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Why Teeth Cleanings Are Important

When was the last time you went to the dentist's? If it's been a year or two -- or five -- it's time to schedule a teeth cleaning.

While most of us don't love going to the dentist, a professional cleaning is imperative for optimal oral health. Brushing, flossing, and healthy eating are essential, but a twice-yearly visit to your dentist at Westport Dental PC in Westport, MA, is a vital part of your oral wellness routine.

Why do I need teeth cleanings?

  • Cavity prevention and treatment: Brushing and flossing regularly and thoroughly, coupled with a healthy diet, are crucial for preventing the growth of bacteria and dental decay. An in-office cleaning heightens your protection from cavities, as we use high-power tools to provide the deepest possible cleaning and apply a fluoride treatment for long-lasting cavity prevention. If your dentist finds you already have a cavity, we can treat it with a filling before the decay becomes worse.
  • Plaque removal: Preventing tartar from forming in the first place is always the goal, but even the most diligent of brushers may experience some plaque buildup. Once plaque hardens, it can't be removed with your toothbrush alone. During your cleaning, your dentist at our Westport, MA, office will begin by using special metal tools to scrape away plaque along the gums and on and between the teeth. Lingering plaque can lead to decay and gum disease, so it is important not to go more than six months between dental cleanings and exams.
  • The appearance of your smile: A polishing at our office removes film and minor staining to reveal shiny, bright, whiter teeth. This is also an opportunity for your dentist to detect any damage or flaws in your teeth that require treatment or could benefit from cosmetic dentistry.

Keep up with your teeth cleanings at Westport Dental PC. Schedule an appointment with your dentist at our Westport, MA, office by calling 508-675-0561.

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