Prevention is the key to a lifetime of healthy gum tissue. Dental cleanings are important to remove dental buildup or tartar as it accumulates. When tartar builds up below the gum, the body reacts with an inflammatory response. Significant research in recent years has found that inflammation is detrimental to the long term health of the body. In the mouth, inflammation leads to the loss of the bone that supports the teeth. With continued inflammation, bone loss can become so severe that teeth become mobile. At this stage, treatment becomes very difficult. With routine cleaning, buildup is removed regularly, bone loss is prevented, and our patients experience a lifetime of healthy gum tissue.