Teeth Cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and tarter from teeth in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Severe gum disease causes at least one-third of adult tooth loss. We recommend that your teeth be cleaned at least twice a year in order to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. Professional teeth cleaning include tooth scaling, polishing, and if too much tarter is present, a full mouth debridement.
Good oral hygiene between cleanings is essential to preventing tartar build-up which causes the problems mentioned above. This is done by carefully and frequently brushing with a toothbrush and using dental floss to prevent accumulation of plaque on the teeth.
The ADA recommends the following for good oral hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Replace your toothbrush every three or four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
- Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay–causing bacteria still linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. This helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
- Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.