No matter how often you brush, floss, and gargle (mouthwash), there are some dental deposits that cannot be removed at home. A mixture saliva, food particles, and bacteria, dental plaque is the leading cause of gum disease and tooth decay. There’s some of it in all of our mouth, but it can be kept in check with a comprehensive oral care routine. However, when dental plaque hardens and becomes tartar, all of the brushing and flossing in the world will not get rid of it. You must have your teeth professionally cleaned to protect your oral health.
A painless dental procedures that typically takes under one hour, a typical cleaning starts with an ultrasonic cleaner and a water sprayer; two tools that help loosen plaque and tartar deposits. They can then be safely removed with a metal instrument called a hand scraper. Because they are calcified, tartar deposits are more difficult to remove, especially when they spread under the gumline. After the deposits have been scraped off, your dentist will brush your teeth with a special rotary toothbrush and a gritty type of toothpaste that polishes teeth to a high shine.
All adults should have their teeth professionally cleaned at least once a year, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).