Make Professional Cleanings Part of Your Dental Routine
By Mark Makela D.D.S., PC
December 19, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Have you always wondered why you should visit your Petoskey dentist regularly?professional cleanings

Caring for your smile shouldn’t be difficult and yet there are so many people dealing with cavities and gum disease. Besides proper at-home care it’s also important that you turn to a dentist who can give you the proper preventive dental care you need to maintain a healthy smile for the long run. From the office of our Petoskey, MI, general dentist Dr. Mark Makela, find out why professional cleanings are essential for everyone.

You may think that your teeth and gums feel and look good so they must be healthy; however, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes issues are lurking that you can’t feel or see. Luckily, our dental team has been trained to detect even the smallest warning signs.

By coming in every six months for cleanings we will be able to catch decay, infections, gum disease, damage and other issues before they become serious. If the issue is caught soon enough this usually means a simpler solution for treating the issue, which also saves you money in the long run.

Cleanings are also a great way for us to remove tartar and plaque from along the gumline and between teeth, which you may miss during your at-home cleanings. It doesn’t take long for plaque to harden into tartar (anywhere from 24 to 72 hours) and once plaque hardens it can’t be removed with your at-home toothbrush (only we have the proper tools to remove tartar).

So, why is removing tartar important? If tartar is left on your teeth it can lead to cavities and gum disease. Even the most thorough brushers and flossers still present with some tartar buildup, but coming in for dental cleanings twice a year will help keep decay and gum disease at bay.

Coming in regularly for professional cleanings also offers other amazing benefits, including:

  • Removing surface stains and brightening your smile
  • Achieving fresher breath
  • Preventing decay and gum disease
  • Early detection of dental problems including oral cancer

So, when was the last time you visited our Petoskey, MI, dental office for a cleaning? Whether you are avid about coming in regularly or you’ve been putting it off, we can work with your schedule to get your dental routine back on track. Schedule your next cleaning with us.