How often do I need to have my teeth cleaned?
We suggest that you schedule dental cleanings twice a year. If you have a history of periodontal disease, our dental hygienist will most likely recommend more frequent cleanings.
During a dental cleaning, our hygienist will start by clearing away plaque and tartar that has built up on the surface of your teeth. It is important to get rid of this buildup because tartar left on your teeth will eventually harden, allowing the acids produced by bacteria to eat away at healthy dental enamel.
If these bacteria are not removed from your teeth and around your gum line, you can develop gum disease. Without proper treatment, gum disease can lead to serious oral health problems, including possible tooth loss.
It’s more important than ever to avoid gum disease because research has shown that there is a strong connection between the health of our mouth and our physical health. We have a much greater chance of eliminating the dangers of gum disease and associated problems with early detection and regular professional dental cleanings.
As part of every dental cleaning, our hygienist will carefully examine your teeth to look for signs of other problems that may be developing. When caught early, we can treat these concerns before they become serious and difficult to treat.