Dental Cleaning in Los Angeles, CA
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Clean teeth are important for the health of your mouth and body. Regular professional cleaning by a Los Angeles dentist like Dr. Suzanne Khalili is very important to keep your pearly whites looking their best and to prevent problems like plaque, tooth decay and gum disease.
Regular professional cleaning is vital for the health of your teeth and mouth. Relatively simple and painless, a cleaning offers an opportunity for an assessment that can catch potential problems early as well as remove plaque and tartar that can contribute to tooth decay.
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Here are the usual steps of a professional teeth cleaning
The Physical Exam
Before the hygienist begins cleaning your teeth, the first step is a physical exam. Using a small mirror, the hygienist will examine your teeth and gums for signs of redness, inflammation or gum disease. In the event of major problems, the dentist will also come in a take a look before the cleaning proceeds.
Plaque and Tartar Removal
Probably the most important of all professional cleaning steps is the removal of built-up plaque and tartar. Using a tool called a scaler, the hygienist will scrape between the teeth and around the gum line. In some cases, the hygienist will also use a laser to break up large chunks of tartar. Laser cleaning is sometimes more expensive, but it can be faster and is sometimes easier for the patient.
Once all plaque and tartar have been removed, the hygienist uses a special gritty toothpaste to clean and polish the teeth. The paste is applied with a high-powered electric brush. Although similar in scent and texture to regular toothpaste, the cleaning paste has a gritty texture that gently scrubs the teeth, removing any remaining traces of plaque and tartar. It can wear down enamel if used too often, which is why it’s only used in professional cleaning.
Although you should floss your teeth at least once a day, professional flossing can get deep between the teeth in a way that just isn’t possible when you floss at home. The professional flossing also removes any last traces of leftover plaque or toothpaste from the preceding steps.
In addition to washing with a gentle stream of water and having you swish water in your mouth, the hygienist uses fluoride in the rinse for extra protection for your teeth.
In many cases, the final step of a professional cleaning is a fluoride treatment. The hygienist applies a flavored foamy gel into a mouthpiece that fits over the teeth. You’ll wear the mouthpiece for about one minute and follow with another thorough rinse.
When you have your professional cleaning, you may also need X-rays (usually performed once a year). Children may have sealants applied to the molars to help prevent tooth decay.
Professional cleaning can help protect your mouth from disease and your teeth from decay. It also helps head off problems. Please contact Adams Family Dentistry for an appointment.