How Important Are Cleanings?
Not a day goes by that our mouths aren’t full of sugary, sticky food. Bacteria from that food causes a biofilm called plaque. If not removed from the teeth, that plaque can harden into dental calculus (also called tartar). Calculus builds up between your teeth and gums, and can cause gums to become inflamed or infected. This can lead to gum disease, which has been linked to other medical issues, including diabetes, dementia, and heart disease.
Even though regular flossing and brushing is able to get rid of plaque, once it solidifies into calculus, the material is too tough to be scraped off with floss or a toothbrush – that’s where our dentists can help.