The top two reasons adults lose teeth are cavities and gum disease, which is why, on top of a good dental hygiene routine, regular professional dental cleanings are so crucial. Even the best daily home brushing and flossing will not get every bit of plaque between teeth and along the gum lines, and that plaque eventually hardens into tartar. Regular home maintenance, while important, only focuses on areas of the teeth above the gum line. A professional cleaning can clean teeth below the gum line as well. Professional dental cleanings get rid of tartar and keep your teeth and gums on track to staying healthy. It is only through regular scaling and root planing that plaque, tartar, and bacteria can be effectively removed from hard-to-reach places below the gum line that home care cannot reach.
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How Often Should I Come in For Professional Dental Cleanings?
In general, patients should schedule basic cleaning appointments twice a year. However, it is important to talk to your dentist about your individual dental health needs. When it comes to oral hygiene and checkups, every patient is different and will require a different schedule. Patients with risk factors for developing gum disease may need more frequent cleanings, and diabetic patients often require as many as four cleanings per year to fight back against the attendant oral health difficulties.