teethcleaningandprevention

Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients have a teeth cleaning during regular visits with Dr. Solow’s practice. As part of your care, our experienced dental hygienists will use a gentle, efficient, and effective approach to remove bacteria and buildup from your teeth. Following treatment, you will be better protected against periodontal disease and can enjoy a cleaner, healthier smile.

While Dr. Solow recommends that Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients have a teeth cleaning at least twice a year, you may benefit from seeing our practice more often. The American Dental Association agrees, advising patients that the frequency of their regular dental visits should depend on their individual oral health and general health history.

Simply put: if you’re more prone to dental problems, visiting more than twice a year can help prevent bigger concerns and maintain your dental health for years to come.

Understanding Teeth Cleaning

All of us have bacteria that live in the mouth, and combine with food particles forms “plaque,” a film on the surface of the teeth. Unchecked, plaque can develop into deposits (“tartar”) that harden above and below the gum line. The bacteria in these deposits can cause loss of the supporting structures leading to eventual tooth loss.

Having regular visits for a teeth cleaning helps our patients:

  • Maintain healthy teeth by removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth.
  • Get brighter, cleaner smiles by getting rid of deposits around the gum line.
  • Discover and receive treatment for other dental concerns.

Dr. Solow’s Approach to Teeth Cleaning

Dr. Solow and our practice’s dental hygienists work in tandem during examination and teeth cleaning appointments to provide you with the care you need. Our hygienists have extensive training and most have been with Dr. Solow for several years. This allows our team members to develop relationships with Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients over time. As a result, you can expect to receive personalized and friendly treatment from the same provider visit after visit.

During your teeth cleaning, your hygienist will:

  • Perform an examination of your teeth and gums.
  • Check the pockets between the teeth and gums to make sure that they are at the proper depth. Deep pockets may be a sign of gum disease that requires more specialized treatment.
  • Remove plaque from your teeth with “prophylaxis”: a combination of scaling and polishing that eliminates deposits and creates a healthier smile.

Regular visits to our practice in the Woodland Hills and Calabasas area for a teeth cleaning also allow Dr. Solow to identify other problems at an early stage that may require attention. Our practice offers comprehensive procedures for dental needs ranging from filling cavities to restoring missing teeth to resolving periodontal disease. As a result, you can receive treatment from the same caring staff that provides your regular cleanings.

Recommendations for Home Care Between Teeth Cleanings

Routine appointments at our practice in the Woodland Hills and Calabasas area help maintain the health of your smile and prevent dental concerns from developing. However, the steps that you take between visits are also extremely important for keeping your teeth in good condition. As part of your home care, Dr. Solow advises that you:

Brush your teeth at least two times a day. Brushing reduces plaque and protects your teeth against the development of tartar.

Floss daily. Flossing clears food particles from between the teeth and away from the gum line to disrupt the buildup of plaque.

Teeth cleaning at home can improve your oral health, but Dr. Solow encourages Woodland Hills and Calabasas patients to use proper technique. Aggressive brushing or flossing can contribute to gum recession, which puts the teeth at risk and can cause aesthetic problems. During your appointment with our practice, our dental hygienists and Dr. Solow can talk with you about the right way to brush and floss as well as make other recommendations for your oral health.

Promote and maintain a healthier smile. Schedule a routine dental examination and teeth cleaning with at our Woodland Hills and Calabasas practice by contacting us online or by phone at (818) 999-0104.