Dr. Darien Ephram, DDS
General and Cosmetic Dentistry

How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

The American Dental Association guidelines recommend professional dental cleanings every six months. These visits are very important and work hand-in-hand with your oral hygiene routine, which should include brushing twice a day and flossing one to two times per day. Depending on various factors, some individuals benefit from more frequent hygiene visits, often three or four times per year. These determinations are made at a general dental checkup.

Even if you feel that your teeth are getting clean enough at home, regular dental checkup visits are important to be certain that your teeth and surrounding gums are healthy. Only a skilled dental hygienist or dentist can make sure your teeth and gums are healthy and that you aren't developing any problems that you may not be able to see or feel.

If you have a history of periodontal (gum) disease, our hygienist will most likely recommend more frequent cleanings to reduce the risk of further infection. Patients with conditions like diabetes or heart disease also need to have more frequent cleanings. Dr. Ephram and your dental hygienist will recommend a schedule of cleanings that’s based on your needs.


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