That is a very common question. You should be brushing 2-3 times a day to clean your teeth. For the approximately 20%-30% of adults with perfect oral health, the ADA recommends twice a year hygiene visits. If you are like approximately 70% of adults and have some form of periodontal disease, then you should expect to go 3-4 times a year for hygiene treatment. If you have not been going regularly, then you probably fall into having some form of periodontal issues. If you wait until there is a problem, it is similar to waiting to change your car oil until your engine seizes and can ultimately lead to greater cost and more health issues.
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Those who have a history of no caries and very low incidence of minimal tooth repairs can have it done on a 9-monthly basis. Same for those with no history of gum disease.
cleaning under the gums to remove calculus. In my experience, a minority of people need such a treatment. The same is true for recall exams. If you are a person with active dental problems, then a 6-month recall makes a lot of sense. But if you typically have only minor dental issues, a yearly of even bi yearly exam makes more sense. This is what I recommend to most of my patients. A dentist who has experience should be able to make a judgement about how long an interval is sensible.