Clean gums and teeth are instrumental in preventing gum disease, tooth decay, cavities and tooth loss.Even if you brush and floss religiously you should have your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis as dentists have the expertise and specialized instruments to remove tartar, plaque and bacteria buildup that even patients who practice good oral hygiene at home, can not get to themselves. Professionals use a cleaning technique called scaling performed with a gritty toothpaste to help remove stains from teeth surfaces. When scaling is completed, patients’ teeth are then flossed and polished.
Patients who do not have any significant dental problems, such as gum disease, should have a routine cleaning and dental exam every six months. Individuals who have dental issues, such as periodontal disease, or are at a higher risk for oral problems, may be recommended for more frequent visits.