How Professional Teeth Cleanings Can Save Your Smile
By Gregory S. Herzler, DDS
June 13, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: teeth cleanings  

After tooth loss, gum disease, and other dental issues, some patients start to give up on their smiles and become lax with everyday teeth cleaningsmaintenance. However, no matter the condition of your teeth and gums, there are treatments that can help you get on the right track with your dental health. There are key steps that you can take to save your smile, starting with a visit with Dr. Greg Herzler in Saginaw, MI for a professional teeth cleaning.

Saving Your Smile
Although most Americans understand the importance of good dental health, many still don’t properly care for their smiles to avoid dental disease. Approximately 30 percent of American seniors have no remaining teeth and 178 million Americans are missing at least one according to the American College of Prosthodontists. Take action now if you want to keep your teeth healthy, strong, and firmly rooted throughout your life. You have a much better chance to save your smile when you see your dentist for regular professional teeth cleanings. 

Your Professional Tooth Cleaning Appointment
At your appointment, you will lay back in the chair so that your Saginaw, MI dentist can take a good look at what’s going on with your smile. The dentist will check for plaque build-up, hardened tartar, and any signs of gum disease. X-rays will be taken if you’re due for them. Bacteria, plaque, and hardened dental matter will be removed using an ultrasonic scaler or metal curettes and a steady stream of cleansing liquid. The teeth will be polished with a brush and special dental gel, then you’ll be asked to rinse thoroughly. You’ll also be consulted about treatments that can help save your smile. The whole appointment should take under an hour.

After the Appointment
Once your smile is clean and has been treated by your Saginaw, MI dentist, you can start fresh with new oral hygiene habits. Make a commitment to do the following after your appointment:

- Increase your brushing frequency—brush in the morning and at night.
- Diligently floss before bed, paying close attention to the areas where your dentist removed a lot of plaque or tartar buildup.
- Eat more yogurt (for the probiotics), crunchy vegetables, crisp fruit, and calcium-rich foods like real cheese.

A Happy Smile with Help from Your Dentist
The best way to save your smile and prevent dental problems is to visit your dentist on a regular basis for professional cleanings and checkups. Call 989-793-7733 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Greg Herzler at his office in Saginaw, MI.