Patients are always asking how often they should get their teeth cleaned. The quick and easy answer is as often as necessary!
Whether you drive your car like Dale Earnhardt Jr, or like the Zamboni driver on a fresh sheet of ice, I bet you still get your oil changed when that light on your dashboard comes on! Why? Because, you know that driving your car with dirty oil will eventually ruin your engine, which will lead to much larger and more costly repairs down the road. So, just like your regular maintenance on your car, your mouth and oral health needs to be regularly checked and maintained too, because it affects your overall health. But how often?
As often as necessary! Really? YES! Your Dentist and Dental Hygienist should formulate a specific treatment protocol specific for your situation, health, and goals. Every person, whether you have good teeth or not, whether your gums are healthy or not, whether you build up a lot of plaque or tartar (calculus) or not, whether you’re the world’s most efficient brusher and flosser or not, your health needs to be monitored on a regular basis.
Health status, medications, hormonal changes, age and genetics are all influencers of your oral condition. Plaque and calculus form in the mouth at different rates. I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen a patient for an exam and cleaning, and had them back two weeks later for a scheduled filling only to already see calculus forming. I also have patients who have very little plaque and calculus after 12 months. Do you know which one you are? This is why I’m here, to help you stay on top of your health before larger and more costly treatment may be necessary.
Remember, what happens in your mouth affects your entire body! Advancing disease can affect your general health, multiple organs including your heart!
Stay health and active in your treatment program! Start your oral health program today. Call 702.933.1300 and make an appointment for a dental exam.