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Dental cleanings are an important part of complete oral care. Getting your teeth examined and cleaned takes steps to prevent significant health problems, such as heart disease, gum disease, stroke, and oral cancer.

Oral health problems are largely preventable, however they are still very common and affect many patients.

Proper daily oral hygiene habits–brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day–are important for sustaining your overall health. The foods you eat also has great impact on your oral and overall health. Making poor dietary choices can cause cavities, as well as affect such conditions as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, obesity, and cancer.

In addition to your home hygiene habits, it is important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for dental cleanings and oral exams. These visits help identify problems early, while they are still fairly simple and economical to repair. During the visit, a few things can happen. We remove any tartar (hardened plaque) present on the teeth and gums, to prevent tooth decay and gum disease (also called gingivitis). We also check for signs of cavities, advanced gum disease and gingivitis, oral cancer and any other oral health issues that may be present. Additionally, it is common to remove stains on the teeth, which can be caused by coffee, red wine, tea, other highly pigmented foods and drinks or tobacco.

To schedule an appointment in Ann Arbor, Michigan, call Alberto A. Herrero, DDS at 734-222-9140. Dr. Herrero and our team look forward to seeing you!