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How often should I schedule dental cleanings for my family?

Professional teeth cleanings with a hygienist in Puyallup, WA should occur every six months for most people. Because we customize the type of cleaning that’s right for you, you may require more frequent cleanings if you have gum disease.

Why Routine Teeth Cleanings are Crucial

Your gum health is essential for your oral health and your general well-being. Periodontal disease can be quite destructive to gums and teeth. There’s also significant evidence linking it to serious conditions like heart disease and lung disease, diabetes, dementia, and pregnancy complications.

Staying current with your hygiene appointments at 12 Dentistry every six months is the best way to ensure that your gums are healthy. You may not notice mild symptoms like bleeding or puffy gums, but your hygienist will and can plan prompt treatment before it affects your long-term oral health.

What a Dental Cleaning Involves

During your six-month teeth cleanings at our Puyallup dental office, your hygienist carefully checks for signs of periodontal disease. Your teeth and gums may feel fine, but gum disease is widespread because it is often very mild or asymptomatic. 

We use a specialized dental instrument to gently scrape away plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline, floss between teeth, and polish them with a gentle abrasive toothpaste.

Schedule a Dental Hygiene Appointment 

If it’s time for your six-month teeth cleaning and exam, call our Puyallup dental office to schedule an appointment. If it has been a while since your last checkup, don’t worry! We’re partners in your oral health, and we will never judge or lecture you.

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