The Dental Health Center

Why do I need cleanings every three months instead of every six months?

If you want to avoid problems by maintaining good oral health, preventive dental cleanings are essential. The general recommendation by the American Dental Association is to have cleanings every six months. But each of our patients is unique, and if Dr. Seger suggests more frequent intervals, it’s because they're needed to help you stay a step ahead of gum disease and tooth decay.

During a professional cleaning, our dental hygienist uses specialized dental instruments to get in the tiny spaces between your teeth and gently clear away plaque and tartar that your toothbrush can’t reach. If we don’t routinely remove this debris, it attracts bacteria that increase your risk of decay and gum disease.

For patients with a history of gum disease, we usually recommend cleanings at three to four-month intervals to help ensure that gum disease does not progress or recur. If you experience rapid tartar buildup, you will require more frequent cleanings.

Dr. Seger and our team are committed to helping you achieve and maintain excellent oral health. Our personalized treatment plans take your unique needs into account, and sometimes that involves more frequent dental cleanings.

If you have questions or would like to schedule your next exam and cleaning, please call The Dental Health Center, and we will be happy to assist you.