Teeth Cleaning & Exams Specialist

Healthy Smiles Dental Care

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Chelsea, MI, Flint, MI, Lansing, MI, Barton City, MI, & Muskegon, MI

Dental cleanings are incredibly beneficial, which is why insurance plans almost always cover them. Having professional dental cleanings twice a year is the best way to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and to keep your mouth healthy and strong. Has it been a while since your last cleaning? Quickly schedule your regular cleaning by booking an appointment online or calling Healthy Smiles Dental Care in Chelsea, Flint, Lansing, Barton City (Jewell Lake Dental), and Muskegon, Michigan today.

Teeth Cleaning & Exams Q & A

What does a dental cleaning involve?

Dental cleanings begin with an exam. A Healthy Smiles Dental Care professional begins by visually looking over your teeth and assessing your gum health, looking for any apparent abnormalities. X-rays will be taken during your regularly-scheduled appointment if required.

Next, it's time for the actual cleaning to begin. The hygienist or dentist will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. A scaler is a small metal dental instrument. The length of time this process takes depends on how much plaque or tartar buildup you have.

Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been scraped off, the hygienist or dentist uses a unique, high-powered brush and polishing toothpaste to brush your teeth thoroughly. After the brushing, you receive professional flossing. Finally, you might receive a fluoride treatment to help protect your oral health until your next cleaning.

How often should I schedule cleanings?

Your dental cleaning frequency is unique to you. The usual recommendation is twice a year, but people with specific dental problems may need to schedule more frequent cleanings. Take the American Dental Association's advice and discuss your dental cleaning needs with your dentist.

Even when the procedure is as simple as a routine dental cleaning, talking to the professionals at Healthy Smiles Dental Care about your unique situation is a critical part of getting outstanding care.

Every individual has a particular set of circumstances and conditions. Meet your dental health needs by following a plan that's been designed just for you, not by following a general plan for the average person.

Do dental cleanings impact other aspects of my health?

Oral health and overall health are closely related. Given that your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, oral health is essential to good health.

According to the results of a 2016 study, regular dental cleanings could help reduce the risk of pneumonia. The hypothesis is that dental cleanings cut down on the volume of bacteria entering the lungs.

Heart health, diabetes, and other conditions also have been linked to poor oral health. Routine dental checkups and cleanings, along with discussions with your dentist, are essential to maintaining good health.

Take a step toward better health. If you need a dental cleaning, book an appointment online or call Healthy Smiles Dental Care today.