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How Often Should I Get Dental Cleaning?

Sep 19, 2021

Dental hygiene is a crucial aspect of your overall mouth health. Maintaining a good oral care routine is essential to protect your teeth against cavities and gum disease and save you a lot of money, hassle, and pain in the long run. Even if you follow dental recommendations of brushing twice a day and flossing once a day, you can still develop oral health problems. This is because only professional cleaning can remove the hard-to-reach plaque and calculus that builds up from the food you eat. Visiting your dentist once every six months can significantly reduce your chances of getting a cavity.

What is Plaque?

Plaque is the soft yellowish substance that builds upon the surface of your teeth. This build-up is made from millions of types of bacteria that live and reproduce in your mouth. Yuck! Without professional cleaning, these bacteria multiply and can lead to cavities and gum disease.

How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned by a Dentist?

The golden question. Every person maintains a unique lifestyle, with different dental care routines and diets. Therefore everyone’s case will be different. But, the bare minimum for seeing your dentist is once a year. For professional cleaning itself, every six months is recommended depending on your situation. For example, if you have periodontitis or gum disease, you should visit more often. 

What to expect when going in for Dental cleaning:

1. Examination:  First, your dentist will perform an oral exam to distinguish your oral condition, what form of cleaning you require, and how often you need to come.

2. Cleaning itself: Either your dentist or a dental hygienist will perform the cleaning itself. They will perform cleaning with different tools to remove plaque and tartar built up on your teeth. They will also scrub your teeth with special tools to remove any stains on your tooth or debris that is left from the cleaning—usually followed by some flossing and fluoride rinsing.

3. After cleaning: usually once a year, your dentist will take X-rays of your mouth to help determine any problems or issues that are below the surface of your gums. This form of examination can help inform the dentist of any tooth decay or other issues that would have been hard to see in itself. 

Things to ask yourself: 

>Do you snack a lot? Especially sweets

>Do you floss less than three times a week?

 >Do you brush your teeth less than two times a day?

 >Was the last time you went in for cleaning more than six months ago?

-If you answered yes to the majority of these questions, you are generally at higher risk of getting cavities or further oral issues and should visit your dentist more often.

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