Dental cleanings, in addition to good oral hygiene, can help you keep your smile healthy. In fact, visiting Dr. Mahmoud Farhat, your dentist in Dearborn, MI, at Zenith Dental Care, every six months for a cleaning is a simple way to care for your smile.
How dental cleanings help your smile
Dental cleanings offer several important smile benefits, including:
- Lower Cavity Risk: Cleanings remove plaque, a sticky, transparent film that constantly coats your teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that can cause tooth decay. No matter how carefully you brush and floss, you may miss a few spots of plaque, particularly if any of your teeth overlap. Thanks to regular dental cleanings, you'll lower your risk of cavities.
- Reduced Likelihood of Gum Disease: Your cleaning visit will also involve removal of tartar, a grey or brown substance that is so hard it can only be removed with special dental tools. Tartar irritates the gums and can be a factor in gum disease. The disease causes painful, inflamed gums and can even lead to tooth loss if it's not treated promptly.
- Improved Appearance: Cleanings not only get rid of plaque and tartar but also remove surface stains that dull teeth. When you leave the Dearborn dental office, your teeth will sparkle and feel cleaner than ever.
- Diagnosis of Dental Problems: Every cleaning visit also includes an examination by the dentist and X-rays, if necessary. During your exam, your dentist will look for signs of cavities, gum disease and other issues that may affect your oral health, such as cracked teeth, abnormal wear, eroded tooth enamel, infections and receding gums. He'll also perform an oral cancer screening and discuss any oral health symptoms you may be having.
Has it been too long since you had a dental cleaning? Call your Dearborn, MI, dentist, Dr. Farhat at Zenith Dental Care, at (313) 406-9612 to schedule an appointment.