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Don’t Neglect Your Teeth, Get Regular Cleanings And Exams

Our team is prepared to handle big problems like cracked teeth, stained smiles, and missing teeth. That’s part of being a general dentistry office. But we know that paying attention to the small stuff is important to make sure problems stay small or are completely prevented. If you ignore pain in your knee, for example, it can turn into a big problem requiring surgery. And if you ignore that little bit of blood you see when you brush, it can turn into a bigger problem like gum disease, which can make your teeth loosen or fall out. Regular cleanings and exams are invaluable ways to help keep that winning smile you love. To schedule your next dental cleanings and dental exams Alma, MI appointment, call our dental office at (989)-796-4848.

Why Are Dental Office Visits So Important?

Everyone knows that they need to take care of their teeth and gums at home. Avoid sugary foods and drinks, brush twice a day, and floss regularly, and you can help keep things healthy and clean. Then why are dental office visits needed? You might exercise, eat right, and sleep well, but you still need to visit a doctor’s office, right? The same is true for dentistry. First, only a dentist has the training and specialized equipment to get your teeth and gums truly clean. But it’s also about the dental exams, where Dr. McDonald and our team will look for signs of problems. This allow us to provide treatments while any problem is small, saving you time, effort, and money.

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What Will My First Appointment Look Like?

When you come to our Alma, MI dental office for your first visit, you’ll be greeted warmly. If you already downloaded and completed your new patient forms, we will take them. If not, we’ll ask you to complete them before heading back to our patient rooms. Then we will provide a quick tour of our Alma dental office, give you a small gift as a way to say thanks, and introduce you to Dr. McDonald and his assistants and hygienists. We believe you can have a more relaxing visit once you get to know our team. One of our hygienists will then clean your teeth thoroughly before you visit with Dr. McDonald for your exam. After the exam is complete, Dr. McDonald will go over the results with you so you can work together and create a plan to fix any problems.

Dr. McDonald Describes a Patient's First Visit

How Can You Clean My Gums?

Saliva does a great job of keeping your gums clean, but plaque and tartar can build up along the gumline and even just below it. To eliminate the bacteria, we offer a deep cleaning method called root planing and scaling. In this treatment, we gently remove plaque buildup near the gumline. Then, we move the gums to expose more of the tooth root and carefully scrub away any built-up plaque and tartar. This helps keep your gums clean and safe from gum disease.

How Long Will I Have To Wait Before My Appointment Really Starts?

At our Alma, MI dental office, we know your schedule is packed as it is. Adding a dental appointment can be difficult, especially if that appointment runs late. No one wants to waste time in the waiting room, which is why punctuality is very important to us. Your appointment will start on time, every time.

Some people may think visiting the dentist every six months is overkill. But the truth is that the more you neglect your teeth and skip regular cleanings and exams, the more likely a small problem like a cavity or gingivitis can turn into something expensive and dangerous. For more information about our dental cleanings and exams, or to make your next appointment, call us at (989)-796-4848 or fill out our online form today.