A Center For Family Dentistry

A Thorough Teeth Cleaning Can Protect Your Longterm Oral Health

Proper dental care and regular checkups can protect your oral health and overall wellbeing. During a professional teeth cleaning, we can eliminate bacteria, plaque, and tartar that has built up on the surface of your teeth for a cleaner, healthier smile. For certain patients, we can also perform a deep cleaning to address mild to moderate gum disease. At our practice in Troy, MI, we understand the importance of at-home dental care. During your visit, Dr. Keith Kelley and his dedicated team can recommend the most effective oral hygiene practices for your unique needs.

What to Expect during a Routine Cleaning

image of dental cleaningDuring your visit, your experienced hygienist can examine your smile and make note of any areas of concern. She can then gently remove plaque and tartar on the surface of the teeth and around the gum line using a special instrument called a scaler. Next, your hygienist can polish your smile using a a high-speed rotating toothbrush and gritty toothpaste. She can then floss your teeth to ensure comprehensive results.

Depending upon your needs, we may provide sealants or fluoride treatment to protect and strengthen your enamel. After your cleaning is complete, we can review your at-home oral hygiene routine and recommend effective products or techniques to enhance your oral health.


Dental cleanings typically take place in conjunction with routine exams. During this portion of your visit, Dr. Kelley can examine your smile to identify signs of gum disease or tooth decay. By detecting these conditions in their earliest stages, we can perform more conservative treatments to protect the longevity and structure of your smile.

During your visit, Dr. Keith Kelley and his dedicated team can recommend the most effective oral hygiene practices for your unique needs.

Deep Cleanings

If you are diagnosed with gum disease, we may recommend a deep cleaning. This procedure is also known as scaling and planing, and it is the most effective treatment for mild to moderate periodontitis. After numbing your gums, we can remove plaque and tartar that has built up below the gum line. We can then smooth the tooth roots, eliminating rough areas that can harbor infection-causing bacteria. If needed, we may also provide topical antibiotics as an added defense against microbes.

Why Are Dental Cleanings So Important?

Regular dental cleanings enable your doctor to remove harmful bacteria that cause decay and gum disease. If left untreated, periodontal disease can result in tooth loss, jawbone deterioration, and changes to your facial structure and contour. In addition, gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illness. As a result, professional dental cleanings can not only protect your dental health but also preserve your physical wellbeing.

Protect Your Smile Today

We recommend that patients visit our office for routine checkups twice per year to ensure optimal oral health. To schedule your professional cleaning with Dr. Kelley, contact us online or call (248) 828-3185.

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