Robert A Foster, Jr


Family and Cosmetic Dentistry


1230 Johnson Ferry Place

Suite C-10

Marietta, GA 30068

Frequency of Professional Tooth Cleaning

The frequency of professional teeth cleaning depends on the health of your teeth and gums, for example healthy children and adults should have their teeth cleaned at least twice a year.  If you’re a smoker or have a tendency to get gum infections you should visit your dentist more often. It’s a good idea to actually ask your dentist how often you should visit their office.

The old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is an extremely wise piece of advice when it comes to your oral health. When dental problems are detected and treated early, the damage is not nearly as severe and the problem is much simpler to remedy.  Small cavities can grow and necessitate the need for a root canal or, if left untreated for an extended period of time, can destroy a tooth completely.  Likewise, when plaque and tartar build-up are left on your teeth’s crowns and roots for too long then gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone see the dentist for a regular dental cleaning and check up every six months.   

Good oral hygiene consists of several aspects that are all important in their own right. Home care should consist of a minimum of brushing your teeth twice a day, after meals, and regular flossing of your teeth.  Brushing your tongue will also help to prevent the buildup of food and plaque and associated halitosis.  Your diet plays an important role in you oral health as well.  Frequent intake of sugary or acid-containing foods is detrimental to your teeth.  Remember that it’s not the amount, but rather the frequency that is the most damaging.  Lastly, regular professional dental cleaning and accompanying exam are important because there simply is no substitute for a good professional cleaning.