Family Dentistry Bad Breath Cleanings Comprehensive Exams Dental Fillings Emergency Appointments Extractions Family Dentistry Hygiene Dentistry Mouthguards Pediatric Dentistry Periodontics Sedation Dentistry Sleep Apnea Cosmetic Dentistry Acceledent Biolase Ceramic Crowns Cosmetic Bonding Cosmetic Dentistry Dental Veneers Invisalign KöR Teeth Whitening Laser Dentistry Restorative Dentistry Apicoectomies Bone Grafting Bridges Dental Implants Dentures/Partials Inlays/Onlays Oral Surgery Root Canal Therapy Dental CleaningsAvailable in Morrisville and Greensboro Regularly scheduled professional cleanings are critical to maintaining a healthy mouth and beautiful smile. During your cleaning appointment, the hygienist will examine your mouth and perform the following procedures: Remove plaque: Tooth decay (cavities) is caused by the buildup of plaque which is a sticky film containing bacteria that attack tooth enamel. The bacteria also produce toxins that inflame the gums, leading to periodontal disease. Preventative cleanings reduce your risk of developing cavities and periodontal disease. Remove tartar: Plaque left on teeth over time hardens and becomes calculus (tartar). It can only be removed with dental tools. Tartar builds up from the top - down pushing the gum tissue away from the tooth over time. This can cause gums to bleed, leading to periodontal disease and bone loss. Polish teeth: This final step removes minor stains and any remaining plaque, making teeth their whitest and brightest! For most people, Dental Care of North Carolina recommends a professional cleaning every six months to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.