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A 26-year-old female asked:

how often should i visit the dentist for cleaning my teeth?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Every 6 months: Normal, healthy people should visit their dentists for preventive dental care twice a year. X-rays are usually done every 1-2 years. At home, daily brushing and flossing are required. Eat a healthy, balanced diet, and never use tobacco.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Usually 2x/year: For a person with optimum oral health, twice a year. But you have to do your part, you have to brush 2x/day for 2 full minutes by the clock, and floss or WaterPik 1x/day to reach the places a toothbrush can't get to, between teeth. If your oral health is compromised, more frequent professional cleanings may be recommended.

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A 45-year-old member asked:

I have no money to go to the dentist for cleaning. Will itaffect my teeth color?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jared Plitt
Dentistry 20 years experience
See detailed answer.: Not cleaning your teeth can certainly affect the color. It is important not to neglect your oral health. Financially, dentistry is one are where a little bit of prevention goes a really long way. If it's difficult to pay for a cleaning, what chance will you have of paying for treatment if a tooth breaks or you develop gum disease? Preventative cleanings can be a great investment.
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A 29-year-old male asked:

Is it safe to use vinegar for cleaning teeth?

4 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
Dentistry 45 years experience
Absolutely not: Teeth will demineralize when exposed to an acid environment, with a ph below about 5.5. Most vinegars don't approach a ph of 5, and some have ph's of as low as 2.4, which would cause significant loss of tooth structure. Vinegar is for salad and for pickling; it is not for teeth.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What do dentists exactly do to your teeth when you go for a cleaning?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Alper
Dentistry 21 years experience
We clean them.: When you go to the dentist for a cleaning, we clean your teeth. Generally we start with an ultrasonic machine that knocks the bigger pieces of tartar (calcified colonies of bacteria!). The next step is to use instruments to remove whatever tartar remains (this is the “scraping”) and lastly we polish your teeth with some mild abrasive powder.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Can cleaning my teeth make them more vulnerable to acids?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Depends: All teeth are vulnerable to acids. You should not brush your teeth immediately after eating or drinking things that are acidic and your teeth are at their weakest. Wait until the ph of your salvia returns to a normal state, about 20-30 minutes.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How long does an appointment from a dentist take for just a cleaning of teeth?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
At least an hour: It depends on the dental office and the health of your mouth. In my office we schedule a new patient examination for the exam, diagnosis and treatment plan and then the dental cleaning once we know the health of the mouth and what is needed. We schedule an hour for a routine adult dental hygiene visit. Many patients need more than this.

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