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Troy, MI 48085
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By Rochester Denta
February 09, 2016
Category: Dental Hygiene
Tags: dental visits  

Dental examinations and cleanings are crucial to not only your oral health but your general health as well. Having a clean and healthy dental visitssmile boosts confidence and helps prevent major dental problems. Understanding the importance of teeth cleanings and oral hygiene is easy with help from your Troy, MI dentists at Rochester Dental.

Why are cleanings important? 
Regular professional teeth cleanings do more than just shine and polish your pearly whites. Some of the reasons twice-yearly teeth cleanings are important include:

  • Preventing gum disease: Gum disease occurs when bacteria on the teeth turn into plaque. Plaque, in turn, turns into hard tartar, causing irritation to the gums and, eventually, gum disease. Regular dental cleanings allow your dentist to reverse or prevent gum disease like gingivitis by removing plaque and tartar which has formed on the teeth.
  • Preventing oral cancer: Oral cancer, which is treatable and curable if caught early, affects tens of thousands of Americans each year. At your biannual dental examination and cleaning, your dentist screens for oral cancer, allowing it to be caught and treated before it spreads.
  • Catching dental problems early: Cavities, cracked teeth and broken teeth are much easier to treat in their early stages than when they are more advanced. A dental cleaning which reveals one of these problems can result in a simple tooth filling rather than a root canal or even an extraction further down the road.
  • Maintaining good health: A healthy mouth is a key element to having good overall health. Seeing your dentist twice a year helps eliminate and treat tooth decay and other dental problems to keep you healthy.
  • Clean teeth are beautiful teeth: Tooth decay in its earliest form causes white spots on the teeth which eventually turn brown or black once the decay starts eating through your tooth’s enamel. Teeth which are free of these conditions maintain a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Regular cleanings also remove stains from everyday things like coffee, tea or smoking tobacco, keeping your smile bright and white.

For more information on teeth cleanings and dental examinations, please contact Dr. William Carmody, D.D.S. and Dr. Debra Halsey, D.D.S. at Rochester Dental in Troy, MI. Call (248) 528-0700 to schedule your dental examination and cleaning today!