Keep your mouth healthy with frequent cleanings

Rountine dental cleanings are recommended every 6 months for the majority of our patients and for those dealing with periodontal disease (Gum disease) it is ideal for cleanings every 3 months for the proper maintenance and control of the disease process.

Why every 3 months? Well, periodontal disease is a chronic, noncurable bacterial infection that requires ongoing therapy. The magic number for when the harmful bacteria start colonizing the tooth surface is 12 weeks or 3 months. Therefore, with the proper maintenance schedule, the patient can be healed (not cured) and the disease can be stabilized. However, just like patients dealing with high blood pressure and diabetes, without the proper treatment, the signs and symptoms of the disease will return and the patient’s health (or dental health) will potentially deteriorate.

Cleanings are only the first step towards a beautiful healthy smile. During a cleaning, our excellent hygienists will remove all the tough plaque buildup consisting of food debris and bacteria that cannot be mechanically cleaned off with your toothbrush and floss. Overtime, plaque hardens into a cement like substance called calculus that can only be removed with dental instrumentation.

The final step towards a healthy smile is home care.  Effective daily home care consists of flossing once per day and brushing twice daily for two minutes each time. These recommendations will effectively reduce the bacterial levels in the mouth that cause tooth decay and gum disease.