Having regularly scheduled teeth cleanings with our Portage dentists can do wonders for the health and well-being of your smile. These appointments have a range of benefits including removing tartar, strengthening enamel, and more.
Brushing and flossing your teeth are great tools to maintain your oral health, but it is certainly no substitute for a professional teeth cleaning. This is especially true because tartar, hardened plaque, can only be removed by a dentist.
Read on to learn more about the value of teeth cleanings and checkups.
Naturally as you grow through the years and decades, it becomes harder and harder to take care of your teeth. Even though enamel is the strongest substance in the body, over time it succumbs to erosion. Our dentists can provide tips and advice on how to better care for your teeth as you age.
Cavities can do more damage than simply being painful. They can lead to infections in your bloodstream if they’re not kept in check by regular dentist appointments. Additionally, not going to the dentists increases your chances of developing gum disease.
The longer you allow diseases and bacteria to grow in your mouth the greater risk you have of more severe problems like tooth loss. Regular dental visits are good for more than your mouth because they can restore your self-confidence and cause you not to hesitate when you smile.
There are multiple different steps to a dental exam. A professional teeth cleaning generally comes first to remove plaque and tartar then get a better look at your teeth to see if there are signs of any oral health issues. At this point, we might need to take x-rays to get a more comprehensive picture of your oral health.
Some of the conditions we look for are gum disease, early signs of oral cancer, and developing cavities. We’ll talk you through any treatment issues we may encounter. Our goal is to empower and educate you so you can make the best decisions for your oral health.
At the end of the appointment is when you can ask our dentists about any additional procedures you’re interested in like teeth whitening or clear aligners. This is a good time to communicate your oral health goals so our dentists can know how to best help you achieve them.
According to the American Dental Association, it’s best to visit your dentist twice a year. Sometimes certain life events or conditions may create the need for more dental appointments. For example, those who are pregnant or have diabetes should visit our dentists more often because their oral health is more vulnerable.
Our dentists in Portage, MI, want to help you maintain and improve your oral health. For more information on the value of regular teeth cleanings or to schedule an appointment, call Scott Ellard Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics at (269) 329-1880.