Grand Rapids Mi Teeth Cleaning Dentists
06
Jul

Do I Really Need Teeth Cleanings Twice a Year?

Grand Rapids Mi Teeth Cleaning Dentists

Yes! It’s important that you get teeth cleanings at least every 6 months so we can remove plaque and tartar.

Plaque is an invisible, sticky film of bacteria that lives inside your mouth. As you eat sugary foods, these bacteria eat the particles left behind and produce an acid that erodes enamel and attacks your gums. Once plaque hardens into tartar, it can only be removed by a dental professional.

Here are some other benefits of routine teeth cleanings.

Remove Plaque and Tartar

As we mentioned before, only a dental professional can remove tartar. During your teeth cleaning appointment, we’ll use a tool called a scaler to gently remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. If left untreated, tartar buildup can lead to oral health issues, such as cavities and gum disease.

Routine teeth cleanings will help you maintain a healthy smile for life, provided that you also practice good oral hygiene at home. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once daily.

Catch Oral Health Issues Early

One of the benefits of preventive dental care is that it allows us to catch oral health problems early. During your appointment, we’ll examine the inside of your mouth and possibly take X-rays if it’s been a while. This allows us to evaluate the condition of your teeth, gums, and jaws.

In the case of gum disease, it’s best if we catch it in its early stages while it’s still reversible. The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, which can be cured by practicing good oral hygiene and not skipping your teeth cleanings. But the later stages of gum disease (periodontitis and advanced periodontitis) are NOT reversible.

In this situation, seeing a dentist every 6 months could help you avoid a lifetime of sore, swollen, bleeding gums. If you already have advanced gum disease, our dentists may recommend scaling and root planing to mitigate the symptoms.

Avoid Invasive Dental Treatment

Oral health issues are much easier to treat in their early stages. For example, we can use a filling to restore a tooth with a small cavity. But you may need a root canal if you wait for the cavity to reach the innermost chamber of your tooth called the pulp. Waiting too long may mean that there is nothing left for us to do but extract the tooth.

The sooner we can detect an issue with your oral health, the better.

Screen for Oral Cancer

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 53,000 Americans will get oral or throat cancer this year. This means that it’s more important than ever for you to receive routine oral cancer screenings.

Since an oral cancer screening is a simple procedure, we’ll fit it into your teeth cleaning appointment. During the screening, one of our dentists will examine the inside of your mouth for red or white patches. They’ll also feel inside your mouth for any suspicious lumps.

An oral cancer screening is a simple procedure that can save your life! That’s why it’s important that you don’t skip appointments for preventive dental care.

Get Counseled on Oral Hygiene

Our family dentists understand the importance of building patient-doctor relationships based on trust, respect, and compassion. As such, they would be more than happy to listen to your concerns and offer their advice on how to practice good oral hygiene. This is your opportunity to receive personalized advice based on your medical history and specific oral health needs.

Schedule Your Next Teeth Cleaning

Dr. Richard Neuman and Dr. Alexis Neuman are a father-daughter team of dentists in Grand Rapids, MI. To schedule your next teeth cleaning with Advance Dental, call (616) 956-9183.

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