Regular visits to the dentist are an important part of your oral hygiene care. Professional cleanings performed by a certified dental hygienist form the foundation for preventing tooth decay and gum disease. During the visit, the hygienist will:
- Remove plaque from the teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that forms in the mouth from food, saliva and bacteria. Plaque sticks to teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease.
- Remove calculus (tartar) above the gum line. Calculus is plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface and is difficult to remove. Calculus below the gum line indicates gum disease and requires a different procedure to remove it.
- Polish and remove stains from your teeth
Dental exams not only help your smile, but help to diagnose disease before it becomes hazardous to your health. In addition, regular examinations can save you money by alleviating problems while they are small and before they become expensive to repair or in some cases, impossible to repair.