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How often should I have my teeth cleaned?

woman getting dental cleaning in boise idSince our goal is to help you maintain excellent oral health and keep your natural teeth for a lifetime, prevention is a significant focus at Ackerman Family Dentistry. Typically, our dentists recommend that you get your teeth cleaned and have a dental checkup every six months unless you have gum disease, which will require more frequent cleanings to prevent progression.

Caring Dentistry for Kids in Boise

Dr. Daniel and Dr. Robert also recommend that children see us every six months for cleanings and checkups, starting at the age of three years old. However, if your child does not feel comfortable or ready for a cleaning at this time, we never push them to move forward until they're ready.

Professional Dental Cleanings & Exams

Professional cleanings help prevent the need for more extensive and more costly restorative treatment by removing the plaque buildup that causes problems like tooth decay and gum disease. This is also a great time to review your home care routine with your hygienist to ensure that you're using proper brushing and flossing techniques.

Even if it's been a while since your last dental cleaning, we encourage you to come to our Boise dental office. We're happy to meet you right where you're at with your dental care and focus on the aspects that are most important to you in a judgment-free manner.

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To our valued patients, we wanted to communicate to you the efforts we have been making to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Our highest priority is the health and well being of our patients, employees, and our community, and it is with these priorities in mind that we have created several new protocols. In addition to our standard disinfection and sterilization, we will be doing the following:
  • We are screening patients over the phone for symptoms or exposure, taking patients' temperatures, and having patients use hand sanitizer upon entering the office.
  • We will be scheduling extra time for each appointment for thorough office sanitation and to promote proper social distancing.
  • We ask that patients use a pre-procedural rinse which will eliminate a majority of bacteria and viruses prior to treatment.
  • All public areas will be disinfected routinely throughout the day, and all surfaces are treated daily with a 24hr treatment that eliminates bacteria and enveloped viruses (such as COVID-19)
  • The air in treatment and hygiene rooms is being filtered with HEPA air filtration units throughout the day.
  • We are limiting the use of the waiting room to ensure proper social distancing and patients are welcome to wait in their car if they are more comfortable doing so.
  • All treatment providers will be wearing masks when interacting with patients.

We will continue to monitor the situation and adapt as needed, and we hope to keep everyone healthy and safe through this trying period, and moving forward.