With the end of the year approaching, your schedule is probably looking pretty full. However, the winter break can be a great time for you and your family to attend dental cleanings. With kids out of school, scheduling dental appointments with your Livingston NJ family dentists, Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom, can be much easier as you have fewer schedules accommodate. By setting these invaluable appointments before the holidays begin, you can also set you and your family on the right track for another year of good oral health. The Importance of Dental Cleanings Many people can be blasé about dental cleanings. They reason that they do a good enough job brushing and flossing their teeth and that dental cleanings simply aren’t necessary for them. Unfortunately, by neglecting dental cleanings, you can put your oral health at unnecessary risk. Plaque (a clear, sticky substance that contains harmful oral bacteria) hardens into tartar after it has been attached to teeth for about 48 hours. Once tartar forms on teeth, it cannot be removed with a toothbrush and dental floss, meaning that the bacteria within tartar will be free to attack teeth for as long as the substance remains attached to them. Thankfully, tartar can be removed with special tools. These instruments are wielded by hygienists during dental cleanings and are designed to scrape it from teeth. With tartar removed, the risk that teeth will suffer decay is lowered. You can, therefore, see just how important dental cleanings are in preventing tooth decay. Cleanings and Examinations The benefits of attending a dental cleaning do not end with tartar removal. A dental cleaning also enables your Livingston NJ family dentists to examine your teeth for any troubling symptoms. By identifying oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, bruxism (teeth grinding), and oral cancer early, your Livingston NJ dentists can intervene quickly, often enabling them to perform more effective or less extensive treatment. Choose Your Livingston NJ Family Dentists Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom are experienced family dentists who enjoy working with patients of all ages. They also seek to employ the most advanced technology for diagnosis and treatment so that their patients can enjoy continuing oral health. You can, therefore, rest assured that your and your family’s oral health is in experienced and trustworthy hands. About Dr. David Silverstrom and Dr. Gary Silverstrom:The Silverstrom Dental Group provides the latest in comprehensive dental care for patients in Livingston, NJ and surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call (973) 797-9345.