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2Q1. How often should I receive dental cleaning during orthodontic treatment?

How often should I visit regular dentist for dental cleaning while undergoing orthodontic treatment?

 

For patient under 18 years of age, the patient should visit their dentist every 4 to 6 months for dental cleaning. If the patient’s oral hygiene is poor, the patient may need to have dental cleaning every 3 months.

For adult patient with no history of gum disease (no history of periodontal bone loss), the recommendation is the same, dental cleaning every 4 to 6 month.

Patient with history of periodontal bone loss would need a through reevaluation with his or her general dentist or periodontist. The orthodontist will then jointly decide with the patient’s dentist the schedule for periodontal maintenance therapy (PMT).

PMT may be as frequent as one time every 6 week to one time every three months depending on the severity of past attachment loss and susceptibility to further periodontal disease progression.

 

When the patient is planning to see their general dentist or periodontist for dental cleaning, often a coordinated appointment can be made with the orthodontist to initially take off the orthodontic wire, go to the general dentist or periodontist for dental cleaning, then return to the orthodontic office for adjustment and placement of new wire.

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