Dental Cleanings and Oral Hygiene
Professional dental cleanings and exams form the foundation of good oral health, keeping gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health problems from developing. You can keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong for a lifetime with the help of the dentists and hygienists at Zoma Dental in West Bloomfield.
Boost At-Home Oral Hygiene with Professional Dental Cleanings
You may be an excellent brusher and flosser, dedicated to your daily routine of oral health care at home, but these good habits must be supplemented with professional dental care to ensure that you have the cleanest and healthiest teeth possible.
Professional dental tools and techniques are the two main ways to remove the tartar and plaque that have settled on your tooth enamel and that can not be reached with a toothbrush or dental floss. You may have teeth that are gleaming and white, but without proper professional care, they are at serious risk of tooth decay and infection.
What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning and Exam
When you see your dentist every six months, the visit may seem quick, but there is a lot happening during that regular check-up, including the following:
- Cleaning: Your hygienist will deliver a thorough cleaning of your teeth, meticulously scraping away tartar and plaque, brushing, and flossing your teeth.
- Exam: Your dentist will check for many things during your visit, including gum disease, gum recession, tooth decay, cracked or chipped teeth, deteriorating dental work, and more. Our mouths offer up signs of problems that we may not even realize we have, like teeth grinding. During your visit, your dentist has the expertise and knowledge to see what is happening in and around your teeth.
- Oral cancer screening: Your West Bloomfield dentist will check your tongue, cheeks, palate, lips, the floor of your mouth, neck and thyroid gland; looking for early signs of oral cancer. Cancers of the mouth and throat are often diagnosed at a late stage, especially for people who don’t keep up with their dental exams. If you see your dentist every six months, you will not only be taking care of your teeth, but also your overall health.
- X-rays: Every year, depending on your insurance or oral health needs, you will have a set of oral x-rays taken. These detailed pictures go deeper than the exam and cleaning, showing your dentist what’s happening within your teeth and under the gum line that might need to be addressed.
Prevent Gum Disease and Other Oral Health Problems
If you have a growing problem in your mouth, your dentist will see it at your exam, often before it becomes a painful issue. Managing small areas of decay, a tooth with a crack in it, or a failing porcelain crown, for example, may not seem pressing, but taking care of issues like these immediately will prevent them from growing into bigger problems.
Gum disease is a major oral health problem that you want diagnosed sooner rather than later to save you from discomfort, expense, and tooth loss. This bacterial infection of the tissue around the teeth is serious and can travel into the bloodstream and affect other parts of the body. However, if you are seeing your dentist every six months, she will notice the early signs of gum disease, allowing you to undergo quick treatment and avoid pain and permanent bone loss.
Schedule Your Dental Cleaning in West Bloomfield
Regular dental cleanings can prevent gum disease. Regular cleanings simply give you smooth, clean, sparkling teeth. Regular cleanings are an opportunity to have the ear of your dentist and discuss all your questions about cosmetic dentistry, implants, Invisalign, and any other dental procedures that interest you.
Schedule a professional dental cleaning with our highly skilled and trained hygienists at Zoma Dental in West Bloomfield. Professional cleanings done twice a year – or even three or four times a year – will keep your mouth and teeth healthy, strong, and beautiful.
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