Don’t be offended if your dentist suggests you should have a dental cleaning on a regular basis. Even if you take good care of your teeth, plaque and tartar can still build-up in the crevices and grooves of your teeth. In regular visits, your dentist can also check for problems that can be serious.

Key takeaways:

  •  A hygienist, or the dentist, will remove any plaque and tartar that regular brushing and flossing has missed.
  •  Your teeth will be polished and the dentist may apply a protective fluoride treatment.
  •  During the clean, your teeth, gums and mouth will be inspected for early signs of dental problems — including oral cancers.

Having a regular dental cleaning helps to prevent cavities and gives your dentist the chance to spot any problems early, when they are most easily treated.

“Your dentist may also conduct an oral cancer screening during your appointment, which is a simple physical exam that looks for signs of cancer in the mouth.”

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