Your body naturally produces plaque, the soft, sticky substance that coats your teeth. When plaque goes uncleaned or builds up along your teeth, it becomes tartar, also known as calculus, which is hard and requires a dental professional to remove. Both of these substances are typically addressed during your yearly dental checkups, leaving your teeth feeling completely clean. Unfortunately, if you've missed several checkups, those deposits can become so severe and stubborn that your dentist or dental hygienist must use a technique called debridement before starting your usual checkup.
If your dentist or dental hygienist has suggested the procedure, don't worry. It's necessary for your oral health and can help put you back on the road to healthy dental habits.