The Value Of Dental Exams And Cleanings

teeth cleaningThe best way to save headaches and hassle when it comes to your teeth is to practice preventative care. This means keeping up with your oral hygiene on a daily basis and also scheduling regular appoints with your dentist to have a checkup and cleaning. We advise you to come in every six months for this procedure, so we can catch any potential issues before they grow into larger ones that could negatively affect your mouth’s health. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist will tell your what to expect when you come in for a routine preventative exam and cleaning.

Why You Need A Professional Cleaning

Brushing and flossing your teeth regularly is essential for maintaining a healthy mouth and radiant smile. However, no matter how thoroughly you brush your teeth, there will always be a gradual buildup of plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria, saliva, and food. If it remains on your teeth, it can harden and turn into tartar. These are the leading causes of gum disease and tooth decay, so they should be addressed. A professional cleaning is conducted by a dental hygienist who has the proper training and tools to remove this buildup. By having your teeth cleaned twice a year, you’re minimizing the likelihood of plaque and tartar severely affecting your oral hygiene

What Happens During Your Examination

On the same visit that your teeth will be cleaned, a dentist will thoroughly examine your teeth. They will look for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, and general damage. When you come in regularly, your dentist will be able to catch any problems early — before they can evolve into more serious issues. Today, there is ample technology at a dentist’s disposal that will assist them during your examination. Intraoral cameras, digital X-rays, and CT scans are all used to make sure your oral healthcare professional has the clearest possible picture of your teeth and gum’s health. If your dentist does notice something amiss, they will then recommend the most appropriate course of action. One of the more common issues that come up during these examinations is cavities. For a small one,  they will likely suggest a filling. For a larger one, they might recommend a crown. Regardless of the problem, you can rest assured knowing your dentist caught it as soon as possible.

Do You Have Questions About Exams And Cleanings?

We understand the importance of maintaining healthy teeth through regular checkups. To schedule an appointment and to learn about our offerings, please call Woodland Hills Dental Arts today at 818-347-5124. You can find us at 6325 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Suite 322 Woodland Hills, CA 91367. We also proudly welcome patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.