How often do I need my teeth cleaned?
With good oral hygiene habits and a normally healthy mouth, Dr. Jones and Dr. McQuigg typically suggest a professional cleaning, or a prophylaxis, by one of our exceptional hygienists at least twice a year. The goal of regular dental cleanings is to remove plaque, tarter, and any stains that may have accumulated on the teeth, as wells as to prevent and treat gum disease. Even with the best at-home oral hygiene habits, tarter and plaque can still develop.
Sometimes it is necessary to do a “deeper” cleaning, known as scaling and root planing. A regular prohylaxis focuses on the surface and in between the teeth, and stays above the gum line. A scaling and root planning cleaning is needed in order to remove any bacteria and calculus that may have collected under the gum line and on the surface of the roots of your teeth. This deeper cleaning is the best way to treat gum disease, and helps prevent bone loss, which can loosen the teeth and causing them to become mobile.
At Oakwood Dental, we have a highly trained staff of hygienists that are here to help educate you on your oral hygiene and help maintain a healthy smile.