Regular dental cleanings are a great way to help prevent gum disease, stop bad breath, and maintain the overall health of your mouth. These visits also help remove the bacteria and toxins found in the oral cavity that irritate the gums, causing inflammation that may lead to gingivitis. Cleanings will also help remove the stains caused by tea, coffee, foods, tobacco and other habits that can make teeth look discolored. Another benefit to visiting your hygienist for routine cleanings, is the reduction of bacteria in the mouth that has been recently linked to heart disease and other conditions throughout the body. Every cleaning is an opportunity for our dental team to provide patient care, while keeping long-term dental health a priority.