necessary steps to make sure that they are contained.

One commonly asked question is – if I brush, floss and use mouthwash on a regular basis why do I need to see a dentist for a dental cleaning? While all these things are incredibly effective at eliminating little food particles from your teeth, there are microscopic bits that they cannot get to. Using specialized tools a dentist is able to get to hard to reach places and get rid of any developing bacteria.

You may be tempted to skip a dental cleaning appointment if you feel that your teeth are doing okay. You shouldn’t, and here is why – many dental problems are not visible to the naked eye in the mirror. While everything may look great, there could be serious issues lurking in places that you cannot see. That is where the dentists expertise comes in – he has been trained to spot and deal with problems that you are not able to see yourself. Make sure that you keep your appointments as scheduled by your dental hygienist.

Dental hygiene and cleanings are just as important for children as they are for adults. If you want your children to have good, string teeth as grownups you should start them early. Make sure that they brush after meals and that they see their dentist on a regular basis. If they are at risk of dental cavities you can have their molars capped with a special sealant.