Exams and Teeth Cleanings

Preventative Dentistry in Northeast Dallas

Dental Cleanings in Dallas, TX - Skillman Family DentistryWe have all been taught since childhood to brush our teeth daily. This habit, along with flossing, keeps your teeth clean and your breath fresh. But no matter how much you brush and floss, you still need regular professional cleanings.

These cleanings are important because your toothbrush and other devices remove only a portion of the sticky, bacterial plaque that attacks your teeth and gums. Plaque finds hiding places where your brush and floss cannot reach – between the teeth, under the gums, and inside the pits and grooves. Over time, the plaque hardens into calculus, also called tartar. Calculus adheres to the tooth surfaces and cannot be removed by simple brushing and flossing.

Dentists and dental hygienists use special instruments designed to remove the calculus without damaging the delicate tissues or enamel. Having your teeth professionally cleaned prevents gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Dr. Henry will let you know how often you need a professional cleaning, but six months is the typical interval.

Contact Skillman Family Dentistry at (469) 998-9822 to schedule an appointment, and be sure not to neglect your oral health.