Regular teeth cleanings are the foundation of any healthy smile. At Century City Dentistry in Century City, Los Angeles, CA, near Beverly Hills, experienced dentist Zarrin Golshani, DDS performs routine and periodontal teeth cleanings to prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth erosion. Call or schedule an appointment online today to learn more.
A teeth cleaning is a preventive treatment that removes plaque from your teeth.
Plaque is a clingy type of bacteria that sticks to your teeth. It releases toxins that eat away at your enamel, the hard outer layer that protects your teeth. These toxins eventually lead to tooth decay in the form of cavities.
Regular teeth cleanings help prevent cavities by removing plaque before it has a chance to accumulate on your teeth. Only a professional cleaning can eliminate plaque and tartar (hardened plaque) in the small crevices of your teeth.
A teeth cleaning typically includes two parts: a dental exam and cleaning.
When you arrive, Dr. Zarrin examines your face and neck for abnormal signs, such as lumps or facial swelling.
Next, she may perform an oral cancer screening. This quick exam involves assessing your gums, inner cheeks, tongue, and the roof of your mouth for lesions and growths.
Dr. Zarrin also examines your teeth for signs of erosion. Wear-and-tear on your teeth can indicate cavities, bruxism (teeth grinding), or bite problems.
Before performing the teeth cleaning, Dr. Zarrin takes digital X-rays to view your tooth-supporting structures.
Dr. Zarrin uses high-powered dental tools to thoroughly remove plaque and calculus from your teeth. She also flosses and polishes your teeth to remove any leftover bacteria. She may apply a tooth-strengthening fluoride treatment to protect your teeth after the cleaning.
If you have signs of periodontal disease or gum disease, Dr. Zarrin may perform a deep cleaning. This treatment involves removing plaque and calculus beneath your gum line.
Caring for your teeth is essential after a professional cleaning. Dr. Zarrin may offer personalized care tips based on your oral health history. In general, after a cleaning, you should:
Call Century City Dentistry today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about teeth cleanings.