Regular dental check-ups are important because they help keep your teeth and gums healthy. You should have a dental visit at least every six months or as recommended by your dental professional.
The dental cleaning process
The dentist uses a mirror to check your teeth and gums for any signs of gingivitis, cavities or other potential concerns.
Removing plaque and tartar
The dentist uses a scaler to remove tartar between your teeth and around your gum line.
Gritty toothpaste cleaning
The dentist then uses a gritty toothpaste and a high-powered electric brush to deep clean and remove any tartar left behind from the scaler. The dentist gritty consistency of the toothpaste gently scrubs your teeth.
Your dentist can floss deep in between your teeth and pinpoint any potential trouble areas where you might bleed at the gums.
Lastly, you rinse out your mouth to get rid of any debris. Your dentist will usually give you a rinse that contains liquid fluoride.
How often should I have a cleaning done?
For most people, getting a dental cleaning twice a year is sufficient. On the other hand, if you smoke, have diabetes, a weakened immune system, are prone to getting cavities, or currently have gum disease, your dentist may ask you to come in more frequently.