Find out why professional teeth cleanings are not to be missed.
We know (or at least, we hope) that you are brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. After all, your at-home care is vitally important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Our Berkley, MI, dentist Dr. Ron Williamson believes that preventive dentistry is the best way to protect your smile from issues in the long run, and one surefire way to keep your oral health in tip-top shape is to come in for routine dental cleanings.
But I brush and floss daily. Do I really need a teeth cleaning?
The long and short of it is a resounding yes. You absolutely need to visit your general dentist in Berkley, MI, every six months for routine checkups and cleanings even if you are a dedicated brusher and flosser. We are happy to hear that you take your at-home care seriously; however, even the best brushers out there can sometimes miss certain hard-to-reach areas along the gumline or between teeth. This is when a dental cleaning can really do a more thorough job.
Our skilled technicians also have the right tools to handle a deep cleaning, including being able to remove tartar buildup, which your toothbrush won’t be able to remove. We also can get rid of the bacteria responsible for bad breath, as well as surface stains (to give you an instantly whiter smile).
Since plaque and tartar are responsible for cavities and gum disease, coming in at least twice a year for routine cleanings will reduce your risk for developing these common oral problems.
What else goes into these six-month checkups?
While a professional teeth cleaning is one of the main parts of these checkups this isn’t the only thing that occurs when you come into our office. We also examine your mouth to check for sores, cuts or other warning signs of oral cancer. We also look at the gums and check for early signs of gum disease (if caught in its early stages, gum disease can be reversed).
Once a year, we will also run X-rays so we can get a more detailed view of your oral health, jawbone and facial structure to look for everything from minor decay and gum disease to infection, bone loss and the development of your wisdom teeth.
Is it time to schedule a dental cleaning for you or a member of your family? If so, call our Berkley, MI, dental office today to schedule your next cleaning with us.