No. Cleanings once or twice year is not enough to control the potential destruction of the teeth and gums and systemic conditions that may result from, or be worsened from, inadequate daily home care.
Imagine if you could not adequately brush and clean between your teeth on a regular basis and you didn’t have anyone who could help you who knew how to do these tasks well. Do you think that one or two cleanings per year would keep your mouth feeling fresh and healthy? Plaque that is not removed regularly sticks to the teeth and forms biofilms. These biofilms cause destruction and trigger the body’s inflammatory response. Inadequate brushing and in between the teeth cleaning can result in gingivitis in a matter of days. Without proper intervention the gingivitis (inflammation of the tissues) can quickly turn into periodontal disease (destruction of the bone holding in the teeth). Inflammation in the mouth can travel throughout the body causing inflammation/infection elsewhere.
It is still important to see the dental team twice a year for adequate removal of any tartar (calculus), examination of the soft tissues in the mouth, assessment of the gums and bone levels, oral cancer screenings, any necessary radiographs, and cavity detection. The goal of our Oral Care Specialists is to keep elders mouths healthy to make appointments with the dental team easier, more comfortable, and less costly.