Even though dental materials and procedures keep improving, there is still nothing that functions better than your natural teeth. Regular dental cleanings or prophylaxis are essential to keeping your natural teeth and preventing future problems and disease in your mouth.
Dental hygienists help prevent tooth decay and maintain healthy gums by cleaning teeth to remove tartar, stains and plaque. Hygienists perform screenings to review a patient's health history and chart the condition of the patient's teeth. A professional dental cleaning (prophylaxis) and a dentist exam is usually recommended every 6 months but more frequent visits may be recommended if needed. Regular dental cleanings help to prevent progression of gum disease. A dentist examines patients for oral cancer, disease, cavities, and problems that can arrise in your mouth.