Properly cleaning your teeth is the most effective way of ensuring dental health. However, no matter how great your at-home habits are, you still need to visit the dentist for a professional cleaning. It is recommended that adults visit the dentist twice a year for a cleaning, and children should receive their first cleaning by their first birthday, or after teeth begin erupting. At Richard L. Beckermeyer, D.D.S., PC, our team truly cares about your smile, and we believe that great dental health leads to great overall health. Conveniently located in Niles, MI, we help patients of all ages across Southwestern Michigan achieve a clean and healthy smile!
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Benefits of a Professional Dental Cleaning
During a professional dental cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove any plaque, tartar and surface stains that can’t be cleaned away with just brushing and flossing. The hygienist will also screen your teeth and mouth for any signs of developing issues, such as decay, gum disease, and oral cancer. By catching these issues as early as possible, we have an increased chance for treatment success. At the end of the cleaning, we provide individualized advice as to how you can improve your at-home dental care to ensure you are being proactive about your oral health! For example, we may suggest flossing more often, adjusting your diet, or drinking more water rather than soda.
How to Take Care of Your Teeth at Home
Brush your teeth every time you eat. Be sure to use a soft toothbrush and brush gently, to prevent bleeding and gum recession. Use a fluoridated toothpaste to strengthen your tooth enamel. Make sure you reach all teeth, especially your back molars!
Floss in between all of your teeth everyday, to remove food and plaque that can’t be removed by brushing. You may want to try the gentle irrigation of a WaterPik.
Maintain a diet that is low in sugar. When sugar remains in the mouth, it turns into an acid that attacks tooth enamel, weakening it and making your teeth more susceptible to cavities.
Visit the dentist twice a year for a routine cleaning!