Few general dental services are as beneficial as regular checkups and cleanings. When combined with excellent oral care at home, your professional cleanings and checkups can reduce the chance of serious dental issues and minimize the costs for your dental care. At Rolling Hills Dentistry, we strongly recommend our patients come in at least once a year for checkups and twice a year for cleanings.
While home brushing and flossing can minimize the amount of plaque and tartar on your teeth, it is unlikely you can remove all the plaque, which can harden into tartar. Professional cleanings can remove the accumulated tartar to prevent gum infection that can lead to periodontal disease. Regular professional cleanings are the best way to prevent gum disease which is the main cause of tooth loss and a risk factor in many serious health problems. Most adults should have cleanings twice a year, with more frequent cleanings needed for those at higher risks for gum disease.