A Cleaning Protects Your Full Body Health

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We want to see you and your family at least twice a year for a dental cleaning. This may seem like a minor procedure, but even if you brush and floss daily having your teeth professionally cleaned is essential for good oral health, and protecting your overall health as well. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI dentist talks about how we clean smiles!

The Dental Cleaning Process

How do we clean your teeth? We start by using an ultrasonic scaling device to gently break up and remove most plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of the teeth. A manual pick can be used for the stubborn bits of buildup. Once we remove these layers from your smile, we will then polish the teeth to offer a brighter appearance and smoother finish. For those with sore, red, and bleeding gums, symptoms of gingivitis and gum disease, we could offer a deep cleaning, which removes buildup from both the teeth and the roots, so we can begin managing the disease and safeguarding your overall oral health in the process.

When You Need One

We recommend one every six months for people ages two and older. Issues like tooth decay and gum disease can be brought on by the impact of plaque and tartar, which weakens and erodes outer enamel and also inflames and irritates the gum tissues. Removal every few months prevents these issues from being able to develop. We also help fight bad breath and teeth stains in the process! However, if you have high risk factors for periodontal issues, then you may benefit from one every three to four months to better manage the disease and prevent the later stages linked to tooth loss!

Care at Home

Preventing issues like gum disease not only helps you avoid tooth loss, but also lowers your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, dementia, heart attack, stroke, breathing issues, and even lower birth weights. In addition to seeing us for a cleaning every few months, you can also care for your smile from home. You should take time to brush your teeth for about two minutes when you wake up and then again before going to bed. Each session should last about two minutes and use a fluoride toothpaste. You also need to floss thoroughly every evening, as this removes what a toothbrush can’t reach. If you have any questions about keeping your teeth clean and healthy, or if you would like to schedule a visit soon, then contact our team.


We would like to help you enjoy good oral health and brighter smiles. If you want to learn more about protecting smiles with the regular removal of plaque and tartar, then please contact your Livonia, MI, dentist, Dr. Stewart, by calling (734) 425-4400.