Oral Hygiene & Prevention Overview
Teeth cleaning is part of oral hygiene and involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
People routinely clean their own teeth by brushing and interdental cleaning, and dental hygienists can remove hardened deposits (tartar) not removed by routine cleaning.
If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you’re not alone.
Many adults in the U.S. currently have some form of the disease.
Periodontal diseases range from simple gum inflammation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth.
Flossing removes plaque and bacteria that you cannot reach with your toothbrush.
If you don't floss, you are missing more than one-third of your tooth surface.
Plaque is the main cause of gum disease.
It is an invisible bacterial film that develops on your teeth every day.
What should I do to prevent gum disease and tooth decay?