Dental Hygiene in Columbia, TN
At each dental checkup our patients attend, one of our skilled hygienists will show you how to effectively brush and floss. You’ll learn how to correctly hold the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums, how to brush all the surfaces of your teeth and how to floss properly, so you can remove the bacteria-laden plaque that builds up between your teeth all day, every day.
We trust that you perform this regular oral hygiene routine at least twice a day. And while this is critical to maintaining optimal oral health, it’s simply not enough. Professional dental hygiene in Columbia, TN, from the dentists and their team at Beck Dental Care is another important component.
Removing Plaque and Tartar
Dr. Beck and Dr. Hart recommend that each member of your family who is older than four or five years old have an appointment for professional hygiene at least twice each year. Teeth cleaning is also known as prophylaxis, which is actually any treatment that helps to prevent disease. And that’s exactly what a professional cleaning does. On the surface, dental hygiene is our chance to clean and polish your teeth. The special instruments we use even allow us to remove some stains from the enamel surface of your teeth. In addition, however, these appointments are when we also remove plaque and tartar.
Plaque is that sticky, colorless biofilm that accumulates in everyone’s mouth throughout the day. Tartar is mineralized, or hardened, plaque. Both of these can threaten the health of your teeth and gums because of the bacteria they contain. And while you should be able to remove plaque at home with your regular oral hygiene care, tartar must be removed with special instruments called periodontal scalers and curettes. With these tools, our hygienists gently loosen and remove tartar.
Professional Teeth Cleanings
Ultimately, having your teeth cleaned regularly in our Columbia, TN, dental office can help your avoid gum disease; both plaque and tartar can lead to this bacterial infection, which may not only harm your oral health but your general health, too. Significant research supports a link between gum disease and stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, dementia and other bodily illnesses and diseases. Finally, a professional dental cleaning will help you keep your mouth and breath fresh and odor-free.
Schedule an Appointment for Dental Hygiene in Columbia, TN
If it’s time for you or another member of your family to have a professional dental cleaning, then call Beck Dental Care. We’ll provide the cleaning you need to enhance the brushing and flossing you do at home. Dr. Victor Beck and Dr. Hart provide Columbia, Spring Hill, Mt. Pleasant, and Lewisburg residents with comfortable, personalized care.