It is important to brush your teeth at least twice daily to help remove plaque and food particles that get stuck to your teeth. It is recommended that you brush your teeth for two minutes (or longer), though most people rush through this time. You need to make sure that you reach every side of each tooth, including the inside and outside. To help keep your breath fresh, you should also brush your tongue. Then, you can begin flossing.
Also known as dental prophylaxis, a prophy is a regularly scheduled dental cleaning to help you maintain optimal oral hygiene. By having these regularly scheduled cleanings, we ensure that your teeth are in tip-top shape as well as remove any plaque or tartar buildup. When you brush and floss your teeth, you are working to remove plaque, but despite our best efforts, sometimes plaque builds up in hard to reach places. When the plaque on teeth isn’t properly removed, it hardens and turns into tartar.