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Dental Cleaning and Exams Shelby Township MI
A healthy smile begins as a clean smile, and our practiced dentist, Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver, leads our team in offering comprehensive dental cleanings and dental exams.
Proper oral hygiene is the basis for healthy teeth and gums. Without good hygiene, your teeth and gums are much more likely to suffer damage and diseases throughout your life. Plaque deposits are rich in bacteria and mineral particles, which then turn into tartar, not only destroy the tooth tissue, making it prone to decay, but also have a significant impact on the development of gum diseases, such as periodontitis.
Dental cleanings and exams are generally performed by one of our dental hygienists, who work carefully to:
- Clean, dry, and sanitize each tooth.
- Check each tooth for signs of decay or disease.
- Examine existing restorations for any needed repairs
- Apply topical fluoride
- Take a series of dental X-rays
- Review your dental history and questions
- Perform an oral cancer screening
Dental cleanings at Great Lakes Dentistry
At Great Lakes Dentistry in Shelby Township, MI, we offer a range of preventative and hygienic treatments.
These procedures are usually performed without anesthesia because they are not painful. What you might experience is slight discomfort, felt adequate to the individual sensitivity of the patient.
- Removal of tartar and plaque
These are basic preventative treatments that reduce the amount of bacteria accumulation in the mouth, preventing their further development, and improving the appearance of the teeth.
Tartar is removed using an ultrasonic scaler and hand tools. This method allows us to crush the hard stone structure without damaging the underlying surface of the tooth. Some discomfort and sensitivity may accompany the treatment due to vibrations emitted by the devices.
Dental plaque, or the unsightly brown streaks and discoloration on the teeth, is removed by sandblasting. The procedure involves rubbing the plaque from the tooth surface with a mixture of dental sand and water.
- Teeth polishing
Teeth polishing allows us to smooth surfaces that have become rough after cleaning procedures, such as sandblasting, in both fillings and natural parts of teeth. Buffing teeth is always done before applying a protective coating, such as fluoride. The benefits of teeth polishing include notable decrease in future paque buildup, which, consequently, prevents potential tooth decay. Teeth polishing also plays a key role in removing bacteria from their surface. Besides obvious health benefits associated with teeth polishing, the procedure itself promotes a gorgeous and whiter smile!
Why are dental exams important?
Dental exams are not only attributed to your oral health. Regular dental checkups benefit your overall general health, since many of the first signs of systemic diseases, such as diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis, may appear in your mouth before materializing anywhere else in your body. It is often the dentist who first recommends further specialist consultations upon noticing alarming changes in your mouth.
Dental exams, when performed on a regular basis, can quickly and efficiently catch any early signs of oral disease, tooth damage, or other problems related to your health.
Dental exams in children
We begin the oral examination by checking the health of the upper and lower lips and the mouth vestibule. Our dentist assesses the condition of cheek mucosa, gums, and your child’s tongue – its size, mobility, color, and shape. A vital element of intraoral examination is to determine the state of oral hygiene. The final stage includes the assessment of your child’s dentition by using a mirror and a probe. During the check-up, we note the number of teeth, size, shape, color, and condition of the hard tissues of the existing teeth, as well as examine the areas of missing teeth. The timeline of tooth eruption is another key aspect of dental examination among children.
Dental exams and teeth cleanings in Shelby Township are ideal for catching tooth decay before it becomes serious while helping you to feel confident in your dental healthcare decisions. We will not only suggest treatments but also do our best to explain why we feel they are necessary and all the ways they can benefit your smile. At Great Lakes Dentistry, we are pleased to offer dental cleanings and exams to patients of all ages, including children and seniors. If it has been some time since you have been to a dentist for a checkup, we encourage you to call our office and schedule a visit today. We look forward to serving you and your family!