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Dental cleanings should be an essential part of any oral health regime. Brushing and flossing on a daily basis is important, but it does not eliminate the need for seeing your dentist in Belmont every six months or as recommended by your oral healthcare team. If you’ve fallen behind on your dental cleanings and checkups, here are some of the things you’re missing out on.

During a dental cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will remove tartar from your teeth—a hard substance that can’t be removed by brushing and flossing. When left to remain on your teeth, tartar can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Your dentist will also examine your teeth and look for signs of oral health problems, so that they can be treated in their early stages. When you see your dentist, he or she will also screen you for oral cancer, which can otherwise go undetected until the disease is advanced.

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