How often do I need to get my teeth cleaned?
How often do you get your oil changed? Every 3,000 miles? Or is it every 6,000 miles? Thanks to computers, most cars today will make that determination for you based upon the type of driver and the temperature extremes the car has to endure.
So why is it that you have been told to see the dentist every 6 months (or every 3 months if you have gum disease)? How can it be so for every human, without the predictable variability of lifestyles and environmental triggers being a factor?
What is the fact behind to see the dentist every six months?
Our teeth are the first step of the digestion process. Daily it bites several food particles. Scientifically the enamel is the strongest substance in the body. But sugar and carbohydrates are what makes the enamel scary.
You already know our mouth contains a variety of bacteria. These bacteria get nourished by the food and produce the sticky layer called plaque. The daily brushing and flossing are intended to remove this plaque from the tooth enamel.
In this stage, you may feel there is no need for regular teeth scaling if someone is brushing and flossing twice a day. A toothbrush can reach nearly 80 of the mouth. If plaque is not get removed from the teeth then it can harden this hard layer is called tartar, It is the dirty looking mineral deposit.
The actual threats start here. When tartar forms on your teeth, it will not be removed from a toothbrush, this has to be removed from the professional dental scaling. If you leave the tartar as it is it starts to cause cavity and penetrate to a more deep level.
Dr. Manan Dhulia says “Tartar and plaque form in the mouth at different rates. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a patient for a recall cleaning visit only to see them two weeks later for a scheduled filling and already see tartar forming on the teeth”.
I also have some patients that need to come in for a cleaning only every 12 months. When dentists polish the teeth, the pellicle (skin of the tooth) is removed but will reappear in 3 days. The sticky biofilm (plaque) will then stick to the pellicle.
Dr. Ankita Gada Dental director at Sabka dentist says “Home care is vital in determining this rate of buildup of the product that is partially responsible for gum diseases. Good brushers and flossers (determined by the frequency and quality of doing so) of course will fare better and last longer before needing another cleaning”.
It is extremely important to remember that gum disease is 100% preventable, but once seen in the mouth it is not 100% curable, and is less than 100% arrestable. So patients (and dentist) need to be armed with methods that properly address and pay for this degree of infection.
Quick Benefits about regular teeth cleaning and polishing
- Regular teeth cleaning removes any external stains and plaque deposits. In result, you will get a whiter and brighter smile.
- Cleaning eliminates the cavity-causing deposits from the teeth, hence cavity can be prevented from regular teeth scaling.
- The bacterias are the main culprit for bad breath, by eliminating the bacteria deposits cleaning helps you get fresh breath.
- Prevention is always better than cure. The preventive method will always save you from expense occur for restorative dentistry.
Dr. Jena Shah Dental director at Sabka dentist says “Preventive dental check-up is important to determine what treatment and procedure are required for you. Hence do not miss your appointment for regular check-ups”.
- Getting Your Teeth Cleaned May Help Your Heart- WebMD
- What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?- Healthline
- Scaling and Root Planing- American Dental Association
Dr. Chandana Ramdas has completed her BDS from KLE’S College Of Dental Science, She has over 4 years of experience in the dental field. Passionate about educating patients on the importance of oral hygiene. Committed to providing the best patient care through communication and high-quality service. Experience in working with children, adolescents, and adults, as well as those who suffer from dental anxiety. Skilled team player who understands the importance of collaborative care for the best treatment outcomes for patients. Devoted to remaining up to date on the latest techniques to provide the highest level of patient care possible.