Cleaning your teeth every day at home is super important, but remember: it's just one component of a successful routine. Regularly visiting Dr. Tinkle for exams and cleanings will help keep your mouth in tip-top shape. That's because Dr. Tinkle uses professional tools that remove plaque, tartar and bacteria build-up that you're typically unable to remove by yourself. Integrating daily flossing and brushing with annual or bi-annual dental visits will help defend your mouth from decay, tooth loss and gum disease.
How often you should get your teeth cleaned depends on the state your ivories are in. Visiting Dr. Tinkle at least once a year is a smart move. But if you've ever had gum disease, you should aim for more than one professional cleaning per year. This will stop the disease and infections from recurring. If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes or heart disease, you should also make sure you get your teeth cleaned more often since there are links between these diseases and tooth problems. If you smoke, the best way to have a healthier mouth is to give up cigarettes all together -- they're infamous for permanently staining teeth and instigating other gum and tooth problems. If you don't want to quit smoking, you should definitely get your teeth cleaned a couple times a year.
When you come to Belmont Family Dental, Dr. Tinkle will use the results from your comprehensive exam to customize an oral health care plan that best suits your needs. This plan will include the suggested amount of cleanings you should receive each year.