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By DR. ROSANNE M. PALERMO
October 05, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Regular Cleanings  

Dr. Rosanne Palermo encourages you to keep up with scheduling regular teeth cleaning appointments at your family dentist in Erie, PA, twice a year. Regular teeth cleanings are important to keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking great!

Professional teeth cleaning appointments

During a regular tooth cleaning appointment, all plaque and tartar are removed from the surfaces of the teeth and your entire mouth is flossed. Plaque is sticky bacteria that builds upon the surfaces of the teeth, and if plaque isn't removed by regular brushing it hardens and forms into tartar. Tartar cannot be brushed away and must be removed by a dental professional. The bacteria in plaque and tartar can eat away at the enamel and cause a cavity, and also irritate the gums, and cause gum disease. Removing plaque and tartar protects you from tooth decay and gum disease, and helps keep your teeth free of stains.

Don't neglect your mouth

Your family dentist in Erie, PA, recommends regular teeth cleaning appointments every six months to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and to protect your investment in your smile. It's important to be examined twice a year because when you catch a cavity when it's still small, the tooth can be saved with a small filling. Cavities only get bigger without treatment and the more decay you have, the more involved and more expensive dental work will be to repair your tooth.

Regular teeth cleaning appointments twice a year are the basis of preventative care for patients of all ages, but sticking to a great oral hygiene routine at home is important, too. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. If you have a history of cavities you may want to add a fluoride rinse to your routine.

Dr. Rosanne Palermo is a family dentist in Erie, PA, and wants to see you twice a year for professional teeth cleaning appointments. A great oral hygiene routine at home and regular professional cleanings will protect your mouth and keep your smile beautiful. Contact us for an appointment at (814) 833-3001.