Daily brushing is important for your overall health, well-being, and freshness of breath! However, daily cleanings may not be able to clean those harder-to-reach areas, where plaque and bacteria build up over time. If these harder-to-reach areas are left uncleaned for prolonged periods of time, diseases like tooth decay or gum disease can progress to points that may be unhealthy. Regular cleanings from your dentist and hygienist are the best way to keep your teeth in check and avoid unwanted diseases or issues.
For the typical patient, a cleaning and checkup every 6 months is adequate for removing buildup and plaque. In some cases, a cleaning and checkup every 4 months may be necessary if other issues persist. During a cleaning, a hygienist will use specialized instruments to properly and thoroughly clean your teeth and gums to remove plaque and buildup. Your hygienist will be able to clean your gums and ensure that no disease has progressed into your gums. A fluoride treatment may also be applied if necessary to protect your teeth against decay and sensitivity.
As a part of your bi-annual cleaning, your dentist will also perform a dental exam to check the overall health of your teeth and gums and may request x-rays. X-rays are important to your overall health and plan of care for your teeth because some types of infections and decay may occur below the surface of the teeth and gums, or some types of tooth trauma may only be visible on x-ray. It’s important to catch any type of infection early so that a plan of action and care can be completed immediately.