Professional Dental Cleanings for Farmington Residents
In keeping with the recommendation of the American Dental Association, Dr. Metzger recommends that everyone over the age of four or five should visit the dentist for a professional hygiene appointment twice per year. Why so often you may ask? In our office, we can carefully and thoroughly clean each one of your teeth. Our cleaning not only removes plaque, but can also remove surface stains before they begin to penetrate the enamel layer of your tooth and reach the dentin.
Gum Disease Prevention
In addition, our gentle hygienists will inspect your gums for periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss among American adults. They are specially trained to detect, deter, and treat gum disease. The signs of gum disease that we look for include:
- Red and swollen gums
- Gums that bleed when brushed or flossed
- Persistent bad breath
- Receding gums that seem to make your teeth look longer
- Gum pockets that measure more than four centimeters in depth
- Shifting or lose teeth
- Pus in between your teeth and gums
We prefer to help you maintain optimal oral health so that you never have to worry about gum disease, also known as periodontal disease. However, if you develop periodontal problems, we're here to help you.
If we find cause for concern, we may recommend that you change your oral healthcare routine or the products you use at home.
Strict brushing at least twice every day and flossing once a day go a long way toward preventing gum disease. And both are necessary, because oral hygiene is incomplete if you do one and not the other; brushing removes food particles and plaque from the surfaces of your teeth and flossing removes them from in between your teeth. And be sure to always choose toothpaste with fluoride, which is a natural mineral that strengthens enamel, so your teeth are better equipped to battle the bacteria and acid that can lead to tooth decay.
We may also suggest a deep cleaning, which involves:
- Scaling to remove tartar from below the gum line
- Root planing to smooth rough root surfaces where plaque builds
Also, at these regular cleanings and checkups, Dr. Metzger and her team of dental hygienists and assistants can more easily recognize changes in your oral condition. For example, let’s say that at one dental checkup, Dr. Metzger spots a tooth that is cracked. Perhaps the tooth doesn’t need immediate attention. However, at the next appointment six months later she sees that the crack has deepened and may cleave the tooth. Now, Dr. Metzger may recommend placing a dental crown to preserve the tooth and avoid the trouble of a split tooth that may require extraction. All this is prevented with regular six-month checkups.
To learn more about dental cleanings or to schedule an appointment with your dentist in Farmington, MI, contact Monet Aesthetic Dentistry today.