Teeth cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and tartar from teeth in order to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. The last problem causes at least one-third of adult tooth loss.
Dentists recommend that teeth be cleaned professionally at least twice per year. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling, tooth polishing, and, if too much tartar has built up, debridement.
Between cleanings by a dental hygienist, good oral hygiene is essential for preventing tartar build-up which causes the problems mentioned above. This is done by carefully and frequently brushing with a toothbrush and the use of dental floss to prevent accumulation of plaque-producing bacteria on the teeth.
Dentists recommend cleaning the tongue using a tongue cleaner as part of ones's daily oral care routine, in order to remove the bacterial coating that generates bad breath and may affect the health of teeth and gums as well.
Massaging gums is generally recommended for good oral health.