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How Often Should I See The Dental Hygienist?
Ideally, everyone should see the Dental Hygienist, or periodontal therapist EVERY 3 MONTHS. No matter how good you are with your oral hygiene, there are areas that you cannot reach due to the shapes and positions of your teeth. After you have had your mouth professionally cleaned, studies have shown that it takes about 90 days for the bacteria in your mouth to resettle at the gum margins and then migrate down to the level of your bone holding the teeth. Also, as the plaque that you may have missed in difficult to reach areas matures, worse microbes grow in these areas. You want to get it cleaned out before it gets to that stage.
The 3 month maintenance visits are especially critical after you have been diagnosed with any level of periodontal disease and treated for it, or you have health problems such as Diabetes Mellitus, Down’s Syndrome, Papillon-Lefevre Syndrome, Granulocyte Disorders, Chediak-Higashi Syndrome, Nutritional Disorders, HIV/AIDS, and Hypophosphatasia. Those diseases predispose people to RAPID and/or EARLY PERIODONTAL DESTRUCTION.