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    How Often Should I Get My Teeth Cleaned?


    teeth cleaning hammond dentistIt is often recommended that you visit your oral hygienist at least twice a year, every six months. There is a good reason for this twice annual visit and care recommendation.

    The professional teeth cleaning you receive twice a year helps to prevent cavities and gum disease. This will help you keep your teeth healthy throughout your life and make sure that you have most, if not all, your real teeth when you are in your elderly years.

    But the question is, does twice a year really help that much? Or should you consider going more often?

    Many dental insurances only cover two visits a year. Any more than that will require you to pay for the visit out of pocket, unless you have dual coverage. There is no need to go more than twice a year if you follow the advice of brushing your teeth in the morning and evening, and after every meal, as well as flossing after every meal. There are reasons to go more often though.

    You may need to see the dentist more often if you produce a high amount of saliva that can actually work against your oral health as opposed to helping. Usually the flow of saliva helps to clean sugars and food away from your teeth, preventing tooth decay and cavities. But if you produce too much saliva, your mouth may create more tartar or plaque. Cleanings more than twice a year can help keep your teeth free of these issues, but again, only if you have dual coverage.

    The purpose of a teeth cleaning is to remove the bacteria left in your mouth from the food and beverages you eat and drink every day. The deeper cleaning will remove the bacteria at the base of your teeth, close to the gums, and between the teeth.

    Your oral hygienist will use special tools specifically designed to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. The older tools would scrape tartar and plaque from the teeth. Newer tools use an appropriately high pressure water stream to remove the bacteria. They will review the proper technique for flossing and brushing and answer any questions you may have regarding your oral health.

    After your cleaning and x-rays, you will most likely speak to your dentist who will review the x-rays with you and advise you of any concerns he may have regarding your oral health.

    Though you have just had your teeth cleaned, within 24 to 48 hours plaque begins forming again. By the time your next appointment comes around, despite the attention you give your oral health, some plaque will have turned into tartar. As long as you maintain the routine of brushing your teeth often and flossing, you may find that your next cleaning will be easier and there won’t be as much work done by your hygienist.

    Maintaining good oral health is important to keep your teeth healthy and your breath smelling good. Your hygienist will most likely also recommend that you brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove additional bacteria from those areas that will cause bad breath.

    Another benefit of having bi-annual cleanings is reducing your chances of heart attack and stroke. Gum disease has been connected to cardiovascular disease. Catching it early gives you a healthier body overall. Oral health has been linked to your body health.

    Make sure to visit your oral hygienist and dentist at least twice a year to maintain your oral health and prevent issues in the future. They will both be happy to answer any questions you may have and suggest actions for you to take that will improve your health.


Advanced Dental Concept Google Reviews

Advanced Dental Concepts
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4.9 out of 5 stars

Gracie Franklin
Gracie Franklin

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

I was looking for a dentist near me and my sister recommended Advanced Dental Concept! My whole experience was good. I was treated nicely the moment I walked in. The place was welcoming and the staff was friendly. I had my check up there and will come back for my teeth whitening treatment!

Catherine Pearson
Catherine Pearson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I found the right orthodontist for me here in Hammond, LA here at this dental facility. When it comes to oral health, I really want the best and I really did search the city for the best ortho for me. When I got here, I am so happy and relieved that I finally found the one for me. She was very attentive and she made me feel very comfortable. The treatment is also very effective and now I have straight,white teeth!

Jacklyn Myers
Jacklyn Myers

4 out of 5 stars

posted 2 months ago

I was advised to see an orthodontist to correct my bite. I am glad I saw your website and read some of the reviews. By reading those customers testimonials, I decided to go visit your dentist and I am not disappointed by the service you have given me. Added factors are the place is clean and well maintained.

Tayler Evans
Tayler Evans

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

THE DENTISTS AND STAFF ARE AMAZING! I haven't been to the dentist in 10+ years because my last visit was so traumatizing. Recently my tooth broke and another was fractured due to me constantly grinding them in my sleep. I couldn't have wished for better service. They were so nice and kind to me. The dentist kept me informed of everything that was going on while she was doing it. The office was really clean and comfortable. I even got a call a few days later to see how I was doing and was informed that I could come in for a follow up appointment to check the healing process free of charge! I would definitely recommend them and will be going back on a regular basis. Extremely satisfied customer....Donna Evans

Jesse Scott
Jesse Scott

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

I had my dental implant done here and I was able to save money since I grabbed their new patient special promo! It was a wise decision and a great offer for new patients like me!

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