Are professional cleanings necessary?
Yes. Regular professional cleanings are essential to excellent dental health. Unfortunately, they can be the first thing to get put off when your schedule is extremely busy or when money gets tight. But putting off your regular cleaning appointments can cost you dearly in the long run.
It's nearly impossible to remove every last trace of plaque, even with excellent brushing and flossing habits. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, which cannot be removed with a toothbrush or dental floss. Hygienists use specialized tools to remove this tartar accumulation. Regular removal is important to prevent tartar and bacteria from causing cavities or gum disease, which will develop if tartar is allowed to remain below the gum line.
Once periodontal (gum) disease starts, it can be a difficult and expensive task to keep it under control. You may require a more expensive and extensive deep cleaning called root planing and scaling.
Root planing and scaling involves the removal of tartar and infection below your gum line. Often, additional medication is placed beneath your gums to assist in healing. Once you have had this extensive cleaning procedure, it is incredibly important to remain diligent in your oral hygiene because you may be more susceptible in getting recurrant periodontal disease.