Plaque is the whitish film that builds up on your teeth and is the number one cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at your tooth enamel and, when left unattended, can lead to cavities. You can remove plaque by brushing and flossing regularly along with routine dental cleanings.
Gum disease occurs when plaque builds up on your teeth and is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease worsens, plaque will move further down the tooth below the gum line where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw. This can cause teeth to loosen and fall out. You can reduce the chance of this happening by getting regular dental cleanings and maintaining good oral hygiene habits.
Many things can cause your teeth to stain such as drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco. Having your teeth cleaned can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth.
Recent studies by the Academy of General Dentistry have shown a connection between oral health and overall health and that regular dental cleanings can help lower your risk for certain diseases, such as heart disease and stroke. During your normal oral exam your dentist may even be able to detect the early stages of many life threatening medical conditions.