It is often suggested that patients ensure that they keep up with hygienist treatments every six months, in order to maintain their good dental health. If your teeth are free from cavities and major concerns that should be addressed, you will benefit from a routine professional cleaning.
A professional cleaning can potentially help you to stave off cavities, because the primary culprit for cavities and even gum disease is plaque, which is removed during the dental cleaning.
Another added benefit is that a professional cleaning may help to remove tartar buildup and some staining from your teeth.
Scale and polish treatments with your hygienist can help to prevent and treat gum disease, and also help you to manage bleeding gums. Your dentist may suggest that you undergo a thorough professional cleaning before you start complicated dental treatments, in order to minimize any potential issues that could arise from built up plaque and tartar.
Keep in mind that before you see the hygienist, your dentist will have the opportunity to have a look at your teeth prior to the start of the procedure. This will allow for any potential issues that have arisen since your last examination to be identified so that a treatment plan can be developed.
Remember that the more care you take of your teeth, and the sooner that you address any minor problems, the less likely you will be in need of serious dental procedures and surgeries.