First of all, at-home dental care is just a start! Even if you are particular with the care of your teeth and always brush and floss daily, your teeth need a professional cleaning. If you are like most people and your dental care occasionally lapses, you have an even greater need. Brushing and flossing do remove plaque, a soft sticky substance, but calculus, a hard build-up that accumulates on teeth between dental visits, must be removed with our specialized instruments. Think of it as a deep cleaning for your mouth. Keep on brushing and flossing and make your 2016 dental appointment for a thorough check-up and cleaning.