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Professional Teeth Cleaning — Your First Line of Defense

As we enter a new year, you want this one to be full of smiles for you and your family. A great way to accomplish this goal — quite literally, in fact — is to make sure your family’s teeth-cleaning schedule is up to date. These quick visits are your first line of defense in keeping the teeth and gums of the entire family in the best possible health.

When it comes to preventive practices, the team here at Hillsdale Dental Care, under the experienced direction of Dr. Roge Jacob and Dr. Magdalena Azzarelli, feels that nothing beats a regular professional teeth-cleaning schedule.

Here, we take a look at the many advantages of staying one step ahead of your dental health with regular teeth cleaning.

Baby teeth matter

If you have younger members of the family and you’re wondering if they should be included in the teeth cleaning schedule, the answer is “Definitely!”

About 52% of kids in the United States between the ages of 6 and 8 have cavities in their baby teeth. While you might be inclined to think that’s no big deal since these teeth will fall out anyway, you’d be mistaken. 

Baby teeth play an incredibly important role in helping the permanent teeth to erupt on schedule and in the correct positions. If these smaller predecessors succumb to tooth decay before the permanent teeth are ready, this can affect dental development.

So, we urge you to bring your kids in for regular teeth cleaning — twice a year — when they first start getting teeth.

We can clean where you can’t 

Even if you pride yourself on a fantastic at-home dental regimen, complete with brushing, flossing, and rinsing, you can still fall short.

A whopping 90% of Americans aged 20 and older have at least one cavity and nearly half of Americans aged 30 and older have some degree of gum disease. While poor dental hygiene may account for some of these numbers, the fact is that these statistics include people who do take great care of their teeth and gums.

The bacteria that lead to plaque and tartar buildup in your mouth, which can eat away at the soft and hard tissues, can hide in spots even the most thorough brusher and flosser can’t reach.

During our professional cleanings, we get into all of the nooks and crannies that toothbrushes can’t access, as well as around your gumline, with specialized tools that make quick work of bacterial buildup.

In fact, we can reverse any brewing gum disease, which is also called gingivitis, during our cleaning.

Spotting potential problems

Another reason to see us twice a year for professional cleanings is that we can spot larger issues during these routine visits. Whether it’s an impacted tooth or a tiny cavity, these visits allow us to step in to prevent small problems from escalating.

Brightening up your teeth

As if the preventive benefits of your teeth cleanings weren’t incentive enough, we also remove stains and polish your teeth during these visits. When you leave, your teeth are noticeably brighter, which gives you a lot to smile about.

To schedule your family's teeth-cleaning visits, simply contact our office in San Jose, California, to set up an appointment.

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