Even if you maintain good oral hygiene in your daily routine, regular in-office exams are necessary for preventing disease and mitigating problems early. Your dentist will examine your mouth to make sure your teeth and gums are in optimal condition. Comprehensive oral exams can help prevent problems, before they become emergencies.
In-office cleanings are a necessary part of maintaining good oral hygiene. When plaque hardens into tartar, or calculus, it can no longer be removed with daily brushing at home. During a professional cleaning, the hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, especially in areas that are difficult to reach with a toothbrush. The cleaning process takes between 45 minutes and an hour. It is recommended that you receive a professional oral cleaning every six months in order to remove plaque and tartar build-up and prevent inflammation.