Regularly cleaning your teeth at home with brushing and flossing is the most important thing you can do to maintain a healthy mouth and smile. However, there’s a certain level of clean and healthiness that only comes from a proper dental cleaning.

Dental plaque is an invisible biofilm containing bacteria that naturally grows on surfaces in your mouth. It is a natural process that cannot be prevented, only kept in check through regular home oral care. When plaque builds up in the mouth, over time it begins to harden into dental calculus which is more commonly known as tartar. Tartar is a hard yellowish substance that along with being unsightly causes several oral ailments such as bad breath, receding gums and chronically inflamed gums.

Getting your teeth cleaned by a dental professional is the only way to remove tartar buildup. Along with removing tartar a dental cleaning also helps remove bacteria and helps the gums heal and reattach to the teeth. In order to maintain a healthy smile the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends you get your teeth cleaned by a dental professional every 6 months.