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How Often Do I Need a Teeth Cleaning?

How Often Do I Need a Teeth Cleaning?

Teeth are a wonderful thing. They are designed to last you a lifetime and can take a serious beating and years of neglect before even sending you a single signal of pain. Once you get that pain, though, there may already be a problem. Regular teeth cleaning can be done to prevent a cavity or pain from ever surfacing. The American Dental Association recommends a teeth cleaning anywhere from every 3-6 months. Even if this sounds like a lot, the suggestion is made with your health in mind.

Why Do I Need Cleanings So Often?

If you can’t remember the last you’ve had a cleaning, it is time to set up an appointment right now. The suggestion to get a cleaning every 3-6 months is made because that is how quickly things can change in your mouth. In just 6 months, a cavity can begin to form, and its damage may become irreversible if left unchecked.

What Can I Expect at My Dental Cleaning?

You can expect a clean and fresh mouth for one thing! Cleanings typically begin with a hygienist polishing and flossing your teeth. Then your teeth will be scraped of harmful plaque, and your enamel will be checked for soft spots. Most of the time the cleaning will be finished off with a fluoride treatment to restore damaged enamel.

How Should I Prepare for My Dental Cleaning?

When it comes to your dental cleaning, it should be a relaxing experience. Not much is expected of you except to bring your ID and insurance card. Besides that, come to the dentist after brushing your teeth with any questions you might have for the dentist.

If you have any more questions about dental cleanings, feel free to give us a call or stop into the office today!

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What we are doing to keep you and your family safe when you come to our office

We hope you and your family are in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While may things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up to date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at one at a time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.