Friday, March 12, 2010
Do I Need Regular Teeth Cleaning?
By regular teeth cleaning I assume you mean at the Dentist's office. The American Dental Association recommends "regular" visits for professional cleaning and dental check-ups. A professional cleaning can get into places that you might otherwise miss and remove plaque and tartar build up. Clean teeth are less prone to cavities because of a lower amount of bacteria.
A small but interesting Swedish study was conducted on the importance of oral hygiene in preventing dental caries. The researchers looked at a number of variables including frequency of teeth cleaning and dental visits. The results indicated that the best indicator in the preventation of tooth decay was regular brushing.
Acta Odontologica Scandinavica 1991, Vol. 49, No. 2, Pages 97-102