A professional teeth cleaning removes plaque, tartar, and superficial stains to help you keep your teeth cleaner, healthier, and shinier. Regular dental cleanings are important even if you follow all recommendations regarding at-home dental hygiene. Dr. Randy Lozada, our Los Angeles dental cleaning expert, can help you decide on the right cleaning schedule for your smile.
Plaque is a soft, sticky biofilm that grows on teeth constantly. It contains millions of bacteria, and these bacteria are responsible for gum disease and tooth decay. If you do not clean the plaque from your teeth with good brushing and flossing every day, it could harden into a mineralized substance called tartar. Tartar cannot be removed with brushing alone, and can only be removed with special tools by Dr. Lozada, our expert in dental cleaning in Los Angeles. It can be easy to miss small plaque deposits in hard-to-reach areas, so regular professional cleanings are critical. Most people should visit us about twice a year for professional cleanings.
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At your next dental cleaning, Dr. Lozada, our expert in dental cleaning in Los Angeles, will use a mirror to check all those hard-to-see areas in your mouth. We will look at your teeth for tartar, plaque, and signs of decay and your gums for irritation, swelling, or bleeding. Then we will use special tools to remove tartar buildup, and another tool to remove smaller deposits and smooth the surface of the tooth. Once each tooth has been cleaned, Dr. Lozada will polish the teeth using a special gritty toothpaste, and a hand piece with a cup-shaped tip to maximize contact between the toothpaste and the tooth. After the cleaning, you may also benefit from a fluoride application depending on your specific risk factors and needs.
Routine cleanings should not be uncomfortable or painful. If you experience any discomfort or sensitivity, let us know. We can take steps to reduce your discomfort or identify the source of the problem. Dr. Lozada, our Los Angeles dental cleaning expert, will explain his findings at the conclusion of your appointment and may make specific recommendations for a treatment plan if there are any areas of concern. If you smoke, have systemic health problems, are pregnant, have active gum disease, or take certain medications, you may need more frequent dental cleanings.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Randy Lozada at our Los Angeles dental office.