The American Dental Association recommends that most patients have their teeth professionally cleaned two times per year (every six months), and we agree with this recommendation.
Why two cleanings a year?
Our ultimate goal is to protect your teeth and help you keep them for a lifetime. Regular visits for cleanings and examinations help us do that.
The fact is, no matter how diligently you brush your teeth, you simply aren't going to be able to remove every last trace of plaque. Over time, this plaque, a combination of food particles, saliva, and bacteria, sits on the surface of your teeth. Eventually, it hardens into tartar, which can't be removed by either a toothbrush or dental floss. Depending on the location of the deposit, the result will be either decay or gum irritation and recession (or both!).
Stay on top of your dental health with preventative care
Every six months, your dental hygienist will carefully assess your oral health and remove any build-up of plaque or tartar using their knowledge, their training, and their specialized instruments. This gives you a fresh start and prevents the damage that occurs from plaque and tartar that are allowed to remain on your teeth for an extended period of time. Additionally, your hygienist can notify your dentist if they notice anything that could indicate a problem, such as signs of decay or gum disease. This allows for prompt treatment early on.
Has it been a while since your last check-up and cleaning? Give us a call and we'll help you get back on track without any judgment! We want to help you get and stay healthy!