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Teeth Cleaning Myths Debunked

Myth #1: I brush my teeth so I don’t need to get them professionally cleaned.

The truth is that although you should feel proud of yourself for taking good care of your teeth at home, you really still need to have them cleaned by a professional at least every six months. This is because if you have any tartar you will not be able to remove it on your own with a toothbrush. It can only be removed by a professional’s tools. If the tartar is left on your teeth it can lead to problems such as gum disease, which is the infection of the gums and bones that surround your teeth. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Your hygienist will be able to remove any tartar from your teeth and gums for you during your cleaning. Be sure to visit your Bright Side Dental dentist in Sterling Heights, or at any of their locations, to have your teeth professionally cleaned. A dental cleaning is about so much more than just clean teeth. Your dentist will also check the health of your gums and be sure you are free of any gum disease or decay.

Myth #2: My child doesn’t need to get their teeth cleaned until the baby teeth fall out and the adult teeth grow in.

The truth is that baby teeth can develop decay and this decay can spread to the adult teeth waiting below the gums if left untreated. Those baby teeth are just as important as the adult teeth and also need to be cleaned at least every six months. Most dentists will recommend starting regular cleanings at age three. Ask your Bright Side Dental dentist in Sterling Heights for their recommendations for your child’s dental care. Of course, if your child is younger than three and you have any questions or concerns about their teeth or oral health, be sure to schedule an appointment sooner. At home care is important, of course, but so is the care of your Bright Side Dental dentist and hygienist.

Myth #3: My teeth look and feel fine so I don’t need to get them cleaned.

The truth is that although your teeth may look fine to the naked eye, there may be dental issues occurring that you aren’t even aware of beneath the surface. That is why your dentist uses x-rays and a conducts a thorough examination at your regular cleaning and checkup so that along with your cleaning, your entire mouth’s health is evaluated. Regular checkups allow your dentist to be sure your teeth are free of decay and your gums are free of any gum disease. Gum disease can by symptomless so your Bright Side Dental dentist will check at every appointment. Be sure to mention any bleeding, soreness, red or puffiness that you are experiencing with your gums since those can be early warning signs of gum disease. All of your general dentistry needs and so much more can be met at Bright Side Dental. Call 1-800-PAINLESS today!

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