Our team helps patients in and around Beverly Hills, CA maintain the healthiest teeth and gums possible with advanced dental hygiene techniques, including routine cleanings and evaluations aimed at identifying and correcting issues in their earliest stages.
The American Dental Association recommends adults and children see the dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams. Having your teeth cleaned professionally is one of the most important steps you can take to keep your gums and your teeth as healthy as possible.
Your cleaning appointment will begin with a visual exam of your teeth and gums to look for visually-apparent signs of disease. Each tooth will be carefully cleaned using special instruments and a mildly abrasive cleaning agent designed to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar while also polishing the tooth surface. The cleaning will address all the tooth surfaces, including the spaces between your teeth and the gum line. Once the cleaning is finished, the hygienist will be able to provide you with tips on how to brush and floss more effectively between visits, based on the areas where plaque and tartar buildup are the heaviest. Dental x-rays may also be taken after a cleaning to provide information about your tooth roots and jaw bones.
Yes, routine cleanings are critically important for preventing gum disease, helping to remove bacteria, plaque, and tartar before they have a chance to migrate to the lower portions of the teeth. Plus, the cleaning provides an opportunity for the hygienist to look for areas that aren't being properly cleaned, where gum disease is most likely to occur, so you can focus more time on cleaning those areas between visits.
If you have mild to moderate disease, it may be treated with more frequent regular cleanings. But for more advanced disease, in-depth cleaning procedures called root planing and scaling may be prescribed.