Dental Cleaning An Overview
Baltimore-area family dentist Dr. Byron Desbordes offers comprehensive preventive dental care, including professional dental cleanings with a registered dental hygienist. We recommend that you visit with us twice a year for an oral teeth cleaning and exam to keep your smile healthy and provide the opportunity to spot developing problems in the early stages.
A professional dental cleaning goes beyond what your at-home routine can accomplish, thoroughly removing tartar and plaque from all surfaces of the teeth to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Flossing is an essential part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Flossing should be combined with brushing and rinsing for a complete oral hygiene routine. The goal of your oral hygiene routine is to thoroughly clean your teeth and gums.
Baltimore dentist Dr. Byron Desbordes recommends that you incorporate flossing into your normal oral hygiene routine. Preventive dental care can help patients avoid complex dental problems like gum disease, tooth decay, and cavities. Performing your normal oral hygiene routine is considered at-home preventive dental care.
Benefits of Flossing
- Flossing helps prevent plaque build-up. Flossing helps remove debris, food, and plaque from between the teeth. If left unaddressed, plaque will harden into tartar which can only be removed by a highly trained professional.
- Flossing helps reduce your risk of developing gum disease. If the bacteria in plaque reaches the gum line, patients may begin to show signs of gum disease. Gum disease is an inflammation and infection of the gums that can compromise the overall health of the teeth, gums, and jaw bone structure.
- Flossing helps prevent bad breath. When food and debris are not removed, it can cause bad breath. Daily flossing can help keep the breath fresh and remove debris from between the teeth.
- Flossing completes your oral hygiene routine. Brushing alone is not enough to clean the teeth. Flossing helps remove plaque and debris that brushing cannot reach.