Many different problems can arise from plaque and tartar buildup, such as decaying teeth, gum disease, missing teeth and other oral diseases and complications. At Comfort Family Dental we know how important it is for patients to come in for a proper cleaning every year at our Eastpointe MI dental care office to rid them of their dental plaque. Patients should have a dental cleaning each year because our dentist can get deep into the pockets between the teeth and gums to rid the teeth of excess food, debris, bacteria and to scrape plaque off teeth.
Regular brushing and flossing alone cannot get as deeply into the crevices where food and bacteria hide, causing plaque and tartar to form on the teeth. Plaque is a hard buildup that forms a film over teeth. This film can damage teeth and eventually cause tooth decay, which can cause cavities and gum disease. Cavities can lead to tooth loss and loss of bone and structure if they aren’t taken care of properly. Because missing teeth can warp the jawline and gums, it’s important to ensure that teeth stay intact in order to avoid later complications and devices such as dentures and implants, which can be costly. Our Eastpointe MI dental care office can monitor and keep track of your annual appointments to rid your teeth of plaque.
For those with gingivitis or periodontitis, a deep cleaning method may be employed to get down into the pockets. Sometimes, the pockets may reach 4mm or more. In this case, we may recommend a proper periodontal scaling and root planing at our Eastpointe MI dental care office in order to clear the pockets of the bacteria inside that can cause bone loss and tooth decay. Along with annual cleanings, regular oral care, brushing and flossing can help keep teeth clean and healthy.