Regular professional cleaning forms another important component of good preventive care. A hard white substance, called tartar or calculus, forms on teeth and cannot be removed by brushing. Tartar provides a place in your mouth for bacteria to live and contributes to gum disease and bad breath. Tartar can only be removed by a dental professional. Regular cleaning in our practice along with good habits at home can help you maintain healthy gums. Scaling and cleaning are recommended for most people at 6 monthly intervals. Ultrasonic scaling and hand scaling dislodge bacterial plaque and calculus that lead to periodontal (gum) disease. Stain is removed via high powered brushing and sandblasting. Your teeth will feel, taste and smell cleaner and fresher. Six monthly visits to our dentists are recommended as prevention is our aim.