Regularly scheduled professional cleanings are critical to maintaining a healthy mouth and beautiful smile. During your cleaning appointment, the hygienist will examine your mouth and perform the following procedures:
- Remove plaque. Plaque is a sticky film containing bacteria that attack tooth enamel and eventually cause cavities. The bacteria also produce toxins that inflame the gums, leading to periodontal disease.
- Remove tartar. Plaque left on teeth over time hardens and becomes calculus (tartar). It can only be removed with dental tools. Tartar can cause gums to bleed, leading to periodontal disease.
- Polish teeth. This final step removes minor stains and any remaining plaque, making teeth their whitest and brightest!
For most people, Stanhope Family Dental recommends a professional cleaning every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.