How Often Do I Need A Cleaning?

When you brush and floss your teeth, you help protect your smile from the onset of serious oral health concerns, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Caring for your smile helps reduce the amount of plaque buildup that forms, buildup that can cause these issues to develop. However, the only way to completely rid your smile of plaque is with a routine cleaning. Do you need a dental cleaning?

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Cleanings

Question: Do I need one twice a year?

Answer: Yes! Patients of all ages need to have their teeth cleaned about twice a year. A cleaning every six months can help protect your smile from oral health concerns. Should you have a high risk of developing gum disease, we may recommend visits every three to four months, but six months is the most common timespan between visits.

Question: What happens during the visit?

Answer: We will first examine your teeth and gums for any signs of underlying health issues. During the procedure, we will use an ultrasonic scaler to remove plaque from the teeth. We then polish the teeth, which leaves them feeling smooth and looking brighter. The entire procedure takes a single visit and by removing the plaque that a toothbrush and floss cannot, your overall oral health can improve.

Question: What issues can they address?

Answer: We can use the procedure to brighten smiles and help freshen breath. They also prevent the gum inflammation responsible for gingivitis and gum disease. Removing plaque also prevents enamel erosion, which can allow cavities and dental infections to form.

Question: Do children need them too?

Answer: Yes, children whose baby teeth have erupted require cleanings every six months as well!

Ready to Have Your Teeth Cleaned?

Dr. Calcagno and our team can use preventive dentistry to help you enjoy a healthier smile. We can provide care for patients of all ages, so bring your family! For more information about our treatments, from Invisalign braces to dental implants, contact our team today. Schedule a consultation by calling Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Rochester, MN, today at (507) 281-3659.