Routine dental cleanings every six months are a non-negotiable aspect of any healthy hygiene routine. We like to think of our role as a force multiplier for the everyday effort you apply at home. Calcium deposits from saliva accumulate over time, leading to tartar buildup, which in turn causes gum disease. Also known as gingivitis, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Regular brushing and flossing provide an important basic foundation for protection, but a professional cleaning reaches even further into gum pockets and underneath the gums to remove plaque buildup. Cleanings are accomplished in a single visit, and usually performed as a three or four step process using an ultrasonic device and hand tools.