“My dental hygienist told me I need to come in for cleanings more often, but I don’t see why – I’ve come in for regular six-month cleanings my whole life!”
Can you relate to that statement?
The fact is that dental needs change with time. Every patient is a unique case. A dental cleaning is far from a routine procedure that suits everyone equally.
Why might your hygienist recommend that you come for more frequent cleanings?
Difficulty Keeping Teeth Clean
Because of conditions such as arthritis or Parkinson’s, some patients have a hard time keeping their teeth properly cleaned. Certain areas in the mouth may often be missed and so they are more prone to developing disease. Frequent cleanings can keep disease at bay!
Gums Affected By Health Issue
Diseases like diabetes and conditions such as Down’s Syndrome predispose many individuals to gum inflammation. Extra cleanings can keep harmful inflammation to a minimum.
Probably the most common reason for scheduling more frequent cleanings is because of having periodontal treatment completed. Deep root scaling to remove debris and bacteria below the gums is effective in controlling periodontal disease.
After the procedure, however, you need to maintain the health and cleanliness of your gums. The extra cleanings that follow are actually periodontal maintenance appointments. They specifically help you to keep your gums clean after periodontal treatment.
Coming in for dental cleanings on a more frequent basis is a way you can avail yourself of personalized preventive dental care. The point of cleaning your teeth more is to prevent bigger problems from setting in! Talk with your dentist for more information on why the office recommends that you have extra dental cleanings.
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