Hello again, Plymouth, MI! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Plymouth Dentistry. We hope the holiday season has been kind to you thus far, and you’ve begun planning for a wonderful 2016. As we mentioned in our last couple of posts, we always like to hear when our patients are making New Year’s resolutions.

We’ve heard a lot of great New Year’s resolutions so far. Many of our patients have declared that 2016 will be the year they get into better health through diet and exercise. Several other patients have mentioned that they’d like to try and save some money this year, so they can finally go on a tropical vacation or make an extravagant purchase.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could better your health and fatten your wallet with one New Year’s resolution? You can! Making a resolution to have your teeth cleaned and examined every six months can significantly lower your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and other ailments. Regular cleanings and exams can also save you money by preventing the need for more expensive restorative or cosmetic dental treatments.

At Plymouth Dentistry, we want to be your headquarters for Plymouth family dentistry. In today’s post we’re going to look at the health benefits of regular dental cleanings and exams and why they can save you money. We’ll also describe what you can expect during a routine dental appointment if it’s been awhile (or even decades) since you visited the dentist.

The Health Benefits of Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

Whenever you eat or take a drink, bacteria is left on your teeth and gums. This bacteria quickly turns into an acidic film of plaque. Plaque is a yellow substance that makes your teeth feel grimy and look discolored. When plaque is allowed to accumulate on your teeth and gums, it directly causes tooth decay and gum disease.

Plaque is acidic, so when it accumulates on your teeth, it begins to dissolve holes into your enamel. These cavities can range from minor ones, which can be repaired with a dental filling, to much larger ones, which require a dental crown or extraction. Cavities also expose your teeth to infection by allowing bacteria to reach the inner material of your teeth.

When plaque accumulates on your gums, you can begin to suffer from gum disease. When the plaque gets under your gumline, your gums can become infected or irritated. Gum disease may also cause your gums to separate from your teeth, potentially causing them to fall out. Gum disease has been linked to other diseases including heart disease and cancer.

Even if you brush your teeth after every meal and floss every night, plaque still accumulates on your teeth. During a routine teeth cleaning, we carefully remove plaque from your teeth and gums. This lowers your risk of tooth decay and can actually reverse the early stages of gum disease. We recommend having your teeth cleaned and examined every six months.

How Dental Cleanings and Exams Can Save You Money

The problems caused by tooth decay and gum disease can be expensive to repair. If plaque is allowed to cause tooth decay, you may end up needing a filling or dental crown to repair the damage. If your tooth becomes infected, you may need a root canal and a dental crown to restore your tooth to health. Gum disease can cost you your teeth and require them to be replaced with dental implants or a bridge. These restorative dentistry treatments are significantly more expensive than routine cleanings and exams.

What to Expect During a Routine Dental Exam and Cleaning

When you come to your headquarters for Plymouth family dentistry, we use ultrasonic tools to remove plaque from your teeth. Your Plymouth dentist may also recommend that you undergo a fluoride treatment or have a sealant applied to protect you from cavities. The entire cleaning is pain-free and comfortable.

During a routine dental exam, we will physically inspect your teeth. We can use X-rays to look for cavities and the DIAGNOdent laser decay detection to look for small signs of decay. Your Plymouth dentist will also screen you for signs of gum disease and oral cancer. He may then recommend further dental treatments for you.

Make An Appointment

Wouldn’t it be great to save some money while bettering your health? Then schedule an appointment at Plymouth Dentistry in Plymouth, MI. Call us today at (734) 224-4359.