Have you ever wondered how your hygienist determines how often you should have your teeth cleaned? Well… it is not due to the insurance you have. As hygienists we don’t know the details of your insurance; we base our recommendations purely on our clinical findings and your individual needs.
We start with your health history. If you smoke or have an autoimmune disease, diabetes, a heart condition or take several medications your mouth needs to be cleaner and healthier just to have better overall health.
Next, we look at how much debris you have on your teeth and how your gums have reacted to it. If your gums bleed, you need your teeth cleaned more frequently.
We often measure the depth of the periodontal pockets between your teeth and gums – if the pockets are deeper than 3 millimeters you need to have your teeth cleaned more often.
If you have crowns or bridges which are prone to cavities you also need to have your teeth cleaned more often.
So there are many variables that we consider. The next time you are in to see your hygienist you can discuss the frequency of your cleanings with them. There is a secret you should know though; you can help with this. If you floss daily, brush daily with a soft brush (firmer ones scrape through the plaque while softer ones actually remove it), use a fluoridated or antimicrobial mouthwash and live a healthy lifestyle, you can significantly increase the time between your cleanings!
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