Regularly scheduled teeth cleaning is part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque, bacteria and tartar from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities, gingivitis, and MOST IMPORTANTLY periodontal disease. People routinely clean their own teeth by brushing and flossing, and dental hygienists remove hardened deposits (tartar) not removed by routine brushing and flossing. Whether you have all your teeth, or some of your own teeth and some dental implants or removable devices, regular appointments for professional dental cleanings help prevent tooth loss and other infections and problems.
Most dental hygienists recommend having the teeth professionally cleaned every six months for healthy mouths. More frequent cleaning and examination may be necessary during treatment of other oral disorders. Routine examination of the teeth is recommended at least every six months which includes a cancer screening and your dentist will usually perform a full exam every 12 months.
Normally, most problems that arise from neglect have no symptoms or pain until the problem is severe, which usually creates the need for more extensive and expensive solutions.
Keeping a regular professional dental cleaning schedule truly is an inexpensive way to keep a healthy mouth and prevent unwanted and unnecessary problems.