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Why You Should Get Your Teeth Cleaned Every 6 Months

June 29, 2022
Posted By: Antelope Creek Family Dentistry
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Antelope Creek Family Dentistry is committed to helping you attain optimal oral health and wellness. Our dental offices across Lincoln, NE offer comprehensive dental care to prevent and eliminate tooth decay, gum disease, oral infections, oral cancers, and more. One of the many preventive services we provide is routine dental check-ups, including an oral health exam and teeth cleaning to remove plaque buildup and freshen up your smile. 

What Is Plaque and How Does It Affect Teeth?

Plaque is a sticky, colorless biofilm that collects on our teeth over time from the food and beverages we consume. Plaque buildup turns into tartar, also called calculus. Dental tartar is hard, calcified deposits that form on the teeth and gums.

If plaque isn’t regularly removed through daily brushing and flossing, it hardens and becomes tartar within 24 to 72 hours. Tartar buildup can lead to cavities, bad breath, and gum disease. Because tartar strongly bonds to dental enamel, only a dental professional can remove it.  

Why Are Routine Dental Cleanings Important?

Our dentists in Lincoln, NE care about your oral and general health, which is why we encourage patients to practice excellent oral hygiene at home and receive routine dental exams and cleanings. We usually recommend coming in every six months for check-ups and cleanings so we can keep a watchful eye on your teeth, gums, jawbones, and other oral structures and tissues. 

Your teeth can collect a lot of plaque in six months, and our hygienists can thoroughly remove the plaque and give you a cleaner, fresher smile. Our hygienists also do fluoride treatments for extra protection against cavities. Bi-annual teeth cleanings clear away plaque and bacteria and reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. However, some patients may need more frequent dental cleanings, depending on their needs and gum health.

Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning in Lincoln, NE 

Even if you’re a diligent brusher and your teeth look spotless, you still need professional dental cleanings. Whether it’s been years since your last visit or it’s only been a few months, please get in touch with us today to schedule your dental cleaning with our team at Antelope Creek Family Dentistry.

We have three conveniently located dental offices in Lincoln, and we offer an in-house membership plan that includes discounts on dental exams, teeth cleanings, and more. If you have any questions about our services, locations, or discounts, don't hesitate to give us a call!   

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