How Often Do You Need to Get a Teeth Cleaning?

The standard teeth cleaning procedure, or a dental prophylaxis, is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums in order to prevent gingivitis and periodontal disease.

There are quite a few benefits to scheduling a Philadelphia teeth cleaning regularly.

First, the procedure removes plaque. Unfortunately, at-home brushing, washing, and flossing can’t do this alone, since bacteria can add up in gum pockets. If professional plaque removal isn’t addressed in a timely fashion, plaque buildup can cause serious periodontal problems. Fortunately, a professional hygienist, like ours at Dr. Rice’s office, are trained to clean every single crevice in your mouth.

Additionally, regularly scheduled teeth cleanings give you fresh breath. Oftentimes, bad breath, which is also called halitosis, is indicative of advancing periodontal disease. A combination of rotting food particles, potentially below the gum line, and potential gangrene stemming from gum infection, causes nasty breath. Routine removal of bacteria at our Philadelphia dental office can significantly improve your breath and reduce any type of infection.

And of course, you can expect one of the best looking, healthy smiles in Philadelphia. You won’t have stained or yellow teeth, but pearly white teeth. Now, who doesn’t want that?

So how often should you get your teeth cleaned? The American Dental Association recommends patients receive one teeth cleaning per year.

However, every smile is different, and the recommendation isn’t intended to apply to everyone. Those with irregular plaque buildup, for instance, should consider getting their teeth cleaned more than once a year to prevent serious periodontal issues.

If you’re curious about whether your teeth need to be cleaned sooner than later, call (215) 791-8881 to schedule an appointment with our Philadelphia dentist, Dr. Rice, who has over 40 years of experience. Your smile is worth it.