Dental Cleaning

Dental Cleaning Specialist
Regular dental cleanings can keep teeth healthy, beautiful and free from decay and abscess. Dr. Donia is an expert at providing comfortable and thorough dental cleanings to all of his patients in the Encino, California region.

Dental Cleaning Q & A

by Steven Donia, DDS

What Happens During a Teeth Cleaning?

During a teeth cleaning, Dr. Donia will remove plaque and tartar build-up to reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Children receive sealants on their molars to help prevent cavities. Additionally, the dentist and his team may take X-rays and perform a gum tissue evaluation to check for additional mouth problems such as hard-to-see cavities or gum disease.

Typically, a dentist also checks biting, swallowing and chewing patterns to ensure you have no other issue with the oral health. If you have fillings or dentures, Dr. Donia polishes and cleans these as well.

He will also educate patients on the proper way to brush, floss and provide recommendations as to diet.

Why Are Dental Cleanings Necessary?

A dental cleaning is a way for the dentist to remove plaque and tartar build-up from your teeth as well as to check for gum disease and other oral health issues. If left unchecked, these issues can cause tooth loss as well as other harmful diseases, such as dementia, diabetes complications, and heart disease.

During gum disease and tooth infections, your immune system can get stressed as it tries to fight them off, which causes problems throughout the body. In the mouth, these infections can cause numerous symptoms, including swollen and painful gums, loose teeth and bleeding.

How Often Is a Dental Cleaning Needed?

Most patients require a full dental cleaning every six months. According to the Academy of General Dentistry, receiving thorough teeth cleaning twice a year can drastically improve your oral health.

However, patients with gum disease or a history of tooth decay should schedule a visit to the dentist every three months so Dr. Donia can ensure the disease is not progressing.

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