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Updated: Jun 30, 2020

How often should you get your teeth cleaned at the dentist to prevent bleeding gums?

It is important that you follow the advice of your dentist or hygienist as they will be able to tailor their advice to fit your level of needs. Most patients need to have their teeth professionally cleaned every 6 month to help prevent bleeding gums, however, if you have a history of gum disease or other dental issues, then you may need to come more regularly for teeth cleaning to prevent any recurrence of infection or disease.

Can you remove tartar buildup at home to stop a bleeding gum?

In short: no. Please don’t try to remove calculus or tartar build ups at home. Tartar or calculus is dental plaque that has mineralised and hardened onto your teeth. Once plaque hardens, it can’t be removed through brushing or flossing alone. You should never try to scrape it off yourself with any type of tool or sharp object, as you risk damaging both the enamel and your gums.

What happens at a dental cleaning?

Your dentist or dental hygienist will use special instruments to carefully and safely remove plaque and tartar build-up on and between your teeth and along the gum line to help prevent bleeding gums. They will then also polish your teeth to remove any staining that has built up and get that just-visited-the-dentist superclean feeling we all love.

For that extra clean feeling why not try our air polish system to remove stubborn staining and discolouration to leave a brighter and whiter smile.

Can dental cleaning damage teeth?

No. Descaling to remove built-up plaque and tartar around teeth and along the gum line is a safe procedure and will not damage your precious enamel or gums in any way if done by a qualified dental professional. In fact, removal of plaque and tartar build-up is an essential part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong as it is this build-up that causes tooth decay and gum disease

Is teeth cleaning by dentist necessary to prevent bleeding gums?

Yes, an important part of your wider oral hygiene plan is to have your teeth professionally cleaned to remove any build-up of tartar. Everyone is different and for some people, even those who you follow a good daily brushing and flossing routine, will still get tartar building regularly up on their teeth. That is why it is important to come for regular check-up appointments where your dentist can check your teeth and gums and advise how often you should get your teeth professionally cleaned. If left untreated, plaque or tartar build-up can lead to cavities, gum disease and even tooth loss.

What can I do to make sure I have healthy teeth and gums?

  1. Having an excellent oral hygiene routine - brushing twice daily and cleaning between teeth once a day with floss, interdental brushes or a waterflosser is the most important factor for having healthy teeth and gums.

  2. Visit the dentist regularly - attending for your routine dental check up allows us to build up a picture of your oral health and tailor treatment you need based on your level of need. We can also identify problems at the early stages

  3. Visit the hygienist regularly - removing tartar more frequently before it has that chance to build up and cause the long term damage to your teeth and gums.

  4. Quit smoking - smoking has a really detrimental effect on not only your general health but also your gums. It has been linked to more severe gum disease and tooth loss and also makes treatment for gum disease less effective.

If you are concerned about bleeding gums or want to enquire about our gentle hygienist services or treatments please call 01698 285726 or email for more information

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