Having your teeth cleaned every 6 months is an important part of dental hygiene. Plaque buildup is removed to prevent dental caries (cavities), gingivitis, and periodontal disease. These cleanings are done by board certified dental hygienists. Your hygienist has been extensively trained on how to clean teeth properly with their specialized tools.
Brushing and flossing every day is very important to the health of your teeth, but a professional cleaning (also called prophylaxis), removes stubborn tartar and plaque from around the gum-line and in between teeth.
After the plaque is removed, the hygienist will polish your teeth with a gritty type of toothpaste. It comes in a variety of flavors for the patient to choose from and scrubs the enamel clean. This kind of deep scrubbing is only suggested to be done twice a year, as it can damage enamel if done too much.
When the scrubbing is done, a professional flossing will follow and then a good rinse to remove all debris from your mouth.
Most people hate the scaling process to remove plaque from their teeth. There is always some buildup that needs to be taken care of, but you can shorten the time it takes by good brushing and flossing techniques at home.
You should start using a new toothbrush every six months. With dental cleanings, you always get a new toothbrush, some dental floss, and a small tube of toothpaste (great for packing in your suitcase, by the way), so you don’t have to remember to buy a new toothbrush twice a year.
There is no excuse for not flossing these days, as there are many brands of flossing picks available that make it easier to get in between teeth and reach the back teeth.