How Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?
Regular scale and cleans are central to your preventative dental care routine. But how often should you be booking checkups?
If Your Gums and Teeth are Healthy
As a general rule, people with healthy teeth and gums book a routine check-up and clean every six months. This is to prevent any dental disease from becoming a significant problem. During your visit, our dentist at Purity Dental Mulgrave, will check all your teeth to ensure there are no new cavities, perform a routine oral cancer screening, measure the health and strength of your gums and clean away any soft plaque and calcified tartar that accumulated since your last appointment. Since tartar cannot be removed with brushing or flossing (it harbors infectious bacteria). Therefore, professional cleans are needed to remove it.
Some people tend to have heavier stain or tartar than others. If that’s the case, extra clean are needed.
“But I Brush and Floss Every Day”
Even if you have great oral care habits, there will nearly always be some dental plaque left behind. The bacteria can then calcify into tartar. Over time, tartar deposits get larger which contains bacteria that trigger serious gum problems such as gum infections and bone loss.
Professional dental cleanings remove buildup from areas that flossing can’t physically reach. In most cases, six months is the general time frame to come in and get your routine preventive oral hygiene visit.
What About Gum Disease?
Active periodontal infections (gum infections) require more rigorous professional treatment. Since the disease lies deep under your gum tissues, you’ll need to have your teeth cleaned as often as every 3-4 months. Periodontal maintenance appointments shouldn’t be skipped; otherwise, you risk going into relapse and the problem becoming more severe.
Has it Been More Than Six Months?
If it’s been over half a year since you saw a dentist last, we invite you to call us at Purity Dental. Our Mulgrave dentists offer comprehensive care to patients of all ages. Contact us today to book your next hygiene visit!