Save 10-60% on Your Dental Care. Join a Savings Plan Today!
Close X

1 Million+ Smiles Served Since 1999
Outstanding Customer Care
Plans Tailored to Fit Your Needs

you are > Dental Health Articles > One dental cleaning each year may be enough for those with no history of tooth decay

One dental cleaning each year may be enough for those with no history of tooth decay
Updated: 7/22/2013 3:15:05 PM

One dental cleaning each year may be enough for those with no history of tooth decay

People who follow the recommendations for healthy dental care know the routine - brush at least twice daily, floss at least once daily, use mouthwash and visit the dentist twice a year for a check-up and cleaning.

Most of that advice still stands, but one component - the dental cleaning every six months - may not be necessary for everyone. A new study conducted at the University of Michigan has recommended that people with no risk factors for developing tooth decay or gum disease can have one cleaning annually without problems.

However, the study published in the Journal of Dental Research still advised people who have diabetes, are smokers or have a genetic predisposition for gum disease should continue the twice-a-year-regimen.

"Patients with one or more risk factors, which represent over half of the population, should visit at least twice a year and likely more in some cases," said study author William Giannobile, D.M.S., a professor of dentistry and biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan.

Regardless of how many dental cleanings and check-ups are necessary for parents and their children, the cost is often beyond their reach. Many have no dental insurance because of the high price of insurance premiums. For those families, signing up for a discount dental plan may be the right choice because it offers many dental services at reduced rates.

Personalized medicine
In the University of Michigan study, the research team reviewed data on more than 5,100 adults who had regular dentist visits for 16 years, had no history of gum disease and had their teeth cleaned once or twice every year. The frequency of tooth loss, patient risk factors and their dental care history were all considered in the study.

Based on the data, the team agreed that one yearly cleaning was enough for those with no risk factors while two cleanings should continue to take place for people with one or more of the three risks noted in the study. Patients who have two or more risk factors may require more than two cleanings annually, the group concluded.

Giannobile said the study's findings are in line with a move toward "personalized medicine," particularly since dental problems are widespread and costly, but preventable. With access to more affordable oral health services through a dental plan, families would be better able to pursue the number of cleanings they need each year based on their risk for tooth decay and gum disease.

© 2013 Brafton Inc.


The materials and articles published on are for informational purposes only. Although strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and makes no commitment to update the information on expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on Decisions based on information contained on are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.

Nothing on constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to with or without’s knowledge.


Dental Care & Health Articles
AC Dental Care Articles (100)Affiliate Marketing (2)Affordable Care Act Articles (1)Audience (1)Bonding (2)Commentary (1)Cosmetic Dentristry (15)Dental (7)Dental Care News Feed (21)Dental Costs (5)Dental Health (21)Dental Insurance (1)Dental Plans (39)Dental Work (7)Dentist (19)Dentures (2)Individuals (484)Money (1)Oral Surgeon (1)Orthodontist (1)Pediatric Dentist (1)Procedures and Services (7)Surgery (1)Teeth Whitening/Bleaching (7)Unemployed (8)Veneers (1)
Special Offer

Take 15% off the price
of a dental savings plan.

Sign up below to receive your discount!