How Often Do I Need A Dental Cleaning?

Most of us grew up with the habit to visit our dentist twice a year for a checkup and a cleaning. While that advice was well phoenix-dentist-dental-cleaningintended, more recent research has revealed that a dental cleaning schedule should be personalized to suit your individual oral health conditions. Your Phoenix dentist can explain why you are being asked to come in more frequently than the old twice-a-year standard, and can show you what else you can do to maximize your oral health.

Factors That Impact How Frequently You Should See Your Dentist

  1. Periodontal disease. If you have gingivitis or periodontitis, it is essential that your dentist monitor how your gums are responding to treatment. Periodontal disease can be quite advanced before you feel anything or have visible symptoms.
  2. Systemic health conditions such as diabetes. Sometimes, you will need a frequent cleaning schedule because you have a whole-body health condition such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease.
  3. Medications that can cause dry mouth. Xerostomia, also called dry mouth, can be caused by many types of medications. If your body isn’t producing enough saliva, you may become more prone to tooth decay and gum disease. Your Phoenix dentist can use your visits to monitor your oral health and suggest ways to lessen dry mouth’s impact.
  4. Decay-prone teeth. If you or your family has a history of excessive tooth decay, the only way to slow or arrest the advance of cavities is to keep your teeth free of plaque build-up. More visits per year means more chances for your dental team to reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth.
  5. Poor manual (hand) dexterity. If an illness or injury has impeded the way you brush or floss, you will need closer monitoring of your oral health to keep your teeth healthy. Frequent cleanings also help make up for what you’re not able to do for yourself on a daily basis.
  6. Genetic dental issues. Some clients execute their daily self-care flawlessly, yet still have significant problems with decay or gum disease. It may simply “run in the family.” To overcome the shortcomings of your DNA, visit your dental provider more often.

“Dental cleaning schedules are like fingerprints – they are unique to you, and no two are precisely alike,” says Dr. Melanie Bauer, a Phoenix dentist who practices with Dr. Carol Ford & Associates.

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