The Importance of Regular Hygiene VisitsAn important reason to visit the dentist is to have a teeth cleaning by a professional hygienist. Plaque or tartar form on teeth over the years. Plaque is soft and sticky, but consistent brushing can usually keep it under control. However, plaque hardens into tartar, which is beyond the ability of a toothbrush or floss. Tartar builds up under the gum line as well as on the tooth surface. If plaque isn’t removed, you risk more serious problems with your teeth and gums in the future. Recent research reveals a link between untreated gum disease and serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Having your teeth cleaned by a hygienist regularly is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy.
Samantha Siranli, DMD, PhD, FACP
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