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Monday 9:00am - 6:00pm

Tuesday -Thursday
8:00am - 5:00pm

Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm

Closed on Friday
during the Summer.

Phone: 989-773-3560

900 E Bellows St, Mt Pleasant, MI 48858


 

Family Dentistry - Mount Pleasant MI

General Dentistry Mount Pleasant, MISome people think they should skip their twice-yearly professional cleanings with Dr. Egger and his team to save a few clams. After all, isn’t brushing and flossing at home just the same as what they do with that little spinning brush and those picks?

Well, it’s the difference between you playing pond hockey and Henrik Zetterberg playing in the NHL for the Red Wings.

Our professional cleanings and exams are critical parts of your oral hygiene regimen. Here’s what we do.

What is involved in the exam?

This is what Dr. Egger is looking for when you come in twice each year.

  • Diagnostic dental x-rays— X-rays are crucial in detecting some hygiene issues: decay, possible tumors, cysts, and bone loss. We also use x-rays to check the position and alignment of each tooth.
  • Oral cancer screening— Dr. Egger checks your gums, tissues, throat, tongue, lips, face, and neck for signs of oral cancer. See, he’s not just pulling on your tongue for fun.
  • Evaluation of your gums— This is the time Dr. Egger looks for signs of periodontitis, gum disease.
  • Examination for decay— In addition to x-rays, Dr. Egger uses visual clues to check for the beginnings of decay on your teeth.
  • Examination of your dental restorations— He’ll check any prosthetics such as bridges or crowns, along with fillings, veneers, bonding, and the like.

How is the cleaning different than what I do at home?

We call our professional cleanings prophylaxis because it sounds fancy. But there are things we do with our cleanings that you cannot do at home. Here’s the plan:

  • Calculus (tartar) removal— If you ever had to take calculus in high school or college, you probably wish it could have been removed from your schedule. Calculus on your teeth needs removing, too. Calculus is the clinical name for a plaque that has hardened onto your teeth. Plaque is always on there, waiting for you to brush and floss it away every day. But over time some areas tend to form tartar, areas such as the inside of your front bottom teeth. You can’t remove tartar at home; we have to chip and break it off with our trusty dental picks.
  • Plaque removal— This sticky, invisible substance forms on your teeth all the time. Along with saliva, food debris and bacteria hang around in plaque. You remove it at home, but we remove every bit of it when we professionally clean.
  • Teeth are polishing— The gritty tooth-cleaning paste we apply with our spinning brushes polishes away any remaining plaque and the lighter stains on your enamel.

Is it time for your twice-yearly appointment? Call Dr. Egger at 989-773-3560 to make your appointment.