A professional dental cleaning, also known as prophylaxis, involves the scaling and polishing procedures that remove plaque, tartar and stains from the teeth. Having your teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist helps prevent cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease.
This procedure removes hardened deposits not removed by routine brushing and flossing making your gums and teeth healthier.
The scaling process scrapes away bacteria, plaque and tartar from the tooth above and below the gum line. The tartar that is built up below the gum line is not easy to take off, that’s why deep scaling takes a bit longer and is generally performed using local anesthetic.
A regular professional cleaning should be done every 6 months to help maintain good oral health.