How Often Do I Need a Dental Cleaning?

A common misconception is that a dental cleaning should be performed every six months on all human beings. While that frequency for dental cleanings will be enough for many healthy adults, it isn’t always what’s best for each patient.

Why, you ask, would I be any different?

Some signs you make need more frequent cleanings:

  • Hygiene and/or tartar that has built up below the gums
  • Stubborn stains on teeth from things like drinking coffee
  • Pronounced gum bleeding/gingivitis when flossing
  • Deeper pocketing due to gum inflammation that may also be related to bone loss.

Because these factors can impact your oral health negatively, you may need to come in more often and your cleanings may require more time. Coming in every three or four months will keep your smile looking beautiful and white. It will more importantly keep your gums healthy. The less time tartar and stain are sitting on your teeth, the lower your chance of getting decay or gum disease. Missing a cleaning appointment, or not sticking with the correct re-care frequency for your mouth, could be the difference between a healthy mouth and gingivitis or periodontal disease.

The monthly re-care appointment that your hygienist chooses for you, whether it is 3 months or 6 months, is very important to maintain your health or get you back to health.

At Stamm Dental we work hard to give you home care advice for preventative maintenance as well. Check out Sharon’s blog on the Waterpik. 

If there are signs of periodontal disease, like those listed above, more than a “regular cleaning” may be needed. In order to get deeper under the gums, and keep the patient comfortable, sometimes these deep cleanings require anesthetic. More time is generally needed as well for these more in-depth cleanings. Your hygienist will typically have you back within a few weeks to evaluate the tissues, healing, and whether or not the disease has been halted. They then will require you to come in for maintenance cleanings every 3 or 4 months to maintain your oral health and keep a close eye on your tissues and bone levels. It is also very important to keep up with the home care routine that you and your hygienist find fits your needs best. Prevention is the best policy in order to prevent disease progression.

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-Blog by your rock-star Cleaning Machine, Rachel W.