Most healthy patients can maintain their smiles with two dental cleanings and checkups per year, every six months.
Patients struggling with managing periodontal disease may need additional teeth cleanings throughout the year to help them keep their condition under control. Dr. Unti may recommend three or four teeth cleanings throughout the year for patients with gum disease.
What Happens During My Teeth Cleaning?
When you get your teeth cleaned, your dental hygienist removes the excess plaque buildup from your teeth with special tools. Plaque can sometimes be hard to reach during your regular brushing at home, and plaque buildup can result in tooth decay or gum disease. So it's important to have your hygienist perform regular teeth cleanings to help you protect your smile.
Your dentist will perform a thorough examination during this visit to check for tooth decay, oral cancer, and gum disease. They will also ensure that your current dental fillings and crowns are not breaking down.
Your preventive teeth cleanings and checkups are a great time to discuss your goals and concerns about your smile with your dentist. Your hygienist can also give you tips for effective brushing and flossing at home.
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