How Often Do You Really Need a Dental Cleaning?

About 25% of all adults between the ages of 20 and 65 have at least one cavity right now! Cavities can be painful, and they require dental care. You can potentially avoid cavities and other dental issues by getting regular dental cleanings. 

But how often do you need to get your teeth professionally cleaned? Let’s talk about it. Read on to learn more. 

Why Do You Need Professional Dental Cleaning? 

You might think visiting the dentist to clean your teeth wastes time and money. After all, you have a toothbrush and floss at home.

You take good care of your teeth, so why should someone help you? 

Dental professionals have special tools that effectively remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. It’s not safe to try to remove tartar on your own, but it can start to impact your gums if you allow it to build up. 

During your cleaning, the dentist will also evaluate your gums to ensure they’re still in good condition. If you show gum disease signs, starting treatment early is essential.

How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned? 

This will vary depending on your oral health.

Some people need a cleaning every three months to keep their teeth healthy. Most people, however, should aim for a cleaning every six to nine months (with six being preferable). 

Your teeth shouldn’t need too much work during each cleaning.

If you put it off for too long, you’ll have to spend more time in the dentist’s chair. You’ll also be giving your teeth more time to decay.

If you’re unsure how often you should get professional teeth cleaning, ask your dentist during your next appointment. 

Keeping Your Teeth Clean Between Dental Visits

Between cleanings, you should still do your best to keep your teeth healthy and clean.

Make sure you brush your teeth a minimum of two times per day. It would help if you used high-fluoride toothpaste to get the best protection.

It would help if you also were flossing at least once per day. If your teeth bleed after flossing, it’s a sign that you should do it more often (and that it’s time to visit your dentist).

It’s also helpful to use mouthwash throughout the day to eliminate bacteria. 

A dentist can help you get clean and white teeth, but you must maintain those pearly whites on your own time between appointments!

When Was the Last Time You Had a Dental Cleaning? 

So when was your last dental cleaning? If you don’t remember, now’s the perfect time for you to schedule an appointment! Taking care of your teeth is essential to maintain a full and healthy smile for as long as possible. 

At Bloomfield Dental Designs, we want to help all of our patients maintain healthy and beautiful smiles. We can help you get the superstar smile of your dreams with both general and cosmetic dentistry.

Contact us for an appointment today.

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