Your oral health is built on practicing good oral hygiene. That calls for twice-day tooth brushing, daily flossing, and a six-monthly dental cleaning appointment.

But why do you need a teeth cleaning if you already brush and floss? Do you actually require twice-yearly visits to the dentist?

And the answer is YES for the majority of the time. Here are a few justifications for scheduling a six-month dental checkup.

Ways to Keep Your Teeth Durable


Brushing and flossing your teeth on your own is essential for preventing tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque, the slick film you feel on your teeth in the morning, forms naturally every day, and the only way to remove it is to brush and floss. Bacteria will consume plaque and produce acids that will wear down your teeth and gums if you do not brush and floss.

Tartar is a tougher substance that cannot be removed with at-home dental hygiene practices when plaque accumulates over time. Even if you are a diligent flosser and brusher, there may be areas of your teeth that are hard to get to where plaque can accumulate over time and harden into tartar. The next stage before gum disease and cavities is tartar.

Our dentists have the equipment, solutions, and methods required to completely remove all of the plaque and tartar from your teeth during professional teeth cleaning. To maintain the health of your smile, we will thoroughly clean your teeth.

Prevent or detect Serious Oral Health Issues

Our dentists will not simply clean a patient's teeth and send them on their way after scheduling teeth cleaning with them. We'll use this opportunity to conduct an oral examination on our patient.

We'll use dental X-rays during an oral examination to look for oral health issues like bone abnormalities, impacted teeth, and cysts. We usually take new X-rays every two to five years, so during the interim, your Ottawa Family Dentist will still examine your mouth and use your old X-rays as a guide for what issues to look for.

Dental examinations are an excellent, non-invasive way to identify major oral health issues before they worsen. Dental preventive care is what this is. For instance, by going to the dentist every six months, you'll have a greater chance of identifying any gum disease symptoms while they're still treatable. 

Additionally, we'll be able to monitor any emerging problems, such as watching the eruption of your wisdom teeth to see whether or not extraction is necessary. In the long term, preventive dentistry will save you time and money.

Obtain Cosmetic Dentistry Advice from a Trustworthy Source

There's a lot you can do on your own to improve the appearance of your smile, especially when it comes to teeth whitening. But wouldn't you rather talk to a professional before trying expensive product after expensive product in the hopes of finding one that works?

You can ask an expert about the best way to improve your smile through cosmetic dentistry by scheduling teeth cleaning every six months. 

We can schedule another appointment to whiten your teeth with a stronger product than what you'd find in the store, or we can tell you about other options for brightening your smile that you may not have considered before, such as porcelain veneers.

The One Who Is Not the Rule

You probably noticed that we stated at the outset of this post that, for the most part, you should visit the Ottawa Dentists every six months. Who is the anomaly in this case?

In the end, it boils down to what your dentist suggests for your particular situation. In some instances, if your oral health is in good shape, our dentists may advise you to visit us just once a year. Likewise, if you have a persistent oral health issue, our dentists could advise you to visit us more regularly than every six months.

Make Your Appointment Today for Teeth Cleaning

In general, dentists recommend that you have your teeth cleaned by a dental professional every six months. Our Ottawa teeth cleaning dentists can help you protect your smile and keep your oral health in good shape. Get in touch with us today for your appointment.