If you brush and floss your teeth daily, it is still important that you have your teeth professionally cleaned regularly. Without regular professional cleanings, teeth tend to build up a layer of plaque and hard deposits that are very difficult to remove without special tools. When these deposits are allowed to remain on the tooth surfaces or below the gum line, they provide ideal conditions for bacteria to grow and multiply.
The acids produced by some bacteria cause tooth decay and gum disease; if left uncontrolled, this can lead to inflammation and infection of the gums. Your cleaning is performed by a licensed dental hygienist, and because everyone’s teeth are a little different, your cleaning will be customized to your particular needs.