A professional dental cleaning (“Prophylaxis”) at least twice a year is highly recommended to improve your oral health. No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. Your gums are incredibly important not only for the health of your smile but your overall wellbeing. Healthy gums keep your body safe from the bacteria in your mouth, and if they are suffering from the effects of gum disease, your health could be at risk. Removal of plaque is very important. Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease. Teeth polishing removes stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.