How often do I need to come in a professional dental cleaning?

Why should you visit your dentist twice per year?

Your oral care is a combination of home-care (brushing and flossing) as well as visiting your dentist or hygienist for a professional cleaning. Brushing and flossing at home are vitally important to maintaining a beautiful smile but regular dental check-ups are equally important to identify gum disease and other health concerns related to your head, neck and mouth. When we perform a dental check-up we are not only checking your teeth and gums, we are also checking your neck and mouth for oral cancer.

Why do some patients need to come more often for professional dental cleanings?

Most patients only need to come in for two cleanings per year but there are many individual that need to come 3 or 4 times per years. Reasons people may need to come in more often include:

  • Smokers
  • Periodontal disease
  • Diabetes
  • Immunocompromised
  • Pregnant women (many insurances allow an extra cleaning when pregnant)
  • People who are prone to cavities and plaque build-up

Can some patients be seen annually instead of every 6 months? 

Yes, patients that have minimal plaque build-up and low risk of cavities can be seen annually.

Dental care should be personalized to fit your dental needs. The dentist and hygienist will come up a plan which best fits you. All people develop plaque at different rates so some people need to come every 3 months and others need to come every 12 months. Your dental professional will decide how often you need to come in for cleanings.

Are you due for your next dental check-up and cleaning? Give us a call at 410-672-3501 or send an email to We look forward to seeing you soon!

What's with all the poking and numbers during my dental cleaning

What’s with all the poking and numbers during my dental cleaning?

Ever wonder why your dental hygienist is calling out all those numbers at the beginning of your cleaning. Well hopefully she explained what she was doing before she started! What we are doing is using a dental probe to check the depth of gum tissue around your teeth. It’s a proactive way to identify gum disease. The dental probe acts as ruler to measure the depth around your tooth. If you hear numbers like 1, 2, 3 then your gums are healthy and you only need a preventative cleaning. Numbers greater than 4 may indicate the start of periodontal disease and you may need a deep cleaning or to see the periodontist.

 Periodontal Charting

Periodontal Charting


What’s a periodontist and why do I need one?

A periodontist is a dentist who specialized in caring for you gums and bone. We may refer you to the periodontist because you have periodontal disease which is also known as gum disease. In some cases, periodontal disease will be treated at our office through deep cleanings and antibiotic treatment. If the periodontal disease has progressed too far or will not resolve then we will refer you to the periodontist. The periodontist can offer more specialized care and attention to your gums and bone. Most patients with periodontal disease will need to be seen more than twice per year for cleanings, usually every 3-4 months.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Fields Family Dental! A little history about St. Patrick's Day, it occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St Patrick's Day began as a religious feast day back in the 17th century but has now evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe. People celebrate Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green.

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