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Cleaning and Prevention
True oral health is achieved and maintained with proper dental care. For many reasons, people choose to forego the routine cleanings and examinations offered by their dentist. It may seem a time and money saving practice to put off seeing the dentist, but this habit usually ends up costing more in the end, in several ways. Within a year’s time, it is possible to develop a dental problem, presenting as a toothache, which will cost thousands to repair. Your dentist in North Hollywood offers gentle cleanings and preventive treatments to help you and your family maintain happy, healthy smiles.
During your initial visit at A-Dental Center in North Hollywood, a comprehensive examination will be performed. We will also take the time to listen to your concerns, even if this includes a fear of the dentist or dental treatment. The more we understand about our patients, the better we can serve their needs. If any problems are discovered during an examination, we will design an individualized treatment plan, and discuss the details of that plan so that you can make an informed decision regarding your dental care.
Most patients are encouraged to see us twice a year for exams and cleanings. If you are facing a particular dental problem, such as gum disease, you will benefit from frequent visits. Included in dental checkups are the following steps:
- Low-radiation x-rays
- Evaluation of all tooth surfaces
- Evaluation of gum tissue and other soft tissues
- Evaluation of existing restorations such as fillings, crowns, and veneers
Although we all brush and floss daily, professional cleanings are still important to maintain your best oral health. At least twice a year, you should visit your dentist for exams and cleanings. Our hygienist gently removes any plaque or tartar that has built up on teeth and near the gum line, eliminating the home created by bacteria. After a professional cleaning, your smile will look brighter and will feel amazing!
Deep cleanings are also provided for the treatment and management of gum disease. These cleanings focus on removing bacteria from beneath the gums, where they pose a serious threat to stability. Deep cleaning for gum disease is called root planing and scaling. Root planing is the process of gently removing debris from the surface of affected roots. After removing harmful substances, the roots are then scaled, or smoothed. The combination of treatments should decrease the size of pockets between the teeth and gums, and improve oral health.
We recognize that a great deal of importance lies in what occurs in between dental visits. We are proud of the services that we offer to patients requiring restoration, but we are committed to helping you avoid problems through preventive treatments and education. If your dentist or hygienist sees a problem area, we will discuss optimal brushing and flossing practices with you for improved oral health.
Your family’s smiles are in good hands with us. Contact our office to schedule your exam and cleaning.