Did you know that those who meticulously floss and brush their teeth can develop periodontal disease? This is because even the most meticulous oral hygiene done at home cannot get below the gum line which is where plaque buildup can cause the biggest problem. Getting teeth professionally cleaned is the only way to adequately get below the gum line.
If plaque is left on the tooth surface long enough it will turn to tartar, which is a form of calcification. Tartar sticks to the tooth surface like concrete and can only be removed with the special tools used by dental hygienists. Tartar causes inflammation of the gums which causes the tissue to start to pull back from the tooth creating pockets. These pockets are perfect places for more bacteria to fester. Unless treated, this vicious cycle will continue and will worsen. If these pockets are not cleaned by a hygienist, they get larger, can cause loss of teeth, bone loss, and in some cases, infection can spread to other parts of the body, including your heart.
Brush and floss twice a day and get your teeth checked and get Dental Hygiene Cleanings at intervals recommended by your hygienist.