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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