When was the last time you received a thorough dental cleaning? I don’t mean brushing and flossing from home, I mean a cleaning from your dentist or dental hygienists. Many people don’t realize that regular dental cleanings can significantly reduce your risk of developing tooth decay and even periodontal disease. For more information, try our fun and informative quiz below.

Dental Cleaning Quiz

1. True or False: You should have a cleaning twice a year.

2. True or False: Cleanings involve the removal of plaque from your teeth.

3. True or False: Deep cleanings are often used to combat periodontal disease.

4. True or False: You should practice good home-care even if you receive regular dental cleanings.

Answer Key

1. True. The American Dental Association recommends adults receive a dental cleaning at least once every six months. However, patients who are at risk of periodontal disease may benefit from more frequent cleanings. At Periodontics Associates, we can perform an examination and assess your gum disease risk.

2. True. During a cleaning, the plaque buildup on your teeth will be removed with either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler. Plaque can’t be removed with brushing and flossing alone, no matter how thorough. Without a cleaning, plaque irritates the gums and increases the risk of periodontal disease due to gum inflammation.

3. True. Scaling and root planing, otherwise known as a deep cleaning, removes plaque from the tooth and roots, easing the symptoms of periodontal disease.

4. True. In addition to twice yearly cleanings you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once.

About Periodontics Associates

With years of hands-on experience and focused training in surgical and non-surgical approaches to periodontal care, Dr. M. Randal Comeaux and Dr. Bryan S. Pearson provide exceptional care that places patient comfort first. We are passionate about periodontal health, and we will take the time to get to know you and discuss your condition and treatment options in detail. Contact our Lafayette, LA office at (337) 989-0267 or our Opelousas, LA satellite office at (800) 821-6503. We proudly serve patients throughout Acadiana.