Why Should I Have Dental Cleanings Every 6 Months?
How often do I need to get my teeth cleaned?
Should the “every six months” rule apply to everyone?
How often do you need to get your oil changed? Every 3,000 miles? Or is it every 6,000 miles? Thanks to computers, most cars today will make that determination for you based upon the type of driver and the temperature extremes the car has to endure.
So why is it that you have been told to see the dentist every 6 months (or every 3 months if you have gum disease)? How can it be so for every human, without the predictable variability of life styles and environmental triggers being a factor? Who is saying you have to see the dentist every 6 months?
Well, we do, us dentists. We, in our infinite wisdom have decided, as a group of health care professionals concerned for the health of our patients, that it is in your best interest to come see us every 6 months. Every person, whether you have good teeth or not, whether your gums are healthy or not, whether you build up a lot of plaque and tartar or not, whether you are the world’s best brusher and flosser, or not. That’s right, everyone needs to see the dentist every six months. And we certainly are not about to the reward the patients that brush and floss regularly because the rules are the rules.
If you are not sure if you need dental cleaning today or your teeth are good for now, you can just stop by our dental clinic in Salem MA or schedule a free consultation with our dentist in Salem.