Everybody has bacteria in their mouth and managing the growth of that bacteria is key to maintaining oral health. Bacteria can form deposits called plaque, which can harden to form tartar. Although routine brushing and flossing help remove excess bacteria from your teeth and around your gums, this is not enough for complete protection. The primary purpose of routine cleaning is to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth in order to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
In general, patients should have an examination and regular cleaning every six months. These routine appointments help prevent a variety of dental issues and detect problems as quickly as possible.