The professionals working with Dr. Jason Harvey and Associates will prepare a specific treatment plan for each patient.  Part of this is how frequently each patient should have a teeth cleaning or “periodontal therapy.” We use a number of indicators to determine what interval is needed between cleanings for the best overall oral health for that individual.

  • The patients overall health – many factors can affect this indicator
    •  Medications – many medications cause dry mouth that can lead to more rapid plaque and calculus build up and an increased rate of decay
    • General Health – conditions such as diabetes, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and Heart Disease make maintaining a healthy mouth even more necessary.
    • Age – as you age your salivary flow changes, it usually becomes less prolific and the saliva is stickier leading to more rapid plaque build-up.
  • The patients gum (periodontal) health – you will notice that during your visit we will take measurements of the pockets between your gums and teeth as well assess the overall health of your gums.  What color are your gums, red or pink and healthy?  Are your gums a healthy shape or are they receding?  Are they firm or spongy?  Do they bleed when you brush or floss?
  • The patients teeth – each person has their own individual rate at which they build plaque (soft deposits) on their teeth and calculus (plaque that has become hard from minerals in your saliva).  Some people build plaque quickly but not much calculus and vice versa.  Some people build plaque that creates decay rapidly, others have a very slow rate of decay.

Unlike the first two indicators, the third one can be affected by how effectively you brush and floss. The next time you are in for a cleaning we will use these and other indicators to determine your individual needed hygiene frequency. Generally, this is either in 3,4,6, or 12-month intervals. Our goal is to keep your mouth as healthy as possible and to make your dental visits as comfortable as possible.