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Help Prevent These 4 Problems with Routine Dental Cleanings

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You take your car for a tune-up on a regular basis to avoid problems, so shouldn’t you be caring for your smile the same way? Visiting your dentist on a routine basis for preventive cleanings is a critical part of your dental care plan. In most patients, these simple and painless visits are recommended every six months.

It’s true that diligent brushing and flossing at home goes a long way towards optimal oral health, but there are certain elements of your smile that can only be addressed with a professional dental cleaning. Only a cleaning from your dentist can effectively remove stubborn plaque buildup once it has hardened. This is the harmful substance that can cause damage to your teeth and gums, and even lead to consequences within your overall health. Most importantly, your routine dental visits give us a chance to catch dental problems early, before they cause pain or other threats to your smile health.

By simply keeping your routine dental checkups on the calendar, you can avoid or help prevent the following:

#1 Tooth Decay
In its initial stages plaque is soft, sticky and colorless substance that is easily removed with your toothbrush. Unfortunately, plaque builds up quickly throughout the day and doesn’t always get removed before it hardens into stubborn tartar and calculus. At this stage, a professional cleaning is required to remove it. If not, the bacteria-laden film can lead to tiny holes in your teeth (also known as cavities).
#2 Gum Disease
Periodontal disease is a common, yet serious oral health condition. It is also caused by the plaque buildup along your gum line and tooth roots. Without routine cleanings, plaque can accumulate and produce harmful toxins that irritate the gums and cause inflammation and infection. Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, is easily reversed. However, if you’re not seeing your dentist on regular basis, the infection may progress enough to destroy the gums and underlying bone and cause tooth loss.
#3 Bad Breath
No one wants bad breath, which is called halitosis in the medical field. Poor oral hygiene is the leading culprit to persistent breath odor. The best way to fight this embarrassing condition is to let your dentist give you a thorough cleaning twice a year. Your dentist may even notice evidence of gum disease or dry mouth that is causing your halitosis.
#4 Tooth Stains
Your whitening toothpaste can only do so much to remove your stubborn tooth stains. If you drink coffee or red wine or have a smoking habit, a professional cleaning help your smile regain brilliance before the stains set into the deeper layers of your teeth.

The truth is, routine dental care benefits your smile as well as your overall health and wellbeing. There is a strong link between your oral health and your body health. Therefore, following the recommended guidelines of getting regular dental cleanings throughout the year can make a big difference in how you look and feel.

How long has it been since you let a dentist clean your teeth? Call Mitzi Morris, DMD today!

Posted on the behalf of Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC

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  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

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    Lesley G
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C

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