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How Often Should I Have My Teeth Cleaned?

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Do you really need to schedule a scale and clean every six months? For most people (with healthy teeth and gums) a cleaning twice a year is best. But if you have a history of gum disease, you may need to have your teeth cleaned as frequently as every 3-4 months.

The frequency of your cleans depend on a variety of factors, such as:


 Gum Attachment Levels

If gingivitis has the opportunity to expand into gum disease, it causes the tissues to detach from your teeth. Over time “pockets” develop under the gums and lead to bone loss. Since regular brushing and flossing can’t clean down into these deep pockets, you need to have them professionally cleaned so that the condition doesn’t worsen.

Your Medical History

Having underlying health issues, such as diabetes, can make you more prone to gum problems and premature tooth loss. If your blood sugar levels are hard to manage, you may need more frequent cleanings as the two go hand in hand.

If You Get Heavy Stain and Tartar Buildup

Some people’s diet and metabolism make them prone to thicker stain or tartar deposits on their teeth. This situation can lead to noticeable aesthetic challenges as well as bad breath, so you may want to book an extra clean each year.

Orthodontic Patients

With extra appliances attached to your teeth, it’s easy to accidentally leave plaque in places it ought not to be. When biofilm builds up around your brackets, it can cause demineralization in your enamel and unsightly “white circles.” Adding an extra cleaning during your orthodontic treatment can keep your smile healthy and white.

Dental Checkups in Somerville

Book your next scale and clean at Somersmiles Dental. We offer flexible scheduling for the entire family!