If you’re thinking about skipping your next trip to the dentist, think again! Here, we’ll explain how often you should get a dental deep cleaning.
How Often Should I Get a Dental Deep Cleaning?
The American Dental Association says that you should be visiting your dentist every six months for a dental checkup and cleaning. The reason that it’s twice a year is because a professional deep dental clean is vital to preventing serious dental issues such as gum disease and tooth decay.
Do I Still Need a Deep Dental Clean If I Brush & Floss Regularly?
Yes. You should think of a dental deep clean as supporting rather than replacing your everyday dental health routine. While good oral health care habits are important for your dental health, there are certain things that you can’t do at home and that only a dentist can take care of. For example, while brushing and flossing can keep most of the bacteria away, there are tiny pits and grooves in your teeth that bacteria will find a home in. Dental professionals have the tools to eradicate this bacteria as well as any hard tartar that you can’t remove at home with your toothbrush and floss. Additionally, a deep dental clean is also the time when your dentist will examine your teeth for any signs of serious dental health issues like tooth decay. You can brush as much as you want at home, but it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to determine if you have gum disease.
What Should I Expect During a Dental Deep Cleaning?
During a dental deep cleaning your dentist will first examine your teeth either simply by looking at them or with X-rays, as well. The dentist will also ask if you’ve been experiencing any dental health issues and will discuss anything you may be worried about. Then, the dental hygienist will clean your teeth with special instruments to remove plaque and tartar and then brush and polish your teeth.
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