Everyone of the age of three or four should visit the dentist for a professional dental hygiene cleaning at least twice a year. Removal of bacterial dental plaque from tooth surfaces allows the teeth and gums be healthy and avoid conditions like gingivitis and periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and bone that support the teeth. If untreated, bone damage and tooth loss may result. To maintain optimal oral health, it is important to stay informed about the condition of your teeth and gums. Regular dental visits allow any problems to be detected and treated early so that more serious issues don’t develop. Here at Nielson Family Dentistry our hygienists provide gentle and thorough professional care that enable our patients to achieve and maintain the highest level of oral health possible.