Our Cadillac dentists subscribe to the commonly held standard and recommend that you receive a teeth cleaning every 6 months on top of regular, at-home oral care. During these appointments, we can monitor any arising dental problems, professionally remove built up plaque, and offer helpful tips on brushing or flossing.
Why Teeth Cleanings Are Important
You can think of a teeth cleaning as an annual physical for your mouth. Just like your family doctor evaluates the health of your entire body, our dentists check in with your oral health and note if any issues are developing or already present.
When you miss out on regular cleanings, you put yourself at risk for cavities, gum disease, and potentially even larger health problems like heart disease and diabetes. Oral health and systemic health are strongly linked which is why it’s so crucial you take good care of your entire mouth.
What to Expect During a Teeth Cleaning
Once you arrive at your appointment and are seated comfortably, one of our hygienists will start by performing an oral examination. They’ll use a small mirror as they move through your mouth to check around teeth and gums for anything of concern. Next, the removal of plaque and tartar can begin.
That same mirror will help guide our hygienists as they use a dental tool called a scaler to gently scrape at existing plaque and tartar in between the teeth and around the gum line. Scraping noises are normal during this stage. The more tartar present, the more you’ll hear our hygienists work to remove every little bit. An easy way to cut down on how much tartar you have on your teeth is to thoroughly brush and floss every day.
After all tartar has been removed, our hygienists will deep clean your teeth with a high-powered electric brush and gritty toothpaste. This will help rid your teeth of any left behind tartar from the scaler. Flossing and a quick rinse will follow the brushing before one of our dentists meets with you for a final evaluation.
Schedule a Cleaning and Treat Your Teeth
Maintaining optimal oral health is difficult on your own which is why professional help is also needed. Our dentists in Cadillac, MI, can clean, floss, and polish every angle of your teeth and gums so your smile is plaque-free. Call LifeSmiles Dentistry today at (231) 775-8281 to request an appointment.