A dental cleaning is not a checkup. A cleaning by one of our hygienists involves close examination of gums, as well as removal of plaque and tartar from teeth. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is the main cause of tooth loss for adults in the US. The condition is also responsible for increased risk of serious health problems, like heart attack, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, low-weight birth, and more. Research tells us, up to 80% of Americans have some level of gum disease, and the condition usually stems from buildup of bacterial plaque and tartar at the gum line. A dental cleaning every six months will reduce your risk for gum disease and related health concerns.