It has long been accepted that the average person should have their teeth cleaned twice a year, or once every six months. However, new research has shown that some people need to have their teeth cleaned more frequently, and some people need to have their teeth professionally cleaned less frequently.
Here is some information about the recommendations for teeth cleaning!
Who Needs Their Teeth Cleaned Less Often
If a dental professional examines your teeth and sees that you do not have much plaque or build up on them, they may recommend that they not be professionally done as frequently. Typically, the longest that professionals recommend you go without a professional cleaning is a year. The reasoning behind this is that you should have your teeth routinely examined for cavities that are so small that you may not be able to feel them.
A dental professional is able to check for cavities and examine your teeth when you schedule an exam and cleaning appointment. If you are meticulous about brushing and floss your teeth, and you naturally have less plaque in your mouth, you may be able to forego bi-yearly cleanings and only have one instead.
Who Needs Their Teeth Cleaned More Often
There are a number of reasons why someone may need their teeth cleaned more frequently. During pregnancy, the saliva in your body changes, and plaque can build up on your teeth. As such, pregnant women may want their teeth cleanings more often. Those with diabetes also experience problems with plaque and gum disease, meaning they should have their cleanings more frequently. People with gum disease may need to have their teeth cleaned as frequently as once a month to preserve the gums and help prevent tooth loss.
Lastly, those who do not care for their teeth well or cannot reach all of their teeth, such as children, may need to have their cleanings more frequently. The frequency with which you may need your teeth cleaned if you have any of these conditions can vary anywhere from once a month to three times per year.
How Do You Know How Frequently You Should Have Your Teeth Cleaned?
The range within which you need your teeth cleaned can vary from once a month to once a year. This is a huge range. Because the range is so wide, you may find yourself wondering how you should know how frequently you need your teeth cleaned. Your regular dentist will tell you if you need more frequent or less frequent cleanings based on the condition of your teeth and gums during your routine cleaning appointments. The amount of plaque and build up on your teeth will help them determine if you need more frequent or less frequent cleanings.
If you have not had your teeth examined or cleaned in over a year, now is a great time to set up an appointment. Call Mike Cassidy Dental Specialist today and we will schedule for an examination, x-rays and tooth cleaning. From there, we can recommend the frequency within which you should have your teeth cleaned to keep them in optimum condition.