How often do I need to get my teeth cleaned?

dental examsMany dentists in the United States, including the dentists at Miro Dental Centers, typically recommend that adults visit their dentist for a professional dental cleaning every six months.  However, we recommend that our patients with specific conditions such as diabetes, early stages of gum disease, or heavy plaque buildup come in for more frequent cleanings.  In addition, older adults may have more frequent cleanings since they are at higher risk for oral infections.

“Why do I need a professional teeth cleaning if I brush regularly?”

Great question!  If you don’t come in for a professional dental cleaning, your teeth and gums will be vulnerable to the bacteria and plaque buildup that can cause tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.  Regular brushing and flossing is an excellent way to help keep teeth and gums healthy, but the specialized instruments and expertise that dental hygienists have allow them to remove plaque and tartar on your teeth that you aren’t able to do at home.

During the professional cleanings and dental exam, one of our dental hygienists will use handheld tools to clean the surface of each of your teeth.  He or she will apply a special paste and brush each tooth, followed by flossing.  During the cleaning, the hygienist will identify any areas of concern, ensuring that any potential oral health problems are resolved before they become serious.

After your dental cleaning every six months, it’s important to continue brushing regularly after meals (at least twice a day) and flossing daily.  Eating healthy foods and avoid candy and tobacco will benefit you in the long term.  Regular brushing and flossing will not only help you maintain a beautiful smile, but it can also help protect against heart disease and other medical conditions.

How many months has it been since your last visit? 

Contact us today at 305-442-7444 to set up your next dental visit.

Miro Dental Center

Dr. Claudio Miro and associates have been treating patients in the greater Miami area for over 30 years. As a team, we believe that the patient is of upmost importance at every level.   We take pride in the care we provide to our patients at Miro Dental Centers. We take the time to make sure our patients are fully informed and are given all treatment options.  Our goal is to the provide our patients with optimal oral health by using state of the art technology. With the dental field rapidly advancing, we are always looking for new and innovative treatments to serve our patients. We provide all types of services, including dental cleanings, orthodontics, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery and cosmetic dentistry.

If you have questions about your dental health or would like to schedule an appointment at our dental offices in Coral GablesKendallHialeah, or Pembroke Pines, please contact us today at 305-442-7444.

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