WHAT IS IT?
This common dental procedure involves removing plaque from teeth and gums. This is done to protect the mouth from gingivitis, periodontal disease, and cavities. Although regular dental care at home is recommended (brushing, flossing, gargling, etc.) it takes a dental hygienist to remove some of the hardened plaque and tartar.
WHEN TO HAVE IT DONE
Generally, having at least two cleaning appointments per year is recommended. If problems are detected, which could be caused by having lots of plaque to showing signs of oral cancer, patients might be advised to make more frequent appointments.
This seemingly run-of-the-mill procedure can have astonishing benefits. Not only will it contribute to fresh breath and sparkling teeth, it helps prevent oral ailments such as gum disease. Regular checkups also allow hygienists to keep track of any other problems that might arise. This can help stop them before they get out of hand.