Our dentists at Summit Woods Family Dental Care recommend getting a routine cleaning every six months. During the cleanings, dentists examine your teeth, the soft tissues of your mouth, and look for decay. However, regular cleanings can also improve your overall health, which is why it’s important to keep up with a routine cleaning schedule.
A prophylaxis is a cleaning that takes place when you visit one of our dentists in Jackson, MI every six months. During this cleaning, dentists remove plaque and tartar, check for signs of gum disease that can cause many complications, then clean and polish your teeth.
If they find evidence of gum disease, known as gingivitis in its early stages, the dentist may choose to do a deep cleaning to get rid of tartar on the gum line. Tartar forms when plaque, which is a yellowish liquid created when food breaks down and mixes with your saliva, dries on your teeth.
By brushing your teeth every morning and evening, you can get rid of most plaque. However, if it dries and forms tartar, then it is impossible to remove by brushing alone. It requires one of our dentists at Summit Woods Family Dental Care near you in Jackson, MI to remove it.
If tartar stays on your teeth, then the bacteria from it can put your health at risk by developing gum disease. People who have diabetes are especially vulnerable to developing gingivitis or periodontitis. However, by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, you can avoid having tartar stuck to your teeth and have healthier teeth.
The bacteria that cause gum disease can make its way into your bloodstream and lead to a heart attack or stroke. If you already have heart disease, you can protect yourself by going to visit one of our dentists every six months for routine examinations and cleanings.
Having gum disease can also cause bad breath, so if you want to prevent cavities, bad breath, or other complications, have your teeth cleaned regularly by our dentists at Summit Woods Family Dental Care in Jackson, MI.