Don’t Forget About Dental Cleanings!


We’re two months into 2015, have you scheduled your first dental cleaning of the year yet? While our schedules can become busy very fast, don’t be tempted to forgo your routine appointment. A dental cleaning can help protect your smile from gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental health problems.

Gum Disease Prevention

Why do we develop gum disease? Periodontal disease occurs when the gums become inflamed as a result of plaque buildup. Bacteria coating the teeth in a sticky byproduct cause plaque buildup. To avoid the onset of this serious disease, you need to have plaque removed from your teeth. While brushing and flossing is important, neither can fully remove plaque from teeth. Instead, you will need a professional cleaning.

What Happens During a Cleaning?

The American Dental Association recommends adults and children have their teeth cleaned regularly. On average, the procedure should be undertaken once every six months. However, patients who have a high risk of periodontal problems may need one performed once every three to four months. During the procedure a hygienist will remove buildup from teeth. We may use either a manual tool or an ultrasonic scaler to accomplish this task. Afterward, the teeth will be polished. Along with periodontal disease prevention, this procedure can also freshen breath and help brighten your teeth.

Keeping Your Smile Clean From Home

A regular cleaning must be conducted to remove plaque. However, you can take steps between visits to keep your teeth brighter and your breath fresher. First, always brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes per session. Before going to bed, thoroughly floss your teeth to remove bits of food caught between them. To stay hydrated and cleanse your mouth of bacteria and food particles, consider drinking more water. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a visit, please contact our office today.


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.