How to Decide?
Answer the following questions:
- Do your gums bleed occasionally, particularly when you are cleaning them?
- Do you feel a foul taste in your mouth or feel like you suffer from bad breath?
- Do you suffer from sensitive or loose teeth?
- Can you see stains or buildups on your teeth?
- Do you sometimes forget to brush or floss your teeth?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with gum disease before?
- Do you have very crooked teeth that makes it hard to clean them?
- If there a history of tooth loss in your immediate family?
- Has it been over a year since your last dental cleaning?
If you answered “yes” to most of the above questions then it’s probably time to see your dentist for a cleaning. You really shouldn’t go more than one year without a dental cleaning, although most dentists recommend every 6 months.
If you answered “no” to most of the above questions then maybe you can wait a few more months. But make sure to discuss with your dentist about how frequently you should present for your dentist cleanings as only your dentist can determine this for you.
The main reason we like you to maintain regular dental cleanings is to avoid developing gum disease and needing deep cleanings. Gum disease can creep on you with little to no symptoms and it may occur at any age. Some people have great teeth but bad gums and they avoid going to the dentist for years. Once they finally do show up for their cleaning they find themselves diagnosed with advanced stages of gum disease. Sometimes it may even be too late and they have to remove multiple teeth.
Don’t forget that gum disease affecting the jawbone is an irreversible condition and once you lose the supporting tissue and bone it can not be regrown. If you have symptoms of gum disease you should run to see your dentist for a cleaning right away. The symptoms may include the following. But even without any obvious symptoms you should still consider getting your gums examined regularly to ensure that you aren’t building up tartar and calculus or developing gum disease.