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By Dr. Melissa Smith
June 04, 2018
Category: Oral Care

You probably know the basics of living a healthy life: eating right, exercising regularly, and staying active. However, your oral health is an dental cleaningsoften-overlooked facet of your overall health. While brushing and flossing your teeth may seem like enough, realistically, it is only half of what it takes to truly maintain your smile. Find out the importance of professional dental cleanings and how they benefit your smile with Dr. Melissa Smith in St. Peters, MO.

Why are professional dental cleanings important? 
Teeth decay occurs in stages. During its early stages, teeth decay is simply bacteria which clings to the teeth and is removed by brushing and flossing. However, bacteria which is allowed to remain on the teeth build up, forming a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque eventually hardens into tartar, which only a professional cleaning can remove. Removing these substances from the teeth stops the decay from eating through the tooth to form a cavity, stopping it in its tracks.

How can I maintain my smile? 
Brushing twice daily with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste and flossing between every tooth at least once keeps your teeth healthy on a day-to-day basis. However, seeing your dentist at least twice a year completes the equation for keeping your smile free from teeth decay and gum disease on a long-term basis. These routine visits also ensure that any issues which require dental procedures, such as cavities, receive the care they require early when less invasive options are enough to handle the situation.

Professional Dental Examinations and Cleanings in St. Peters, MO
During your examination and cleaning, your dentist will visually inspect your teeth, oral tissues like gums and tongue to ensure there are no obvious abnormalities or problems. The examination is your time to address any questions or concerns you have about your smile. Your dentist may perform short procedures like dental fillings during your appointment if necessary, but will probably schedule a separate appointment for more in-depth procedures. A dental hygienist will use hands-on methods and specialized tools to clean each tooth and remove any plaque or tartar. The hygienist will make special appointments to clean under the gums to prevent gum disease.

For more information on dental examinations and cleanings, please contact Dr. Melissa Smith in St. Peters, MO. Call (636) 447-6060 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Smith today!

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