Silverlake Dental Exams and Cleanings
Regular brushing and flossing of one’s teeth help fight bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. However, a successful oral hygiene routine requires more than just cleaning the teeth from home. A regular dental visit helps dentists look for more significant problems, such as signs of tooth decay or gum disease that a patient may not realize they have.
Silverlake Smiles offers professional dental exams and cleanings in Silverlake and the surrounding areas of Atwater Village, Echo Park, Los Feliz, and Frogtown. Our dental services range from regular exams and cleanings to comprehensive oral examinations that address gum disease.
Routine Exams and Cleanings
Experts recommend routine exams and cleanings at least once every six months. During such appointments, dentists perform a physical exam and thorough cleaning to keep their patient’s mouths clean and healthy.
The dentist will look for any signs of infection or tooth decay that could affect oral health. Routine visits often include an X-ray exam, allowing for a more in-depth look at the mouth. Professional dental cleanings will usually require a variety of tools designed to target hard-to-reach places that prove difficult to clean at home.
The dental professional removes any plaque and tartar from the patient’s teeth, leaving them feeling smooth and clean. That helps prevent plaque and tartar buildup, which often leads to periodontal disease. Finally, the dentist brushes and flosses the patient’s teeth before rinsing the mouth thoroughly and applying fluoride treatment to protect the teeth from cavities.
Comprehensive Oral Examinations
Comprehensive oral exams include more than general cleanings and exams. They comprise thorough evaluations of a patient’s oral health history and the current health of their teeth, mouth, jaws, neck, and throat. These exams can tell plenty about a patient’s teeth and gums when performed over time.
For example, they can detect gum diseases and oral cancers in their early stages and also examine the condition of any previous dental work done on an individual’s teeth. The dental team at Silverlake Smiles uses comprehensive oral exams to plan a long-term care strategy for any patient’s oral health.
A thorough dental health evaluation performed by an experienced dental team takes longer than the average teeth cleaning appointment, lasting for about an hour and a half. Speak to a qualified dentist about how often to get a comprehensive checkup. An experienced dentist can consult on dental problems and advise about better oral health.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Affecting the throat, lip, neck, head, and soft tissues inside the mouth, oral cancers have a high cure rate if caught early. The longer cancer goes undetected, the more extensive and challenging it becomes to treat. A dentist will visually inspect these areas for lumps, unusual sores, and rough patches, and palpate them to check for tenderness or swelling.
Silverlake Smiles has a convenient location in Los Angeles, CA. We believe in treating our patients with quality care. Please call us today at (213) 631-7799 for any questions or to schedule an appointment for a dental exam and cleaning.