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At New Image Dentistry, the dental practice of Dr. Rossana T. Alfonso in National City, California, we are excited to help optimize your smile for summer! Summer is the perfect time for a teeth cleaning to refresh your oral health and your smile confidence, whether you plan on spending time with family and friends, traveling, or hiking in the great outdoors.

Why is six months the recommended time period for teeth cleanings? During a six-month period, tartar build up will require a professional dental cleaning to remove it. If this tartar buildup is left untreated, the bacteria from plaque will release toxins into the gums and bones, causing them to dissolve and loosening the teeth. This is also known as periodontitis.

The six-month teeth cleaning schedule was created for the “average” person in mind, which typically means:

— Middle-aged
— Doesn’t eat a lot of sweets
— Brushes their teeth at least twice each day
— Doesn’t smoke

Some people, however, may need to go more often for a teeth cleaning. In fact, if you fall into the following categories, you may be more susceptible to damage from oral bacteria and may need to come in more often:

— Diet is high in sugary foods and drinks
— Older
— Have dry mouth
— Have periodontal disease

Dr. Rossana T. Alfonso finds that regular teeth are the perfect complement to daily at-home oral care when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile for our patients in National City, California and the neighboring communities. So, if you are ready to refresh your confident smile with a professional cleaning, please call our New Image Dentistry team at 619.470.2558 today!