Preventive dentistry is meant to prevent oral health problems, and includes regular dental checkups and cleaning. The dental hygienist or dentist uses specialized instruments to gently remove harmful deposits without harming your teeth. Oral health is just as important as the health of the rest of your body. Dental cleaning and checkups will help to maintain oral health and prevent dental disease. Untreated dental disease can lead to serious health problems, as infection from tooth disease can even spread to other parts of the body. Dental cleaning and regular plaque removal from the gum area is essential to maintain healthy gums. X-ray examinations are done at the dental health practitioner’s discretion to manage cavities and assess treatment plans.