Unfortunately that’s not the case, brushing twice a day is easy, flossing not so much. As for our six month dental cleaning, most of us find ourselves saying “wasn’t I just at the dental office?”. Even with regular care, plaque and tartar build up over time, there are areas that our toothbrushes & floss just can’t get to. The plaque that we miss turns into calculus which is a hard cement-like material that is next to impossible to remove with seeing your dental hygienist. Some patients require more frequent visits every 3-4 months, if your pregnant it’s also recommended you get an extra cleaning. Plaque and buildup are bacteria that create toxic chemicals that eat at your enamel and irritate your gums. This bacteria is harmful to your body, if left untreated the bacteria eats at the bone around your teeth causing periodontal disease which can ultimately lead to the loss of a tooth or several teeth. Periodontal disease is often linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke and in some cases pregnancy complications. Many of our patients pay for dental benefits often unaware that most dental cleanings and exams are covered at 100%! So if you’ve had to reschedule a recent cleaning, or perhaps it’s been several months or years since your last dental visit give us a call. It’s never too late, your oral health and overall health are important to us. I often have patients who have waited until they were in pain before scheduling an appointment because they dread hearing about everything they’ve done wrong. Comfort, peace of mind, patient education, informed decisions, that’s what we’re here for… we welcome any questions and strive to provide you with excellent dental care. You know where to find us, give us a call (210) 832-9993!