3 Things You Might Notice When You Need A Cleaning

There are some sensations and experiences that may begin cropping up when what you really need is a dental cleaning. Whether you’re due right now for your cleaning with our Southlake, TX team or if it’s just been quite a while and you know you really should come in to see us already, the feelings you’re having aren’t out of the ordinary. Instead, they’re just little reminders that you’ve got bacteria within the plaque (and tartar) that are starting to coat your teeth and stay there. Let’s walk through some common details you may notice that you should definitely take as a very serious reminder that it’s time to give us a call to schedule your next visit!

#1: Your Teeth Probably Feel Gross

Even if you don’t have any serious concerns developing just yet, such as decay or other issues that require restorative care, you may feel like your teeth are just extra gross. Maybe they feel grainy or coated or furry or fuzzy when your tongue comes into contact with them! This is because they really are covered in some sticky, thick plaque (which is full of bacteria). Over time, in as few as 24 hours, this plaque can become extremely hard. We call this new stage of the substance “tartar.” You can brush plaque from your teeth but tartar won’t budge. So, the more the substances build up, the more they feel very strange, and you know you require a dental cleaning (because it’s the only way to remove tartar).

#2: You Might Have Bad Breath

So, about that bacteria that’s getting loaded up onto your tooth surfaces as plaque and tartar continue to accumulate: They smell really gross. When you have a smile that’s kept clean with brushing, flossing, and dental cleanings, your smile smells fresh. When it’s in great need of a cleaning, bad breath is a common factor.

#3: You Might Feel Like Your Brushing Isn’t Working

As mentioned, you cannot really remove tartar with your toothbrush or dental floss. So, even if you’re giving your smile your best approach at dental hygiene, you may feel like your teeth still feel dirty afterwards. You need a dental cleaning! Once we remove tartar, you will enjoy the sensation of removing plaque again, which leaves you with a smooth, healthy-feeling smile.

See Us For A Protective Dental Cleaning

Come in for your six-month dental cleaning (even if it’s been longer than six months), so we may remove buildup and reveal a very clean smile. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.