Family and Cosmetic Dentist - Livonia
31574 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150
It's amazing how time flies - especially the time between dental visits! Although dental appointments may not top your list of favorite activities, it is vital to maintain regular dental continuing care appointments, even if you have no symptoms or feel that you have no problems.
Great dental care is one of the most important investments you'll make in your life. With careful at-home attention to daily cleaning and flossing, and regular professional cleanings and dental visits, there is no reason at all why you shouldn't have healthy teeth and gums and a gorgeous smile right into your twilight years.
While there is no universal "right" number of times to visit the dentist for regular continuing care appointments, the recommended average is at least two visits a year. There are, of course, exceptions to every rule, and each person needs an individual schedule for continuing care appointments. Your schedule will depend on specific dental issues such as amount of plaque and calculus buildup, decay rate, your susceptibility to gum disease and specific health issues such as diabetes, immunosuppressive diseases or even pregnancy, that tend to lead to a higher risk of gum disease.
What should you expect during your regular continuing care sessions? First we'll look for any deterioration in fillings, crowns or other restorations, new decay, signs of periodontal (gum) disease, root cavities (decay in the roots of teeth exposed by receding gums) and impacted wisdom teeth. We'll also perform a detailed check for unusual sores or changes in your tissues that may indicate oral cancer. To ensure that bacteria is removed from around and below the gum line, we will include scaling and polishing procedures to remove plaque, calculus and stains from teeth. If the calculus is not removed, it irritates and inflames the gums, ultimately leading to gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
If you haven't already made your next dental appointment, please call us today 734-425-4530 to reserve a convenient time for you. As always, if you have any questions about your oral health between appointments, please let us know - we would be pleased to talk to you.