First off – well done! We're so thrilled to hear that you are practicing great home hygiene habits!
While brushing twice daily and flossing once a day is a great start, unfortunately it's not perfect. Your teeth have so many small nooks and crannies where plaque and bacteria can hide, and the fact is that you simply can't reach all of them, no matter how dedicated of a brusher you are. Plus, if plaque remains in place for a period of time, it will eventually harden into tartar. Tartar is a mineralized deposit that can't be removed with a brush or floss; it requires professional instruments and know-how.
And that's why you need regular cleaning appointments with a professional hygienist. Hygienists are trained to seek out and remove these small deposits of plaque and tartar before they can turn into a big problem. At Stonebriar Family Dentistry in Frisco, TX, we take great pride in our fantastic hygienists! They are skilled at removing plaque and tartar comfortably and efficiently and have a good eye for identifying early signs of periodontal disease so we can intervene and stop it in its tracks. Plus, they are friendly and love getting to know their patients!
Think of your cleaning as a fresh start every six months. We promise you'll see the value of prevention!