The Importance Of Biannual Teeth Cleanings

April 12, 2021

You have probably heard this from every dentist you have had throughout your life, but biannual teeth cleanings are immensely important to your overall dental health. From avoiding cavities to keeping your gums healthy and strong, these teeth cleanings can help with a wide array of potentially dangerous dental issues. Not only can these cleanings actively combat common issues, but they can help your dentist find potential issues before they compound and become more complicated. If you are interested in finding the perfect dental practice for you and your whole family, look no further than Fenton Family Dentistry. Our friendly and helpful team of dental experts will make sure that every member of your family is completely comfortable, safe, and taken care of throughout your visit. Click here to schedule your appointment today.

Plaque & Tartar

Plaque is a sticky, yellow, or colorless film that naturally forms on your teeth over time. Plaque is essentially the byproduct of when food, liquids, and saliva combining, which then hardens in harder-to-reach areas like your gum line and in between your teeth. Plaque in itself can easily be treated with regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. The real issue arises when plaque calcifies and turns into tartar. Tartar is a hard yellow deposit that attaches to your teeth and can only be removed by a dental professional. You can easily combat both plaque and tartar buildup by practicing normal dental health and by keeping your teeth cleanings regular.


Gingivitis is one of the most common dental issues in the country, with an estimated 75% of all Americans experiencing some form of gingivitis in their life. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease and can include symptoms like red, inflamed gums, pain, and blood when brushing or flossing. At this initial stage of gum disease, transitioning back to regular dental visits and a rigorous oral health practice can easily reverse this issue. If you allow your gingivitis to get worse, it can lead to loss of jawbone and muscle, and can even cause you to lose your teeth. If you notice any of these symptoms or have noticed a receding of your gum line, schedule a consultation as soon as possible.


Cavities are small decayed portions of your teeth that develop into holes in your teeth. Although small cavities are fairly harmless, cavities can become a serious issue if they get deep enough to reach the center, or pulp, of your tooth. Once bacteria and decay get into the center of your tooth, an infection can quickly spread across your mouth and into your jaw, which can cause you to lose teeth or have to have a root canal. Cavities can develop quickly, and if left unchecked for more than a few months at a time, your cavities can easily develop into much larger issues.

If you are interested in finding a great dental practice for you or your whole family, contact Fenton Family Dentistry today. We look forward to meeting you and helping you get the smile of your dreams.