Professional cleanings (dental prophylaxis) performed by a dentist or hygienist can help prevent gum disease,gingivitis and tooth decay.
In a professional cleaning, your dentist or hygienist will be:
Removing plaque and Calculus
Plaque is a sticky substance that can lead to deposition of calculus. Calculus (tartar) is hardened plaque on the tooth that develops over a period of time in the absence of proper oral care. It can lead to gum disease if it deposits below the gum line.
Dental stains and discoloration due to use of beverages like tea, coffee, wine and tobacco stains from cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco.
Cleaning and polishing of the teeth leaves the surfaces of the teeth clean and smooth so that bacteria are unable to stick to them.