Why Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?

People often ask us, “Why should I have my teeth cleaned?” After all, if you brush and floss your teeth daily as recommended, why would you need additional preventive care? The truth is, this simple preventive treatment can strengthen your smile against tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Teeth Cleaning Quiz

  1. True or False: A cleaning can help prevent gum disease.
  2. True or False: You need your teeth cleaned twice a year.
  3. True or False: The doctor can also watch for serious oral health concerns.
  4. True or False: Children need cleanings too.

Answer Key

  1. True. A cleaning removes plaque buildup from the teeth, something brushing and flossing alone cannot do. Plaque inflames the gums, boosting the risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay developing. If you have high risk factors for gum disease then we may recommend frequent cleanings.
  2. True. The American Dental Association recommends a cleaning once every six months to keep the teeth healthy and free of cavities or gum disease. If you have a higher risk of developing gum problems then we may suggest one about every three to four months. The procedure involves using either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque. The teeth are then thoroughly polished for a smooth feel and brighter appearance.
  3. True. A visit also allows the doctor to use technology, such as digital x-rays and intraoral cameras, to watch for warning signs of serious oral health concerns, The doctor can check for the presence of decay, gingivitis, gum disease, and even oral cancer.
  4. True. Like adults, kids and teens often benefit from regular cleanings. We will assess the state of their teeth during regular checkups. From there, the doctor may recommend having the teeth cleaned.