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Why should I have my teeth cleaned twice a year?

Posted on 8/15/2016 by Anthony M. DiCesare
An elderly woman receiving a dental cleaning.Having your teeth cleaned twice a year is extremely important to your dental health. Our teeth are constantly exposed to decay causing bacteria, and even the best brushers can miss spots that require cleaning.

Your dental hygienist is trained to seek those spots, and remove the plaque, tartar, or calculus that if left in place can weaken and damage your teeth.

What does the Hygienist do at my cleaning?

Your dental cleaning begins with an assessment. Your hygienist will measure the depth of your gum pockets to assess the level of decay. Using a probe, a measurement of your gum pockets is recorded.

You may hear numbers between 1-5mm being called out, numbers that exceed 3mm is an indication of a gum pocket that has exceeded the healthy limit, meaning that some level of gum disease is present. If needed, your hygienist may recommend a deeper cleaning to be done, a cleaning that goes below the gum line and through a process known as scaling and root planing, remove the bacteria that is irritating your gums.

The rest of your dental cleaning is to remove any debris, plaque, tartar or calculus that has accumulated on your teeth. Debris is any stuck in food, found either between your teeth or in the nooks and crannies of your teeth.

Plaque is a natural biofilm blend of saliva and food particles that daily rests on your teeth and if left in place will harden into a substance known as tartar or calculus. This material is hard to remove and will cause decay.

You need to have your teeth cleaned twice a year to ensure that this bad bacteria is removed, to keep your teeth healthy. Your hygienist can spot those problems, which will help you keep your teeth healthier, longer.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your oral health.

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