When was the last you visited the dentist? Routine dental appointments help ensure a healthy smile for years to come. Unfortunately, whether due to hectic schedules or financial issues, many people avoid regular dental care. As a result, they increase their risk of developing serious dental issues such as tooth decay or gum disease. For people with children, avoiding the dentist only helps instill poor dental habits. But with the general care offered by your Livonia dentist, Dr. James Stewart, patients can receive checkups and cleanings in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. In today’s blog, Dr. Stewart answers some frequently asked questions about our general dental care.
Common Questions About General Dentistry
Question: How often should I receive a checkup and a dental cleaning?
Answer: According to the American Dental Association, people should see their dentist for a checkup and cleaning once every six months.
Question: Do cleanings really help prevent gum disease?
Answer: Yes! Our dedicated and caring dental hygienists perform dental cleanings to remove unsightly plaque buildup. Plaque is caused by bacteria, and over time, plaque can lead to gum inflammation. If left untreated, the gums can pull away form the teeth, forming pockets at the gum line. Once bacteria invade these pockets, gum disease begins. Patients report tender gums, gums that bleed easily, and can eventually suffer tooth loss. Removing plaque helps prevent gum disease and keep your smile healthy and bright.
Question: Does Dr. Stewart offer oral cancer screenings?
Answer: Yes! Using the latest in screening technology, Dr. Stewart can watch for the early signs of oral cancer. In the United States, nearly 50% of people diagnosed with oral cancer don’t survive the five years following diagnosis. This is because in most cases oral cancer isn’t discovered until he late stages. But early detection, made possible with regular checkups, can elevate your chances of recovery.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Livonia General Dentist
Did we answer all of your questions about our quality general dental care? Remember, regular checkups and cleanings help keep your smile beautiful and bright. Talk to your Livonia general dentist, Dr. Stewart, today! We provide general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry to maintain beautiful smiles for the entire family! Contact our 48154 dentist office. Schedule a visit by calling (734) 425-4400. We serve patients from Livonia, Farmington, Farmington Hills, and surrounding areas.