This is a great question, and the answer may surprise you. Most people think that dental cleanings every six months are sufficient. While this may be true for a great many people, the proper frequency of preventive cleaning appointments is only something that can be decided by your dentist.
If you have healthy gums and no ongoing dental conditions that Dr. Kai is monitoring, six-month visits will probably be sufficient to keep your teeth and gums healthy. During these appointments, he looks for signs of problems that are developing without your knowledge, such as tooth decay or periodontal (gum) infection and take appropriate steps to treat it.
Gum disease in its earliest stages is typically easy to address with a thorough dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene efforts at home. As gum disease advances, however, it becomes more of a problem because it starts to threaten the structures that hold your teeth in place. In this case, a deep periodontal cleaning and more frequent appointments in the future will get the disease under control. However, any bone loss that occurs before we can treat the infection is irreversible.
You can significantly minimize your risk of developing gum disease by scheduling and keeping your six-month preventive appointments. Please call Alpharetta family dentist Dr. Kai Liang to arrange your next cleaning and exam.