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Brushing and flossing daily will take you a long way toward keeping your teeth and gums healthy. But your toothbrush and floss can't do it all. Over time, the sticky substance called plaque that forms on your teeth can harden into a substance called tartar, which can be removed only by your dentist's instruments. Removing both plaque (which you can do at home) and tartar (which your dentist can do) are key to preventing gum disease and keeping your smile healthy and beautiful.
American Dental Association answeredProfessional teeth cleanings are very important to your dental health. That's because professional cleanings are essential to the removal of plaque, calculus (tartar) and tooth stains. They also give your dentist a chance to examine your mouth for cavities or gum disease. The ADA recommends that you schedule regular dental checkups to ensure good oral health.Helpful? 2 people found this helpful.
Carol Jahn, Dentistry, answeredHaving your teeth cleaned on a regular basis by a dental hygienist removes tartar, stain, and any hard-to-reach plaque that you cannot always get with your toothbrush and/or dental floss. Having your teeth cleaned on a regular basis - generally twice a year helps - keep your gums healthy and increases the likelihood you will keep your teeth your entire life.
Jonathan B. Levine, DMD, Dentistry, answeredThe purpose of a professional cleaning is not only to remove the tartar above the gum, bacteria-induced deposits below the gum and to polish off extrinsic stains from teeth, but to also get a comprehensive lesson in oral care. As he goes through each step of the cleaning process, your hygienist should explain what he’s doing, why he’s doing it and why your teeth may be sensitive or cause bleed. An adjustable mirror or an intra-oral camera (a more hi-tech version of the mirror) is attached to the examining light, which allows patients to watch him at work and understand what he’s talking about. It’s one thing to hear your hygienist say, “You really need to pay more attention to your back molars.” But it’s quite another thing to actually see him working on those back molars and fully comprehend what that work involves so you can replicate it at home. Finally, based on the condition he finds your mouth in, he should give you an updated primer on the certain oral care techniques you need to incorporate into your home care routine.
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