How often patients have cleanings is determined by a number of factors. There isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of answer. The most common intervals for dental cleanings are three months, four months, or six months. In rare cases, some patients require monthly or bi-monthly cleanings. Let’s look at some factors that determine cleaning frequency.
Patients who have periodontal disease benefit from short recall intervals. The dental hygienist can remove bacteria that is left behind by the patient. Moreover, the hygienist also has instruments that reach deep pockets that the patient cannot reach on their own.
Patients who get cavities easily should have their teeth cleaned more frequently. Therefore, when patients get more frequent cleanings, less bacteria remain on the teeth to cause decay.
Patients who have poor oral hygiene habits suffer from increased tooth decay and/or periodontal problems. A shorter cleaning frequency allows the hygienist to aid in the removal of bacteria that the patient leaves behind.
Patients with dry mouth are likely to battle tooth decay. Getting more frequent cleanings allows us to remove plaque and bacteria that lead to tooth decay. For more information on dry mouth click here.
Amount of Dental Restorations
Some patients have invested a lot of money in their mouth! It’s always easier to get cleanings than to replace dental restorations. Hence, we will often recommend more frequent cleanings to protect dental restorations and help prevent patients from needing to repair or replace dental restorations.
Rate of Tartar Buildup
The tartar that builds on the teeth contains bacteria that causes damage to the gums and supporting bone around the teeth. Leaving tartar on the teeth for long periods of time, promotes breakdown of the gums and bone. Once the calcified tartar attaches to the teeth, the patient cannot remove it with a toothbrush or floss. Therefore, allowing your hygienist to remove the tartar more frequently, promotes healthier teeth and gums and helps prevent periodontal problems.
At Adams and Cheek Dentistry, we place great importance on preventative care. Feel free to contact us with any questions about your dental cleaning frequency. You may reach us at 919-866-1360 or click here to reach us online.