How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
Everyone is different and we personalize the interval time for each patient to meet his or her needs. For most people, getting a dental cleaning every 6 months is optimal to prevent the development of periodontal disease, remove buildup, and help keep the gums healthy. Those patients who are prone to periodontal disease, tend to develop heavy plaque and tartar buildup, have heavy stain, have difficulty brushing and flossing, or are at high risk for cavities or other disease of the oral cavity, it will typically be recommend that they get a cleaning every 3-4 months. For some patients with great home care or those that are at an extremely low risk for diseases of the oral cavity and periodontal disease, we recommend a cleaning every 12 months.
During your teeth cleaning appointment, we will do a complete exam to check for cavities and periodontal disease, do an oral cancer screening, take needed x-rays, and remove any plaque, calculus, tartar and stain from your teeth and gums. As with your general health, disease, risk and symptoms can change over time. You may go years without gum disease or cavities and develop them later in life or when lifestyle, medications, or general health conditions change. We make it our job to make sure your care and recommended protocols change along with you to address your needs at every stage. Your needs change over time and we make sure that we are treating you optimally and meeting your current needs.