Cleaning & Exams
Cleaning & Exam
Top Quality Dental Cleaning in Orange, CA
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Cleaning & Exams, Orange, California
Did you know that even if you brush and floss daily, tartar and tooth decay can still build up in your mouth, causing dangerous and unsightly problems for your oral health? That's right, keeping things clean may be a little harder than we all assume. Those who don't brush and floss daily are in even bigger trouble. That's why it's important to get a routine cleaning and exam every six months and let professionals handle what's going on inside your mouth.
Fortunately, Gold Coast Dental Orange is here for you. Our dental cleaning and exam services are second to none, and our high-quality dental office is designed with your highest comfort in mind. If you're interested in getting your dental cleaning and exam, why wait? Give us a call at (657) 888-9011 right away to schedule your appointment.
What To Expect During My Dental Hygiene Appointment?
First time in our offices? Never fear. We lay out our whole process for you.
Our fully equipped, capable staff does a full assessment of your oral health. This includes:
- Periodontal (gum) charting
- Dental decay assessment
- Tooth charting
- Oral cancer screening
- TMJ evaluation
You'll feel like a new person as we eliminate all the gross plaque and tartar that has tried to make a home for itself in your mouth
- Tartar and stain removal
- Tooth scaling
- Tooth polishing
- Gum disease prevention
- Cavity prevention
We're with you through thick and thin. Let's discuss a long-term battle plan to keep your mouth free from bacteria
- Any findings from your exam
- Personalized treatment plan
- Tips for optimal oral health
6 Daily oral hygiene tips for a Healthy Smile!
An electric toothbrush is more effective than a standard, "unplugged" one. On an electric toothbrush, the bristles rotate and vibrate, allowing them to reach into crevices that are difficult to manually reach. If you want that extra advantage, go electric!
Studies have shown that two minutes is enough time to do a thorough job of brushing your teeth. Make sure your brushing session lasts at least two minutes, then! Of course, you can (and should) always go longer than that.
Floss Like a boss
Brushing isn't quite enough! Studies indicate that flossing at least once a day is required if you want to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Thus, the rule of thumb is to brush twice, floss once.
According to the American Dental Association, it is best to visit your dentist or dental hygienist for a cleaning and exam twice a year. Come see us every six months and we'll be sure to keep you in fighting shape.
Water is the ideal beverage for your teeth for a number of reasons. First, it doesn't contain the sugars that soft drinks carry, which can erode your enamel. Water also aids in the production of saliva, which serves as a natural defense against plaque.
When monitoring your dental health, you may want to mind your eating habits. Candies and sweets contain sugars and starches that invite tooth-eroding bacteria to develop in your mouth. It's best to keep sweets to a minimum, or if you absolutely must indulge your sweet tooth, then be sure to brush and floss afterward!
What If I Don't Want To Get A Cleaning?
The consequences of avoiding a cleaning and exam may be disastrous
Some patients, especially children, may resist getting a routine cleaning and exam. Why bother with all the hassle? Well, here's a brief look into what happens if you avoid cleaning your mouth for too long: First, plaque and tartar build up inside the mouth. This eventually leads to inflamed gums that bleed easily when flossed or probed. This is a sign of gingivitis, which is the earliest form of periodontitis. Next, the bacteria works its way from the gum tissue to the bone supporting the tooth. This is now reaching the stages of mild periodontitis and is quite serious. You'll also need to be on the lookout for the residual effects of out of control bacteria, like a tooth cavity. If you still insist on not brushing, flossing, or cleaning the inside of your mouth, the periodontitis will continue to worsen as the bacteria spreads.
Bleeding, swelling, redness, and pus may all be visible on the gums as the bone loss continues. Pockets of decay begin to approach one centimeter in length. Still not convinced a checkup is a good idea? We're now entering advanced periodontitis, where 50-80% of the bone supporting the tooth is worn away, and teeth become loose. Pocket depths may extend beyond one centimeter, and the bleeding, swelling, redness, and pus will get even worse. If you don't do something, you may need a tooth extraction ... or if you're lucky, just a tooth filling for any new cavities. Of course, all of this can be avoided if you brush and floss regularly, and see us every six months for a routine checkup. We want to make sure your teeth stay in perfect shape... and that they stay in your mouth!
How long does a dental cleaning and exam take?
A standard dental cleaning and exam lasts about 45 minutes. Of course, this amount of time can lengthen based on whether we discover any dental problems that need to be addressed.
What's the difference between plaque and tartar?
Plaque is the sticky film that forms on your teeth every day; it's made of living microbes surrounded by a glue-like polymer layer. When left untreated, plaque joins with minerals from your saliva to create a hardened yellow substance, which is tartar. If you're dealing with either plaque or tartar, give us a call and we'll sort it out!
Can I ask for additional services during a cleaning?
Of course! In addition to your cleaning, you can request services like a tooth crown or teeth whitening, and be extra efficient by handling multiple services in one visit. Some services require a cleaning beforehand anyway!
What is the cleaning process like?
The cleaning process begins with an oral exam, followed by plaque and tartar removal. Next, we use gritty toothpaste to clean the whole mouth, followed by flossing. We finish with a rinse and, in some cases, the application of fluoride. Some of the process may vary depending on what we see going on in your mouth at the time.
How often do I need x-rays?
It is recommended that adults get x-rays every two to three years, while children do so every one to two years. Of course, the amount of time may vary based on your unique dental situation.
Is a deep cleaning painful?
While a deep cleaning sounds like it could be painful due to its intensive nature, we'll administer a local anesthetic and also have sedation options available so that you don't have to feel a thing!
Is it important to use fluoride toothpaste?
The American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Center For Disease Control And Prevention all agree that fluoride is a great benefit to one's oral health -- as long as it isn't swallowed!
What are some signs of dental trouble?
Contact us right away if you experience any of the following: mouth sores, jaw pain, swollen gums, broken or chipped teeth, or bleeding gums. These are, or could be, signs of dental problems.
How can I practice good oral hygiene at home?
Of course, brushing and flossing regularly is a good way to start. Beyond that, eat a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, limit your sugar intake, and avoid tobacco in any form.
First-Class All The Way
The best dentists, the best offices, the best care
Gold Coast Dental Orange is your gentle dental solution. Your comfort and happiness are our number one priority, and we'll make every effort to guarantee that your visit brings a smile to your face -- the very smile that we're giving our all to protect! We're committed to being the most accommodating and affordable dental clinic around. If you're ready to schedule your cleaning and exam, call us at (657) 888-9011. We're waiting to hear from you!
The Depths of Deep Cleaning
We stop periodontitis dead in its tracks
If you haven't been brushing, flossing, or cleaning your teeth regularly, your dental hygienist may decide that you need a deep cleaning. On top of all the usual services that a regular cleaning involves, a deep cleaning works its way into your gums and all the way to the root of your tooth. While it sounds like it could be painful,
we numb the mouth with anesthetic beforehand, so that pain is kept to a minimum. In fact, you may feel nothing at all! Deep cleanings are an important and necessary asset to teeth that are in danger of being lost to decay. Remember, periodontal disease doesn't just stop at the root of the tooth. It can actually
spread throughout the body, contributing to problems like heart disease, stroke, and other overall health issues. If you’re experiencing gums that are swollen, discolored, bleeding, or receding... you may be dealing with periodontal disease in some form. Make sure to schedule an appointment with us immediately!
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1122 E. Lincoln Avenue
Orange, CA 92865