Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems, such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. Regular check ups and cleanings can prevent these problems, as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.
What are dental cleanings or prophylaxis?
HygieneDuring the dental cleanings, the dental hygienist removes plaque (soft, sticky bacterial film) and tartar (calculus)
deposits that have built up on the teeth over time.
What happens if this bacteria is not removed?
If the calculus accumulates on the teeth over a long period of time, that provides the right conditions for bacteria to thrive next to the gums. The purpose of the cleaning is to clean the surfaces of the teeth and leave it smooth, so that bacteria cannot stick to them.
Hyegenist How often should I have cleanings?
A person with healthy teeth and gums should have a cleaning every 6 months. People with periodontal disease will
need periodontal cleaning every 3-4 months.