What is Done in Preventive Dentistry?

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Preventive dentistry is designed to prevent dental problems. Dental diseases such as tooth decay and gum disease are the leading causes of tooth loss, but they are both highly preventable with the right dental care. Our North Hollywood dentist offers treatments and preventive strategies that can help you keep your smile healthy and happy.

Good dental hygiene forms the basis of any good preventive strategy. We provide our patients with information about the best techniques and tools to eliminate plaque and bacteria from their teeth. Brushing and flossing alone are not enough to eliminate the risk of dental disease. You also need regular dental checkups.

Preventive exams are used to examine your mouth for any signs of dental disease, including early symptoms that can be easy to miss at home. We will clean and polish your teeth, and recommend specific treatments as needed.

Other preventive treatments include fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Both of these are designed to reduce the risk of decay. Sealants protect the biting surfaces of your teeth from the attacks of oral bacteria, while fluoride helps harden the enamel to make it more resilient against bacterial acids. Orthodontics can also be used in preventive dentistry, used to treat malocclusions that could increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorders, and other common dental problems.

Call our office today to learn more about preventive treatments, or to schedule an appointment with our expert in preventive dentistry.

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Why You Need to Have Your Teeth Cleaned by a Dentist

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Maintaining good oral hygiene is the best way to avoid serious oral health problems, such as cavities, tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day are two important first steps in this effort. But more is required than just daily brushing and flossing.

Any time you eat or drink, plaque gets on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that consists of sugars and bacteria. This bacteria eats the sugars and produces acid, which weakens and erodes the enamel of your teeth, eventually leading to tooth decay. Though brushing and flossing remove plaque, it is very difficult to remove all the plaque in your mouth. Plaque that is not washed away turns into tartar. Tartar is, essentially, plaque that has hardened, and it cannot be cleaned off by regular brushing. The only way to remove tartar is through a professional dental cleaning. For this reason, no matter how thorough your at-home oral hygiene regime is, our expert in dental cleaning in Hollywood recommends that everyone receive a professional cleaning every six months.

If it has been more than six months since your last professional teeth cleaning, contact our Hollywood dentist to schedule an appointment.

How Often Do You Need a Dental Exam and Cleaning?

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Dental exams and cleanings are one of the best things you can do for your dental health. Most people need to visit their dentists about every six months. This is because dental diseases tend to develop over time, and identifying them early can lead to more effective conservative treatments. Our dentist can help you decide on the best schedule for a dental exam and X-rays to suit your needs.

During an exam, our dentist will check your gums for any symptoms that indicate gum diseases, such as redness, inflammation or bleeding. He will look at your teeth for signs of decay or old, worn restorations. Dental X-rays are taken to see cavities, bone loss and infection more clearly. We clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar so that your teeth are completely clean.

Regular checkups reduce the risk of dental disease and help you keep your teeth cleaner and healthier between visits. If you smoke, are prone to decay or tartar buildup, have numerous restorations or have active gum disease, we may recommend more frequent cleanings. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Agoura Hills dentist.

Why Are Professional Dental Cleanings Important?

Why Are Professional Dental Cleanings Important?

The majority of adults were constantly reminded as children to brush and floss their teeth and attend regular dental cleanings. Many of these same individuals may not know why professional dental cleanings are important. As it turns out, having your teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis is important for a number of reasons.

Our dentist Beverly Hills provides patients with dental cleanings to help them:

•    Prevent gum disease and keep their teeth
When plaque is allowed to accumulate on the teeth, it eventually moves deep beneath the tooth root and destroys the bone beneath the teeth. As a result, these teeth can loosen and eventually fall out.

•    Prevent bad breath
Chronic bad breath or halitosis can develop as a result of poor dental hygiene and plaque buildup. Regular dental cleanings can keep teeth clean and help prevent bad breath.

•    Keep their teeth looking bright
Consuming everyday foods and drinks like coffee, tea, and soda can stain the teeth over time. During a professional cleaning, our dentist can remove these external stains, returning a beautiful shine to your smile.

Call our office today if you would like to schedule a professional dental cleaning with our expert in dental cleanings in Beverly Hills.