You have undoubtedly heard how vital it is to get a professional teeth cleaning to diminish the risk of cavities and gum disease, but how often do you really need to have a cleaning with a dental hygienist? If you have good oral hygiene habits and a healthy mouth, your dentist and dental hygienist will probably suggest professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year.
Many dental insurance policies will cover two cleanings per year, but few people take full advantage of their benefits. The twice-a-year recommendation isn't random; there are good reasons behind it.
How often should I see a dental hygienist to have my teeth cleaned? This is a very good question and one, with variations, that has been asked hundreds of times. The answer to that question varies according to you – your level of oral hygiene, your genetic predisposition to decay or gum disease and any other habits you may have. As a general rule, the intervals that are shown by studies to be optimal are:
6 Monthly: if you have perfect teeth with no restoration and no susceptibility to gum disease
4 Monthly: if your mouth has fillings or crowns or a history of any dental disease
2-3 Monthly: - if you show high susceptibility due to dental disease. This could be due to; your dental history, genetics, dry mouth, pregnancy, active orthodontics, or where teeth have been lost and replaced with implants or there are crowns, bridges or dentures present.
We are individuals and thus our mouths build up tartar and plaque at different rates. For some individuals their tartar build-up starts to form heavily no matter the frequency they clean. These individuals should be seen every 3 – 4 months.