Even if you brush and floss after every meal, a thin film of plaque can still accumulate on your teeth and gums. Left untreated, it can cause everything from cavities to gingivitis. That’s why it is recommended that you have your teeth examined and cleaned by a qualified dental professional once every six months.
The best way to prevent cavities and periodontal disease is through effective daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental visits that include a periodontal examination and thorough cleaning. If plaque is not removed, it can turn into a hard substance called calculus in less than two days.
Calculus, or tartar as this substance is often called, is so hard, it can only be removed during a professional cleaning. Daily cleaning will help keep calculus formation to a minimum, but it won’t completely remove it. A professional cleaning, by a dentist or hygienist, at least twice a year is necessary to remove calculus from places your toothbrush and floss may have missed.