What is a dental cleaning?

When a hygienist talks about cleaning your teeth, she usually means that she will remove the stains, plaque, and tartar from the exposed portions of your teeth. This is usually done once every three to six months. A cleaning will help a person eliminate inflammation of their gums and treat gingivitis.

How often do I need to have my teeth cleaned?

Different people need cleanings at different intervals. Most people need to have their teeth cleaned twice a year. Some people show greater signs of inflammation and should have their teeth cleaned more frequently. Also, people with greater risk for decay and gum disease should have more frequent cleanings. These include people with braces, dry mouth, and people who have difficulty cleaning their mouth.