Teeth Cleanings

Teeth Cleanings Dentist Holland, MIIn general, we recommend that you schedule a teeth cleaning with us every 6 months. Although, you may need more frequent cleanings if we need to monitor a chronic condition. Under these circumstances, you may need teeth cleanings every 3 to 4 months.

Here’s what you need to know.

What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?

We may take new X-rays if it’s been a while since your last ones. That way, we’ll be able to detect any conditions that aren’t visible to the naked eye.

The dental hygienist will use a scaler to gently scrape away plaque and tartar from your teeth. She’ll then brush your teeth with a flavored polish, which has a gritty texture.

This grit helps to remove plaque and tartar while polishing each tooth. As such, you may notice that your teeth feel smoother after your dental cleaning.

Next, your hygienist will floss to remove any food particles or plaque between your teeth. Then, they’ll have you rinse and wait for the dentist to perform the final dental examination.

Dr. Habecker will also be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your oral health. If we detect any issues during your visit, Dr. Habecker will help you understand your treatment options.

Do I Need a Professional Teeth Cleaning?

Yes, everyone needs to schedule teeth cleanings. While you can remove plaque at home, only a skilled dental professional can remove tartar.

During your appointment, we may also take X-rays to check for any decay hiding between teeth. X-rays also help us detect signs of bone loss in the jaw and other issues.

What If I Have Periodontal Disease?

If you have periodontal disease, our dentist may decide that you need a deep dental cleaning. People with periodontal disease tend to have deep gum pockets around their teeth. These pockets collect food particles and plaque over time.

The good news is that Dr. Habecker can clean the pockets around your teeth. This removes plaque both above and below the gum line.

Schedule a Teeth Cleaning Appointment

Dr. Brenton Habecker is an experienced family dentist in Holland, MI. As such, he’d be more than happy to help you maintain a healthy smile for life.

To request an appointment, please call Macatawa Smiles at (616) 396-7524. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

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Dear Patient Family,

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care and we appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to follow orders from the Governor's Office.

We are happy to say that we are opening our office for all patient treatment on June 1st, 2020. Our hours of operation will go back to normal, Monday-Thursday 8am - 5pm. We want you to know that there will be some changes at your next appointment. Please be patient with us as our protocols will inevitably change as new guidelines are released.

  • We ask that you use our parking lot as the waiting room.
  • Please wear a mask when you come into the office and leave it on until entering the treatment room. Homemade is acceptable.
  • Only the person receiving treatment should come in the building, all others will be asked to wait in the car if at all possible. The exception will be for our minor patients who may have one parent accompany them.
  • We will be asking you some questions when you arrive at the office and we will also be taking your temperature.
  • We will not be able to offer magazines, drinks, or toys at this time as they cannot be disinfected to our standards. Eventually this will change and we will be happy to offer our amenities once again.

These changes have been made to adhere to the latest CDC guidelines and for the benefit of our patients and our staff. We want you to know that our office has always taken the safety of our patients very seriously and that we will continue to follow the highest levels of sterilization and disinfection to keep you protected. If you would like more information on what measures we have taken we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

We cannot say how excited we are to see all of our patients again and to provide for their dental needs. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces soon!

Dr. Habecker and Team