Your hygienist will clean and polish your teeth to remove plaque, a sticky film of bacteria and tartar, the hardened plaque. Plaque and tartar can contribute to tooth decay and/or gum disease. Your hygienist will also provide an overview of proper flossing and brushing techniques.
Patients play an important role in preventive dentistry efforts as well. Self-care, such as twice daily brushing and daily flossing, is essential in ensuring that your teeth and mouth stay healthy. A good oral hygiene routine keeps your teeth clean between preventive dental appointments.
Preventive dentistry can result in less extensive—and less expensive—treatment for dental conditions that may develop and help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.