In response to the ADA and CDA recommendations regarding the COVID-19 virus, our office will be temporarily closed. Our staff will continue to respond to calls and emails during this time. Patients with a dental emergency will still be provided with care as needed. New and existing patients are also welcome to call or email to schedule appointments for when we return. Thank you for your understanding!
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Drs. Smith and Domingue
200 Beaullieu Drive Bldg. 2 Lafayette, LA 70508

Why do I have to have my teeth cleaned every six months?

It is important for you to understand that for most adults, every six months is the very minimum frequency required to maintain your oral health. Because plaque hardens into calculus in about twenty-four hours, some people require more frequent dental cleanings.

Age and Oral Health

As we age, our body chemistry changes and what may have worked to keep us healthy in our twenties no longer works in our fifties and sixties. Various factors play into the necessity for more frequent dental cleanings. Factors such as saliva production, medications, home care habits, and diet all play a role.

As people age, saliva production can reduce, increasing the likelihood of periodontal (gum) disease. Certain medications can also cause dry mouth symptoms or make it harder to keep your teeth clean.

As people age and develop arthritis and lose dexterity, home care becomes a challenge. One way to counteract the loss of dexterity is to schedule more frequent hygiene appointments. We may also help with tools and products to make home care easier for our patients.

Diet and Dental Health in Lafayette 

Your diet plays an important role in dental health. Eating a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables supports your overall health as well as your oral health.

If you have questions about coming in for more frequent dental cleanings, let us know.

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