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How Often do I Need a Scale and Clean?

woman in a dentist's chairAs a general rule of thumb, people with healthy teeth and gums usually need a scale and clean about every six months. If you’ve struggled with gum disease in the past, your visits are more likely 3-4 months apart. But what would happen if you skipped a cleaning here or there, because of your family’s busy schedule?

You’ll Have More Tartar Buildup

Even if you’re great at brushing and flossing, a small amount of biofilm is usually left behind each day. Within 24 hours those bacteria calcify into tartar (or “calculus”). Regular cleans remove tartar from just below the gums, in hard-to-reach areas.

Skipping a scale and clean appointment means you’ll have even more buildup at the next one, which leads to a host of other problems such as:

  • Gingivitis
  • Gum disease
  • Halitosis (bad breath)
  • Receding gumlines
  • Staining

You’re Putting Yourself at Risk for Tooth Loss

When tartar accumulates along your gums, it starts to work its way down under them and builds up on the roots of the teeth. This process triggers an immune response where the tissues pull away from the infected tooth, leading to bone loss and tooth mobility. If not cleaned thoroughly and the disease process halted, your teeth could lose enough support that they eventually fall out.

Your Overall Health Could Suffer

Did you know that heavy plaque biofilm and active gum disease are directly linked with health problems such as diabetes, infertility and cardiovascular disease? Even if you’re exercising and eating right, having too much buildup on your teeth could be putting your health at risk.

Scheduling regular check and cleans limits the number of bacteria in your mouth and consequently, their risk of spreading into your cardiovascular system.

See Us Twice a Year

Book your six-month checkup before your schedule fills up, so that it doesn’t pass you by unexpectedly. Keeping your smile healthy is easy with the right team on your side! Contact us today.

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