Your gums are the unsung heroes of your smile. They support your teeth, keeping them healthy and strong. Cleaning your teeth properly will protect your gums, removing the bacteria which causes gum disease. Your brushing and cleaning at home removes most of the plaque that develops on the surfaces of your teeth, but some areas can be missed. Trips to the hygienist promise a thorough clean, plus an optional scale and polish, removing both plaque and tartar from your teeth.