Questions and Answers about Dental Cleanings

Prophylaxis/Dental Cleanings: Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How often do I need to get my teeth cleaned?

A: We try to provide individualized care for all of our patients. So it all depends on your oral hygiene and level of disease activity. We see most of our patients every 6 months.  Some of our patients, for example those who have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, we see either every 3 or 4 months. It all depends what is best for your specific oral health situation.

Question: Do you always take x-rays when I get my teeth cleaned?

A: No, we always take x-rays based on an individual risk assessment. The most common x-rays are bitewings, the cavity detection radiographs. They allow us to see in between your teeth and to detect cavities before they potentially turn into root canals. They also enable us to monitor any gum tissue disease (periodontal disease) activity.