Tartar (calculus) and plaque buildup, both above and below the gum line, can cause serious periodontal problems if left untreated. Even using the best brushing and flossing homecare techniques, it can be impossible to remove debris, bacteria and deposits from gum pockets. The experienced eye of a dentist or dental hygienist using specialized dental equipment is needed in order to spot and treat problems such as tartar and plaque buildup.
Periodontal disease is often signified by persistent bad breath (halitosis). Halitosis is generally caused by a combination of rotting food particles below the gum line, possible gangrene stemming from gum infection, and periodontal problems. The removal of plaque, calculus and bacteria noticeably improves the breath and alleviates irritation.
Esthetics– It's hard to feel confident about a smile flawed by yellow and stained teeth. Professional teeth cleaning removes these stains and gives a beautiful smile.
Identification of health issues
Many health problems first present themselves to the dentist. Since prophylaxis involves a thorough examination of the entire oral cavity, the dentist is able to screen for oral cancer, evaluate the risk of periodontitis and often spot signs of medical problems like diabetes and kidney problems. Recommendations can also be provided for altering the home care regimen.