Brushing and flossing can help to keep the plaque at bay. However, it is important to have regular teeth cleanings done by a dental hygienist in order to keep your teeth and gums in good shape. If you don’t have your teeth cleaned regularly, the continuous build-up of tartar and staining can lead to gum related issues such as, gingivitis or periodontal disease. Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal disease. In most cases, if left untreated gingivitis will evolve into periodontal disease. Gingivitis can be reversed with elevated home care and regular dental cleanings. Periodontal disease is infection under the gum tissue. If left untreated this infection will lead to bone loss, often resulting in the loss of teeth. Periodontal disease cannot be reversed but can be maintained through deep cleanings and regular maintenance cleanings. Through these deep cleanings larger pockets in the gums will be treated, preventing them from getting larger. Cleaning out the infection will halt any future bone loss, prolonging the longevity of the teeth.