I brush and floss everyday. Should I have my teeth cleaned?

A professional cleaning is the only way to remove hardened deposits of tartar from your teeth. A build up of bacteria containing tartar on your teeth can cause gum disease, the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. A cleaning will also smooth and polish the surface of your teeth so they are less likely to accumulate plaque (an invisible film made of bacteria which builds up on teeth each day). Finally, cleanings remove stains and mild discoloration which can improve the appearance of your teeth.