As we all know, brushing, flossing, and mouthwash are all part of our necessary regular oral hygiene. Cleaning our teeth at home helps to prevent plaque buildup which can cause cavities and other harmful oral disease. And of course we all want to prevent cavities and gum disease. But cleaning at home isn’t always enough. Cleaning at home does help your mouth keep bacteria at bay in between professional cleanings, but you can’t get all of those germs using only the supplies you have at home.

Having your teeth cleaned professionally by Dr. James A. Wells at South Charlotte Dentistry will remove plaque that has mineralized and become tartar. Tartar can develop on the teeth even if you carefully brush, floss, and use mouthwash on a regular basis. Tartar buildup can be especially bad in places that are difficult to reach when doing routine brushing and flossing. You should have your teeth cleaned professionally once every six months or so. This will allow Dr. Wells to remove any tartar buildup before it gets too bad.

And if you have gone way too long without a routine tooth cleaning, you may be in need of more advanced services. When teeth have too much tartar buildup it can be difficult to remove all of this in one sitting. Dr. Wells offers scaling and root planing services which can remove advanced tartar and bacteria from the mouth which would otherwise likely cause gum disease. With scaling and root planing, Dr. Wells can get deep into the pockets that form in the gums which contribute to periodontal disease.

If you are interested in a regular teeth cleaning, or think you may need scaling and root planing services please make an appointment with Dr. Wells’ Ballantyne office right away! Don’t hesitate to call 704-759-0908.

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