Professional Dental Cleaning (Prophylaxis)
How often should I get a dental cleaning?
Professional dental cleaning is a procedure of removing plaque, calculus (tartar) and stain from the teeth that do not have gum disease. Regardless how well a person brushes his or her teeth, plaque and tartar can accumulate over time. Therefore, we generally recommend a professional cleaning twice a year to maintain a healthy teeth and healthy gums.
What is plaque?
Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins or irritants that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of gum disease.
What is calculus/tartar?
Calculus is plaque that has been left on a tooth surface for a period of time and has become hardened. It is a rough porous mineral buildup that is usually yellow or brown in color. It can form above or below the gumline and can only be removed with special dental instruments.