What are you removing when my teeth are cleaned?
When we brush our teeth, the aim is to brush plaque away. Plaque is a soft and sticky layer that builds up on our teeth and contains millions of bacteria. When we brush and floss our teeth, no matter how thorough we are, there will always be some plaque left behind, especially in hard to reach areas. When saliva touches the plaque, it makes it hard and results in a hard yellow build up called tartar (calculus). Once tartar is formed, a toothbrush cannot brush it away. When we clean your teeth, we gently remove the tartar and plaque that has built up. We also remove any staining present, commonly caused by coffee, tea or smoking. We then polish your teeth to create a nice smooth surface.
Why do we need our teeth cleaned?
If we do not remove the built up plaque and calculus, it can irritate the gums and cause gum disease. Plaque when combined with sugar containing foods may cause holes in your teeth (decay). Regular removal of plaque and calculus will help maintain your dental health and keep your teeth looking their best. It can also help treat bad breath.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
We highly recommend having your teeth cleaned every 6 months. Doing so reduces the amount of plaque and calculus accumulating on your teeth and irritating your gums so your mouth can remain healthy. If you do have severe gum disease, we may recommend having more regular cleans.