Professional teeth cleanings are scheduled twice a year, while X-rays are normally done once a year. Still, depending on what your dentist or dental hygienist observes in your mouth, they might do other exams during your visit. For children, a dentist may recommend molar sealants to help prevent cavities in hard-to-brush areas.
Whether you need any additional steps or not, the key is to keep going back to the dentist for regular teeth cleanings to prevent problems altogether. Remember, its always better to prevent than cure. By understanding what’s going on in advance, you’ll feel more at ease — and maybe even look forward to these appointments.
How often should you go through a professional dental cleaning?
Dentists, we in our infinite wisdom, have decided, as a group of health care professionals concerned for the health of our patients, that it is in your best interest to come see us every 6 months. Every person, whether you are 5 or 50; whether you have good teeth or not; whether your gums are healthy or not; whether you build up a lot of plaque and tartar or not, whether you are the world’s best brusher and flosser or not. That’s right, everyone needs to see the dentist every 6 months. And we certainly are not about to the reward the patients that brush and floss regularly because the rules are the rules! Dental care is as important as health care!