Professional cleanings and regular dental examinations are important measures to maintain healthy teeth and gums.
During a professional cleaning, plaque — which sticks to the teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease — is removed. Stains are also removed and your teeth are polished.
Dental examinations also help to identify problems, especially before they become larger problems and expensive to repair. Dental exams include examination of tooth decay, gum disease evaluation, oral cancer screenings, and diagnostic x-rays to detect problems that can’t be seen by the naked eye (e.g. cysts, tumors, invisible decay).