Taking care of your teeth means more than brushing and flossing. For complete care, it's important to visit a dentist every six months for a regular checkup and professional cleaning.
Teeth cleaning (also known as prophylaxis, literally a preventive treatment of a disease) is a procedure for the removal of tartar (mineralized plaque) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine toothbrushing. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling and tooth polishing and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated.
Sign and sympyoms that indicate that you may need scaling and polishing
you may observe any of the following pre-conditions in your oral cavity which indicate that a professional cleaning is required immidiately.
Swollen, red, tender or bleeding gums.
Persistent bad breath or bad taste in mouth.
Gums that recede or move away from the tooth.