3, 4, 6, 12…..How many months between your professional cleanings? This is a very interesting subject and there seems to be a lot of questions about this from patients, hygienists, and even dentists. The answer is………the interval that helps the patient maintain a healthy, disease free mouth. In reality this could mean you should have your teeth cleaned every month or once a year. It depends on you and your committment to a healthy mouth!

Most people are aware of the idea that you should see your dentist 2x/year. Most people and dental personnel do not even know where that idea first started. 1948 a Pepsodent commercial said to “brush twice a day and see your dentist twice a year.” It wasn’t a dentist that came up with that but New York Ad men. So here we are +60 years later and twice a year is still the norm. Even insurance companies has bought into that idea without scientific data.

The reality for the proper interval really comes down to how well the patient does their homecare. If you floss BEFORE you brush with a fluoridated toothpaste and do that at least twice a day you probably would need to come in once or twice a year. I have patients that need to come in only 1 time a year beacuse they do such a great job on their own.

If your dentist recommends that you come in every 3 or 4 months that is either due to poor health habits (you need to work harder!), existing periodontal disease, or a combination of both. It is important for every patient to take responsibility for their own health since the hygienist can’t go home with you to clean your teeth for you!

A little “elbow grease” goes a long way to keep your mouth healthy, have fresh breath, and a radiant smile!! We love to work with people who are interested in their health and well-being and love to teach proper techniques, including the proper use of electirc tooth brushes compared to manual ones. Keep Them Clean & Keep Smiling!!!!!!!!