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Teeth cleaning: How often?

Is a tooth cleaning necessary every 6 months?

Written by south Florida cosmetic dental office Lissauer Dental, serving Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Palm Beach

Actually, some people should visit a hygienist more often than others. For most people with healthy gums and teeth, hygiene appointments should be scheduled every six months. However, if one of the following pertains to you, more frequent cleanings may be recommended:

Gum disease
If you have active gum disease, you should certainly be seeing your periodontist (gum specialist) for treatment, including frequent deep cleanings. If you were previously diagnosed with gum disease and the condition improved, dental cleanings are typically needed more often to prevent relapse.

Extensive dental work
Regular brushing and flossing is not always sufficient if you have many crowns, bridges, or implants. If you have extensive dental work, you should speak to your hygienist about whether more frequent cleanings are recommended.

Certain medical conditions and prescription medications
Actually, some medical conditions (like sjogren’s syndrome) and medications (like certain seizure and high blood pressure drugs) can exacerbate inflammation of your gums. You should always speak with your dentist and hygienist about your complete medical history to ensure proper treatment.

Inadequate brushing or flossing
If your oral hygiene is poor, the first step is to help you develop proper brushing and flossing techniques. Your hygienist will work closely with you to create an individual plan of action and will probably recommend routine visits to monitor progress.

About the teeth cleaning experience at Lissauer Dental:

In our office, your dental health is our goal. We want your smile to be healthy and beautiful. Our four wonderful hygienists, Nancy, Vicki, Maria and Lindy, will show you how to brush and floss properly to keep your mouth fresh and clean. Our hygienists create an extremely welcoming environment to ensure your comfort. We even have TVs in the ceilings, so you can lie back, relax, and watch during your teeth cleaning.

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