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Dental Cleanings Ypsilanti, MI

A woman receiving Dental Cleaning in Ypsilanti, MIOur office, along with the ADA, recommends patients have two professional, in-office dental cleanings per year. Patients who suffer from chronic periodontitis may need to be seen more often. Dental cleanings performed by a hygienist allows our team member to exam the health and status of your teeth and gums, including the level of decay present and to track and measure the gum pockets. By keeping a careful record of information, Dr. Van Alstine can predict and better assess the potential for problems. Our team at Van Alstine Family Dentistry can help you have a strong, and healthy smile.

What does a dental cleaning involve?

There are several steps that occur during your semi-annual dental cleaning. This may include:

•  Digital X-rays:We often begin with digital images of your oral cavity. This helps our team review and examine any hidden or unknown problems.
•  Track and Measure:Using a hand scaler, the hygienist will measure the depth of your gum pockets at each tooth. You may hear the hygienist call out numbers as they proceed. Gum pockets are the space between the tooth and gums, if the patient has gum disease the gums begin to separate from the teeth, we do not want that to happen. Any depths greater than 3mm is an indication that steps need to be taken to help the gums reattach.
•  Cleaning:The cleaning process includes the removal of plaque, tartar, and any calcium deposits. Plaque is a soft material that is easy to remove with a simple toothbrush. Tartar and calcium deposits is a much harder substance to remove and should only be removed by a hygienist who knows to remove it without damaging the enamel. In most adult cleaning appointments we use a tool known as an ultrasonic scaler. This tool includes a forced stream of directed water that contains oxygenated bubbles. In a way, we are pressure washing your teeth, on a much smaller scale. The ultrasonic scaler is very effective in removing tartar and other hardened material without damaging the enamel.
•  Flossing:Once the hygienist has completed removing all debris, the teeth are then flossed. We may use this time to review the patient areas that need more directed attention when they are brushing and flossing at home. Note that the floss is moved in a C formation as it passes between your teeth, not in an up and down motion. This helps to catch and remove any debris.
•  Polish:Finally, the teeth are polished. Polishing your teeth removes extrinsic stains, this includes stains from foods and drinks. Using a gritty toothpaste and a rotary brush, we remove stains and polish the teeth.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a very common, though problematic disease. Many patients do not understand that it is an active bacterial infection in their mouth. Bacterial infections have the potential to affect other areas of your body as well. If you suffer from red, puffy gums, or see any evidence of blood when you are flossing, this is an indication that some level of gum disease is present. We can help. Keeping your gums healthy helps your teeth, and can help your body.

Regular Dental Cleanings

Our team at Van Alstine Family Dentistry would like to see all of our patients for regular dental cleanings. This time allows us to note the status of your gums and provide tips and information to help you be successful in caring for your teeth. We invite you to contact our Ypsilanti office for more information. (734) 480-8818

Schedule An Appointment

Do you have questions? We welcome your phone calls and invite you to join our dental family. We are here to assist you on, or to get started on your journey toward a healthy, confident smile at our dental practice in Ypsilanti, MI. For more information or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (734) 480-8818 or fill out our online appointment request form.
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Location: 1900 Packard Rd Ypsilanti, MI 48197-1866
Call: (734) 480-8818


Here are a few helpful hints to ensure you arrive safely:
•  When using GPS to find us be sure to enter Ypsilanti, there is a 1900 Packard not too far from us in Ann Arbor as well.
•  Turn onto Kewanee Rd off of Packard Rd. Then turn left into the parking lot below our building. You can park anywhere.
•  The entrance to the building is on the south side (facing Packard Rd) on the same level as the parking lot.
•  Once you enter, walk to the top of the stairs and turn right. We are the first office you come to with the big glass door. Please come in and let the receptionist know you are here.
•  If you are unable to use the stairs, please call us and we will be happy to help you access the ramp into the building.

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