Practicing good dental hygiene is the most important thing you can do to maintain a bright, healthy smile. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day should be the foundation of your dental hygiene routine at home.
However, it’s equally important to visit Dr. Bellisario once every six months for a professional teeth cleaning session and a dental health examination. If you're due for an appointment or have a question related to your oral health, please call us at 610-642-7024 today.
Benefits of Teeth Cleanings
No matter how thorough your dental hygiene routine is at home, buildup of plaque and tartar is inevitable – and not all of it can be removed by a toothbrush or floss. Some of the major benefits of regular teeth cleanings include:
- Dental problems solved early – When issues like tooth decay are detected early, they are much easier to treat. Regular visits to our office can prevent the need for more extensive dental work in the future, such as root canals and tooth extraction.
- Prevention of gum disease – The number one cause of adult tooth loss is gum disease. If you fail to come to the dentist on a regular basis, your risk of periodontal disease increases significantly.
- Stronger overall health – Poor dental hygiene has been linked to several systemic health problems, such as cardiovascular disease and aggravated diabetes. Coming in for a cleaning every six months can help promote stronger overall health.
- Removing surface stains – Routine teeth cleanings help limit most surface-level teeth stains, such as those caused by tea, coffee, and wine.
Most patients only need to come in for a check-up twice a year, but some patients may require more frequent visits if they have a condition (such as periodontal disease) that needs to be more closely monitored.
Flossing is one of the most overlooked dental hygiene steps at home. Flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash can flush out lingering food particles and kill the bacteria that causes bad breath, leaving you with a fresher smile.
If you have further questions about dental hygiene, please contact The Office of Dr. Bellisario online or call 610-642-7024 today to schedule your personal consultation. We welcome patients from Ardmore, Havertown, Bryn Mawr, Newtown Square, and the rest of the Main Line area of Pennsylvania.