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How Often Should Your Teeth Be Cleaned?

How Often Should Your Teeth Be Cleaned?

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We already know that your checkups are vital for maintaining oral hygiene but the main question remains- how often should you be scheduling an appointment?
Do you have healthy gums and teeth?
By general rule of thumb, if you have a healthy set of teeth, then you only need to schedule for a checkup every 6 months. This ensures that any dental disease is caught in early stages and doesn’t create any lingering problems. During your checkup with Studfield Dental Group, our practitioner will make sure to measure the strength of the surrounding gums, check for any cavities, perform a screening for oral cancer as well as remove any buildup of tartar and plaque. It’s important to remember that tartar needs a professional cleaning in order to be removed and no flossing/regular brushing can remove it.
Do you brush and floss regularly?
Even so, by practicing good oral hygiene, this does not mean that you will be completely successful in removing all plaque from your teeth. Hence, any bacteria that is left behind calcifies into a much harder to remove tartar. If left to fester, this can give way to gum problems and various types of oral disease. Thus, your checkup and professional cleaning will get into all the spots that your routine flossing fails to reach and rid your teeth of any tartar.
Suffering from gum disease?
Gum disease means you require more professional cleaning than those with a healthy set of teeth. This is because the infection lies deep within your gums so a cleanup is necessary at least every 3-4 months. If you skip any of these appointments, you tend to relapse and have a poor chance of getting rid of your gum disease.
Has it been more than 6 months since your last visit to the dentist? Call on our team at Studfield Dental Group for your checkup today!