How Often Should You Clean Your Teeth and Why?

How Often Should You Clean Your Teeth and Why?

Posted by DENTAL CONCEPTS on Nov 10 2021, 05:44 AM

How Often Should You Clean Your Teeth and Why?

One of the most important things you can do to support your overall dental health is to have your teeth professionally cleaned regularly. Professional cleaning is part of a regular dental checkup, which should be done twice a year. 

Even if you believe your teeth are clean, a comprehensive examination by a dental professional is required to be certain, as the early stages of gum disease or tooth decay are often difficult to detect.

For the best results in preserving your oral health, visit Dental Concepts in Homewood or Chicago, Illinois, once every six months, or sooner if Dr. Moore advises it.

Why Do I Need to Get My Teeth Cleaned Regularly?

While we all try our best to keep our teeth clean, professional teeth cleanings help eliminate plaque and tartar that we can't get to on our own. This soft buildup is composed of billions of different species of bacteria that live and reproduce in our mouths by feeding on the food we eat.

Most bacteria exist in our bodies without creating any problems. However, when certain bacteria in dental plaque multiply, they can cause cavities or gum disease. A dental cleaning will significantly reduce the amount of plaque and calculus in your mouth, minimizing your chances of developing cavities or gum disease.

How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?

How often you should get your teeth cleaned depends on the specific oral concerns you are facing, as each patient is unique. Some people are simply more prone to dental problems, requiring more frequent visits to our dental clinic. 

Others may have little or no dental issues, which means they will need to get their teeth cleaned less frequently. Generally, patients should schedule a professional dental cleaning once every six months.

How Do I Maintain the Health of My Teeth and Gums?

It is simple to maintain your mouth clean and healthy. Most dental issues can be avoided with a simple routine that includes:

  • Brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste regularly (twice each day)
  • Cleaning the areas between your teeth at least once a day using floss
  • Consuming sugary foods and beverages less frequently
  • Scheduling regular dental examinations and cleanings every 6 months 


At Dental Concepts in Homewood, Illinois, and Chicago, Illinois, we provide the best dental care available today. To learn more about our services, contact our Chicago dental office at (773) 374-9778, our Homewood dental office at (708) 914-4381, or schedule an online consultation.

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