Why Visiting the Dentist Every 6 Months for a Cleaning is Essential

Having clean teeth is important for several reasons. Good oral hygiene provides you with a nice smile, reduces bad breath, and prevents tooth decay and other oral health issues. Good cleaning involves brushing twice per day, flossing once per day, and visiting the dentist for a professional cleaning on a regular basis.

Visiting the dentist for a cleaning is something that many people try to avoid. Bad memories from childhood, busy lifestyles, or careful budgeting often cause people to delay their routine cleanings by months, or even years.

But getting your teeth cleaned by a professional dentist is essential, and in this article we’ll talk about several benefits of a regular cleaning.


How often do I really need to visit the dentist?

Why are Routine Visits Important?

The ADA recommends regular dental cleanings. For most people this means every 6 months. For some adults in their 20s or 30s, a regular visit might only mean every 12 months because they have good oral health history, eat healthy foods, and brush and floss regularly. Other adults who have chronic dental problems, eat lots of sugar, or smoke might need to visit every 3 months.

On average, however, we find that 6 months is the right amount of time for most patients. When you visit the dentist for a cleaning, you’ll receive the following benefits...


Remove plaque

Plaque is a sticky substance that forms in the mouth from food, saliva, and bacteria. Plaque sticks to teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing on a regular basis will help prevent plaque build up, but some parts of your mouth might be harder for you to clean at home. Over time, that plaque can build up and cause serious damage, but a regular cleaning will help remove the excess plaque from your teeth.


Remove tartar

Tartar, also called calculus, is plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface and is difficult to remove. Like plaque, tartar can cause tooth decay and irritate your gums, even leading to gum disease. It can also change the way your teeth look because it stains so easily. Unlike plaque, tartar can only be removed by a professional hygienist/dentist.

We use special tools and a process called scaling to remove tartar. If tartar is left untreated, it can lead to cavities and gum disease, so it is very important to get it removed often.


Polish and remove stains

If you’d like to keep your teeth white, then you need to visit the dentist for a regular cleaning. Not only do we remove things like tartar that hold the stain, but we also polish your teeth to help remove existing stains. Regular dental cleanings can give you pride in your smile.


Prevent problems from occurring

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Many patients wait to visit the dentist until they’re experiencing sensitive or painful teeth. Unfortunately, it is often too late. Regular dental cleanings enable us to recognize and prevent many oral health problems like cavities, gum disease, or tooth decay.

Several steps can be taken to prevent those problems. First, we can remove/clean the cause of the problem right away. Second, we can discuss changing your toothbrushing habits or your diet. Third, we can recommend simple treatments like fluoride rinses. Fourth, we can keep an eye on it during future visits to ensure the treatments are making a difference and the problem isn’t getting worse.


Start treatment early

Although we aim to prevent everything, some people will still experience oral health issues. Even if we’re too late to prevent an oral health problem, treating it early can save you significant time and money. For instance, fixing a small cavity is much easier than removing a tooth and replacing it with an implant.


Discover other health-related issues

Did you know that several health problems, including stress, diabetes, acid reflux, and oral cancer can be identified by your dentist? Many of these issues cause symptoms that can be identified by your dentist before anyone else. Visiting the dentist for a cleaning every 6 months provides a regular opportunity to identify health problems before they become difficult or impossible to treat.


When was your last visit to the dentist office?

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If it’s been a long time since your last visit to the dentist, then there is no time like the present to schedule a cleaning. If you’re in the Albany, Georgia area then we recommend contacting us to schedule a professional cleaning.

We will remove plaque and tartar build up, polish your teeth for a clean smile, give your mouth a good inspection to ensure no oral or general health issues exist, and we’ll discuss any necessary treatments as early as possible.

We hope to see you soon!


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Do you still need to visit a dentist twice a year?
How often should you go to the dentist?
Common Questions about going to the dentist