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How Often Is a Dental Cleaning Necessary? May 30, 2017

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How Often Is a Dental Cleaning Necessary?, Pittsford, New York

Dental cleanings give your teeth and gums the deep clean they need to remain healthy, strong, and cavity-free. Routine teeth cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, the hardened form of plaque that forms under the gumline and damages the gums. How often you require a dental cleaning depends on your overall oral health; however, the standard is once or twice a year.

Semi-Annual or Annual Visits

dental cleaningSemi-annual or annual dental cleanings are generally recommended if you take excellent care of your oral health at home and do not engage in habits that promote gum disease and cavity formation, such as smoking cigarettes or eating sticky candy on a regular basis. Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice daily and flossing once a day in addition to drinking plenty of water and enjoying a healthy, varied diet usually mean seeing your dental hygienist once or twice a year is enough. However, your hygienist and dentist will recommend a teeth cleaning schedule for you.

Three to Six Months

You may require dental cleanings every three to six months if you struggle with gingivitis or gum disease. Regular cleanings help reverse the symptoms of both issues to prevent problems such as gum recession, nerve root exposure, and eventually bone loss. Dental cleanings on a more routine basis are recommended if you have health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, as both are linked to oral health complications. More frequent cleanings are also recommended if you do not plan on giving up tobacco.


Determine the best dental cleaning schedule for your oral health needs with the dentists at Finger Lakes Periodontics. Drs. Gabriela Ciornei, DDS, and Sean W. Meitner, DDS, provide the Greater Rochester, NY, area  along with Finger Lakes and The Southern Tier Areas, with the highest standard of care and are always ready to help patients take charge of their dental health. Call (314) 789-2389 to schedule an appointment or visit the practice’s website to learn more about available services.

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