Having your teeth cleaned is a part of your oral hygiene that involves the removal of dental plaque from teeth.

Cleanings are done to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. During your cleaning, hard deposits know as calculus are removed. If you are diagnosed with gingivitis or periodontal disease you may need scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning.

You should visit your dentist every 6 months for a routine exam and cleaning.