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How Often Do You Need to Have Your Teeth Cleaned? The Answer from Kelowna Dentists

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Once a year? Every four months? Or is it six? For some reason, humans have a hard time remembering how often they’re supposed to have their teeth cleaned at the dentist. Here at our Kelowna dental clinic, the answer is always the same: Every six months.

Like many patients, you’re probably thinking, ‘Not me.’ You brush three times a day, and even floss. You eat healthy foods, your teeth are white, and your gums look pretty good.

Well, the rule still applies. Everyone should see their Kelowna dentist for a check-up and cleaning every six months.

Why should you have your teeth cleaned every six months?

  • Home care can’t do it all. If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, it’s critical that you’re brushing, flossing and rinsing every day in addition to eating teeth-friendly foods. Abstaining from alcohol and tobacco helps too. But despite all your own efforts, your teeth still need a cleaning at a Kelowna dental clinic every six months to get rid of the build-up that leads to gum disease which your toothbrush just can’t remove.

 

  • Tartar and plaque build-up. Tartar forms on the teeth within weeks of a cleaning. At the dentist, the skin (pellicle) of your teeth gets polished and removed, but it’s back within days. Plaque then sticks to that skin, and before you know it, you’ve got build-up. A dentist’s professional cleaning removes that soft build-up as well as hard deposits such as tartar and stains. Left un-cleaned, those deposits can lead to periodontal disease.  You might also be at greater risk of a periodontal disease because of your age, a medical condition you have, or how well you take care of your teeth.

    Your dentist has special periodontal treatment tools such as lasers and ultrasonic equipment to help you regain and maintain healthy gums.

 

  • Prevention and screening. When you see Kelowna dentists for a cleaning, they’re not just polishing your teeth to make them look pretty. They’re checking your mouth for signs of gum disease and other oral diseases, such as oral cancer. It’s tough to treat some of these conditions if they’ve been around for a while, so if they can be detected early, you have a better shot at getting your healthy mouth back. Gum disease in particular is 100% preventable, so with regular professional cleanings and the proper home care, you won’t have to worry about it.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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