Our doors are now open for more than just emergency care! We can finally offer residents of Woodland Hills, CA, and surrounding communities general and preventive care, such as a routine checkup and cleaning. In today’s blog, we’re going to focus on these visits and how they help ensure better overall oral health, limiting the risks of issues like tooth decay and gum disease.
What Happens During a Checkup?
During your checkup our team will employ advanced technology to carefully examine your smile to watch for any warning signs of trouble and also assess the current state of your oral health. We look at your teeth, roots, gums, and oral structures for indicators of issues ranging from tooth decay and infection to gingivitis and gum disease. For adults, we also screen for oral cancer and for younger patients, we will make sure baby teeth are falling out on schedule and that permanent teeth are erupting correctly. We suggest one every six months for kids two and older and adults as well.
Cleaning Your Teeth
We also clean your teeth, a process that removes plaque and tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Unless removed, this buildup could weaken and erode tooth enamel and expose the inner portions to bacteria, allowing a cavity and eventually, an infection to develop. The buildup also irritates and inflames gum tissues, leading to gingivitis and even gum disease. However, with a cleaning we use an ultrasonic scaling device and manual tool to remove all buildup from the surfaces of the teeth. We then polish them thoroughly, which leaves a smoother finish and also helps combat bad breath and teeth stains. In a matter of minutes, we help you enjoy a healthier and more attractive smile!
Warning Signs of Trouble
We suggest a visit very six months, or every three to four if you have high risk factors for gum disease. But what if you have an oral health concern in between these visits? You should contact us if you notice your teeth feel sensitive or begin to ache. Sore, red, gums that bleed easily are also indicators of trouble. The earlier we identify and treat these concerns, the sooner you can enjoy better oral health. If you have any questions about preventive dentistry, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dentistry?
We want to take steps to help you safeguard and strengthen your smiles. For more information on our checkup and cleaning visits, then please schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA today at 818-347-5124. We also proudly welcome patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all surrounding communities.