As part of our routine check-up service, patients can also benefit from a scale and clean, where the dental technician will remove plaque and calculus (tartar) that brushing can’t shift. We recommend having this done every six months to maintain good oral hygiene. While plaque can be removed from the teeth by twice daily brushing and flossing, a professional dentist must remove calculus. It’s important to brush every day to avoid the build-up of plaque, which is full of bacteria and can result in tooth decay and gum inflammation or gingivitis. Left untreated, this can further develop into periodontal disease.