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How Often Do I Need Dental Cleanings?

Routine teeth cleanings are one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from common oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease. 

Even with a good oral hygiene routine, brushing and flossing can only go so far. Just as with your general health, preventive dental care is your best defense against future dental problems.

At Arden Dental Group, our dentists offer a range of general and cosmetic dentistry services at our office in Asheville, North Carolina. 

How often do I need dental cleanings?

The American Dental Association generally recommends that most people go to the dentist for a routine checkup and dental cleaning every six months to a year. But you may need to go more or less frequently depending on your personal risk for periodontal disease. 

If you have a higher than normal risk for developing gum disease or have been treated for it in the past, we may recommend that you schedule a dental cleaning several times a year. 

If it’s been more than a year since your last dental cleaning and checkup, contact us to schedule an appointment today.

Why are dental cleanings necessary?

Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing every day, and eating a healthy diet are the best preventive measures you can take at home to protect your teeth and gums. Dental cleanings are necessary to remove any plaque and tartar buildup that you can’t remove on your own. 

Plaque and tartar can lead to gum disease, which starts out as gingivitis (bleeding, inflamed gums) and can progress to periodontitis and possible tooth loss if left untreated. 

Plaque is a film of bacteria that you can usually remove with regular brushing and flossing. But if not removed, plaque can harden into tartar buildup, which can only be removed with the help of a dental professional.

Gum disease has several stages. We can manage it successfully when we catch and treat it early, so the sooner you visit us at Arden Dental Group, the less likely you’ll be to have permanent damage to the underlying soft tissue that supports your teeth and gums.

In addition to swollen, bleeding gums, here are some of the most common symptoms of gum disease:

  • Bad breath
  • Tooth pain and sensitivity
  • Loose teeth 
  • Receding gums
  • Changes to your bite pattern

Gum disease also causes pockets to develop between your teeth and gums, where bacteria can pool and wreak havoc on your oral health.

Am I at risk for gum disease?

Anyone can develop gum disease, and it’s actually very common. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 47% of American adults have some form of gum disease. The figure jumps to 70% after age 65. 

Poor oral hygiene is the main cause, but factors like having a family history of gum disease, smoking, and having certain health conditions can also play a role.

For more information about dental cleanings and how often you need one, contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Asheville, North Carolina.

Arden Dental Group
✆ Phone (appointments): 828-548-2364
✆ Phone (general inquiries): 828-684-9260
Address: 2160 Hendersonville Rd , Arden, NC 28704
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