You might think that brushing your teeth thoroughly and flossing once a day are all it takes to keep your teeth clean, healthy, and strong. While it is true that your twice-daily oral hygiene routine is essential, it is not a substitute for professional dental cleanings in our office. Read on to understand why professional cleanings are necessary and how often you should have them done.
Even if you follow all the ADA guidelines about brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day and you never skip your nightly flossing session, there still might be some areas of your mouth that are difficult to clean effectively. Maybe you have a gap between your teeth that always traps food particles, sensitive teeth that make brushing uncomfortable, or perhaps you can never seem to angle your toothbrush to reach your very back teeth. Whatever your circumstances, professional cleanings are crucial for removing bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth that you cannot reach yourself.
Plus, a professional cleaning is not just a cleaning; it is also your chance to talk to us about any oral health concerns you have, and an opportunity for us to detect dental problems. We screen for a variety of conditions at your routine exams, from tooth decay to gum disease to oral cancer. Visiting our office regularly for checkups and cleanings allows us to treat oral health issues before they cause serious complications in the future or refer you to the proper specialist for treatment.
We recommend coming in for a professional cleaning every six months for most patients. That is because plaque builds up on your teeth fast. You can brush away plaque, but once it hardens into tartar, only a professional cleaning will thoroughly clean your teeth and protect them from damage and decay. If you skip a dental appointment, plaque has even more time to build up on your teeth, harden into tartar, and contribute to tooth decay and gum disease.
Some people may need professional cleanings more often than twice a year. Pregnant women, people with gum disease, smokers, people with diabetes, and people who are especially prone to cavities may need to see us closer to every three months. Contact us today to schedule your next professional cleaning.