Teeth Cleaning Tacoma, WA

Teeth cleanings should be scheduled with our Tacoma office twice a year. While you’re hear on this visit, our dental hygienist will remove plaque from your teeth, especially where brushing can’t reach such as underneath the gum and in between teeth.  After the dental cleaning is complete we apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.

Fluoride is a relatively recent but important advancement in dental health.  Research shows that a moderate and consistent exposure to fluoride helps to strengthen and rebuild tooth structure and helps in preventing cavities.

Q. How often do I need to get my teeth cleaned?

A. Teeth cleanings are generally scheduled and recommended every 6 months.  However, your hygienist may suggest dental cleanings every 3 to 4 months depending on the condition of your gums.

How often do you really need to go to the dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends visiting the dentist at least twice a year — this is also our recommendation. With that said, you may wonder if this is right and/or necessary for you personally. The short answer is yes, however, a study from the Journal of Dental Research suggests that the frequency of dental visits should be tailored to each person’s risk for periodontal disease.

The findings from the study found that if you are low-risk patient, a yearly prophylactic visit may be sufficient in preventing tooth loss. And, if you are a patient with multiple risk factors, two visits a year might not be enough to reduce tooth loss. Some factors that will make someone high risk are smoking and diabetes.

The study was good for emphasizing the need for personalized care; however, it was criticized for not addressing the subjects’ oral hygiene habits, which is another huge factor to tooth loss. Another point to make is that the study did not address tooth decay and the ideal frequency of dental visits in preventing cavities.

The major take-away from the study is that every patient is different and thus treatment and treatment frequency will be different. Talk to the dentist on your next visit about the best preventative regimen for you and your family.

Keep in mind that South Sound Dental also does other types of dental treatments other than teeth cleaning. Click here to look at all of our dental treatments.