How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned? | The Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings
You’ve likely heard that you should get your teeth cleaned every six months to keep your oral hygiene in peak condition. But where does that number come from? Does it ring true for everyone?
The History Behind the Six-Month Rule
The most famous dental advice, ironically, comes from a marketing campaign and not a dentist.
Pepsodent Tooth Paste sponsored radio shows, including “The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope.” The series began airing in 1938 and ran for approximately 10 years on NBC. A decade after Claude Hopkins (who built his reputation by turning previously unknown products including Quaker Oats, and Goodyear Tires into household names) released his nationwide Pepsodent ad campaign, over 65% of Americans had a tube of Pepsodent in their medicine chests.
In the 40s, going to the dentist was something most people only did when they were already experiencing pain. But the Pepsodent ad decreed that viewers should brush twice a day and see their dentist twice a year. By the end of World War II, the US military downgraded concerns about recruits’ teeth because so many soldiers started brushing their teeth every day!
So How Often Should You Get Your Teeth Cleaned, Really?
Research on the frequency of cleaning is inconclusive because oral hygiene is different from person to person. The simple answer is that you should have your teeth cleaned as often as your dentist or oral hygienist recommends. This can depend on several factors, from smoking to diabetes to genetics to oral hygiene dedication.
Even if you practice excellent dental care at home, plaque reformation before six months is inevitable. Plaque and bacteria re-colonize in your mouth within 48 hours of a cleaning. The longer it stays, the more it calcifies and clings to your teeth. Once it’s calcified it must be removed with the special tools and skills of your dentist.
Visiting your dentist frequently can also help diagnose early signs of dental issues like receding gums, new cavities, oral cancer, or anemia. And since periodontitis (gum disease) is directly linked with cardiovascular disease, catching and treating it helps you lower your risk of heart attack or stroke.
Good oral hygiene helps prevent cavities, tartar buildup, and gum disease. While the exact number of teeth cleanings you need may vary, you’re much less likely to experience issues by having your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year.
Cleanings are essential to your oral health and your overall well-being. Dr. Arredondo at Dr. Dondo Dental Excellence supports good oral hygiene through the development of healthy dental habits. Contact Dr. Dondo Dental Excellence today to schedule your next teeth cleaning
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