How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?

Why not take self-isolation as an opportunity to brush up on your dental knowledge? Today’s subject courtesy of Canmore Smiles is professional dental cleaning.

When it comes to your oral health, professional dental cleanings play a vital role. In general, the Canadian Dental Association recommends that you get your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. However, your dentist may advise you to visit more frequently if:

  • You don’t have good oral hygiene habits
  • Your teeth are prone to excessive tartar buildup
  • Your diet is rich in sweet or acidic food and drinks
  • You have a history of tooth decay or gum disease
  • You smoke or chew tobacco products


Since everyone’s oral needs are different, speak with your dentist to establish a professional cleaning schedule that’s right for you.


The Benefits of Professional Dental Cleanings

Professional dental cleanings help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. While regular brushing and flossing can remove plaque from your teeth, tartar is nearly impossible to get rid of at home. Only a dentist can remove tartar from your gum line.

During your dental cleaning, your dentist will also examine your teeth, gums and mouth. This is crucial to assessing your oral health and identifying early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer. If you’ve previously had a filling, crown or root canal, your dentist will also check the condition of these restorations.


Caring for Your Teeth Between Appointments

Although it’s generally recommended that you get your teeth professionally cleaned every six months, there are steps you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy, thereby preventing the need for more frequent appointments. A good oral hygiene routine should ensure you:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day using a floss pick or threader if necessary
  • Limit your consumption of sugary and acidic food and beverages
  • Avoid smoking or chewing tobacco products


Additionally, by having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis as recommended by your dentist, you’re less likely to develop oral health concerns that require follow-up consultations.


How Can the Dentists at Canmore Smiles Help?

At Canmore Smiles, we’re committed to helping you keep your teeth clean and your smile healthy. We offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative dentistry services in addition to professional cleanings and dental exams. For more information, or to schedule an appointment at our Canmore clinic, contact us today.