Many ask how frequently they should get their teeth cleaned. Some have heard that they should get their teeth cleaned every two months, whereas others have been told that once every six months is enough.
The answer to this question varies depending on the individual. If a person has healthy gums and they are committed to their oral hygiene program, it may be enough for them to get their teeth cleaned every six months, or in some cases once every year. There are other patients who have unhealthy gums and may not be as committed to their oral health routine as they should be. For this reason, a dentist may recommend that a patient get their teeth cleaned once every two or three months.
This is especially the case for patients who show signs of gum disease. Some dentists recommend that patients who have gum disease get their teeth cleaned every single month for a period of between 3 to 6 months. Once the gums have had a chance to heal, and once a dentist sees that a patient is able to keep their gums healthy on their own, they may recommend extending the time between appointments to once every three or six months.
There is no one-size-fits-all prescription for dental cleaning. A dentist will have to vary their recommendations on a case-by-case basis. They will do this after evaluating the health of their patient’s gums as well as their patient’s ability to maintain their oral hygiene routine at home.