Dr. Cat & the Tooth Pediatric Dental Office
Catherine Guerrero, DMD
Pediatric Dentist located in Woodland Hills, CA
Have you ever wondered why insurance plans usually cover dental cleanings? It's because cleanings work. Having professional dental cleanings twice a year is the best way to prevent tooth decay, cavities, and to keep your mouth healthy and strong. Can't remember when you had your last cleaning? Take care of it with Dr. Catherine Guerrero, DMD and the team. Schedule your regular cleaning today by booking an appointment online or calling Dr. Cat & the Tooth Pediatric Dentistry in Woodland Hills, California.
Teeth Cleaning Q & A
What does a dental cleaning involve?
Dental cleanings begin with an exam. A Dr. Cat & the Tooth Pediatric Dentistry professional begins by visually looking over your teeth and assessing your gum health, looking for any apparent abnormalities. X-rays may be considered if you're due for them.
After X-rays, the actual cleaning process starts. The dentist or hygienist will use a small instrument, called a scaler, to remove tartar and plaque from your teeth. Depending on the level of tartar buildup, this part of the cleaning process may take some time.
After the plaque and tartar have been carefully scraped from your teeth, the dentist or hygienist uses a high-powered brush and special toothpaste to give you a thorough brushing, followed by a professional flossing. Finally, you might receive a fluoride treatment to help protect your oral health until your next visit.
How often should I have my teeth cleaned?
How often your teeth need to be cleaned varies from person to person. Some people who have particular issues may require more frequent cleanings, while others may be able to go with the standard recommendation of twice a year. The American Dental Association advises working with Dr. Cat to determine the best cleaning schedule for your personal dental needs.
Even with common procedures like routine dental cleanings, consulting with the expert team at Dr. Cat & the Tooth Pediatric Dentistry about your particular situation is an important part of getting excellent care.
Every man, woman, and child has different circumstances. Meet your dental health needs by following a plan that's been designed just for you, not by following a general plan for the average person.
Do dental cleanings impact other aspects of my health?
Oral health is not separate from overall health. Your mouth is connected to the rest of your body, and oral health is integral to good health.
The findings of a study published in 2016 suggested that regular dental cleanings could lower the risk of pneumonia. The theory is that dental cleanings lessen the number of bacteria reaching your lungs.
Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other conditions have also been connected to oral health. Routine dental checkups and cleanings, along with discussions with Dr. Cat, are an integral part of maintaining good health.
Take a step toward better health. If you need a dental cleaning, book an appointment online or call Dr. Cat & the Tooth Pediatric Dentistry today.