Be honest: Have you had your teeth cleaned recently? Receiving professional cleanings offer a number of benefits for the health and appearance of your smile. In fact, regular preventive visits can also reduce your risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay.
How Often Do I Need a Cleaning?
The American Dental Association advises both adults and children have their teeth cleaned at least twice a year. If a patient exhibits potential symptoms of gingivitis or gum disease, more frequent cleanings may be necessary to keep the disease from progressing. To schedule a visit, simply contact our office today. We will administer a cleaning while watching for the possible warning signs of periodontal disease. We can then discuss possible treatment options.
4 Benefits of a Dental Cleaning
- Fresher Breath: When plaque builds up on our teeth, the result is often bad breath. By removing this buildup during s cleaning, you can enjoy fresher breath.
- Brighter Teeth: Plaque also boosts the chances of discoloration appearing on your teeth. Following the removal of plaque and tartar, we will polish the teeth. This helps your tooth surface remain smooth and can brighten your teeth.
- Reduced Risk of Gum Disease: Without a cleaning, buildup can irritate the gums and cause inflammation. Soon, the gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets at the gumline. Once bacteria enter these pockets, patients may exhibit the symptoms of periodontal disease. A cleaning can reduce the risk of gum problems by removing a common source for gum inflammation.
- Less Likely to Develop Cavities: When bacteria break down food particles and create plaque, the oral acidity of the mouth increases. Soon, the enamel erodes and provide avenues for bacteria to reach the dentin. By keeping your smile clean, you can strengthen your outer enamel and safeguard your tooth against tooth decay.
ABOUT YOUR LIVONIA PREVENTIVE DENTIST:
James Steward, DDS, and our compassionate staff proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Plymouth, Northville, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.