Preventing the onset of dental problems starts with good oral hygiene; healthy teeth and gums are the cornerstone of a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. An effective preventive dental practice and oral hygiene practice is a collective effort by the patient and their dental team. While regular home maintenance is important, it only focuses on areas of the teeth that are above the gum line (called scaling). A professional cleaning can clean your teeth not only above the gum line, but below the gum line as well (called root planing). It is only through regular scaling and root planing that plaque, tartar, and bacteria can effectively be removed from hard to reach places below the gum line that home care cannot reach. Good oral hygiene by the patient that is continued by regular dental visits can effectively promote and maintain your oral health, catching plaque and cavities early on before they pose more harm and create more damage to your beautiful smile. Redstone Smiles Dental is pleased to offer professional dental exams and teeth cleaning to help you achieve optimal oral health.