Maintaining a good oral health routine at home is the key to preventing dental problems. However, you’ve probably heard how important it is to visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly to protect your mouth against gum disease, plaque and cavities so you’re probably left wondering; how often do I really need to visit the dentist to protect my mouth? Everyone should combine their regular dental home care routine with frequent appointments at the dentist’s office.
“How often do you need to have your teeth cleaned?” is the most popular question that dentists frequently hear. Many patients are unsure of when to schedule their next appointment, fearing that they aren’t visiting as much as they should be.
How Often Should I Visit The Dentist?
It’s a general rule of thumb that a patient should visit their dental practice for professional teeth cleaning twice a year (approximately once every six months). It is also recommended that people who have a history of oral hygiene issues or an oral health condition like gum disease visit more frequently. This recommendation also applies to a person who has diabetes, has previously had a heart attack, or has other pre-existing health conditions.
What A Typical Teeth Cleaning Checkup Includes:
1.) An Early Warning Exam
Alongside dental cleaning, a dentist or dental hygienist will evaluate a patient’s gums, teeth and mouth to identify any problems that may require more care in the future. Some issues including cavities, oral cancer, periodontitis (also known as gum disease), and more, will be easy to identify during the exam. A person can also identify any areas that are causing them pain and seek advice from the dentist. Not only does early identification help stop problems from getting worse, but it can also save clients from having to spend money on costly treatments. Overall, it’s vital that a patient visits the dentist frequently for their safety and well-being.
3.) Dental Cleaning
A dental cleaning removes the food bacteria that create buildup and forms plaque on patients’ teeth. This can be detrimental to their health as it can calcify and form tartar above and below the gum line. If plaque and tartar are not removed, patients risk developing diseases like periodontitis. While a good brusher can remove a lot of plaque themselves, it is nearly impossible for people to remove all of the plaque, especially below their gumline, without proper treatment and tools. A dentist and dental hygienist will help remove this buildup during teeth cleaning appointments.
Professional brushing and flossing will remove buildup on teeth and gums. Dental floss will clear bacteria from in-between teeth, reaching hard-to-reach areas while brushing and reducing the risk of cavity formation. A brush, pick and filing tools will remove any tartar that could lead to tooth decay and loss. Other benefits of regular teeth cleanings include whiter teeth and fresher breath. Before exiting the office, a patient will be given a new toothbrush and toothpaste to continue their care at home.