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Please call: (805) 317-4999 to schedule an appointment
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Dental Cleanings
Simi Valley, CA

Dental cleaning and polish being done on the woman.According to the National Institute of Health, we lose about 12 of our teeth by the time we reach 50. Although many of our teeth are lost to vehicular or sports trauma, the top two reasons we lose our teeth are dental caries and periodontal disease.

Every day, our teeth are under attack from bacteria that form a sticky, gelatinous film on the surface of our teeth, called plaque. This plaque can be removed by regular brushing and tooth flossing. However, if it is allowed to accumulate, it turns into a hardened substance called tartar. Tartar, also called calculus, cannot be removed by simple brushing at home. To remove it, you require professional dental cleaning from Simi Hills Dental at least every six months.

Risk Factors That Lead to Tooth and Gum Disease

The ADA strongly recommends that people seek professional dental cleaning every six months. If someone has one or multiple risk factors that can lead to gum disease, we may recommend additional dental cleanings, sometimes as many as four times a year.
Some of the risk factors include:
•  Gingivitis
•  Poor oral hygiene and habits
•  Use of tobacco and alcohol
•  Heredity
•  Diabetes
•  Old age
•  Compromised immune systems
•  Certain drugs and medications
•  Hormonal disbalance
•  Poor bite and dental restorations

What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

At Simi Hills Dental, Dr. Stout will begin by checking your mouth for dental disease, gum disease, injury to a tooth and signs of oral cancer.

We will then perform a basic cleaning by using a small assortment of dental tools, including a mirror, special equipment called scalers, a water hose, a suction hose, and a tooth polisher.

We may also use an ultrasonic tool that will use vibrations to dislodge large pieces of calculus and debris from your teeth. After that, we will use the pointed scalers to scrape off the stubborn tartar from hard-to-reach places, such as the tiny gaps between teeth, below the gumline and in the crannies on your dental restorations. If you have a lot of plaque buildup, it will take more time to scrape it off.

Once all the tartar has been removed, we will use sweet-tasting, abrasive polish to scrub the surface of your teeth. This will get rid of any remaining plaque and will polish the enamel back to its natural shine. After rinsing your mouth, your teeth will feel very smooth.

Next, we will professionally floss your teeth to make sure no debris is left below the gumline or in between your teeth. If you have sensitive gums, they may bleed a little. Throughout the cleaning procedure, we will continuously instruct you to rinse out bits of debris from your mouth.

Benefits of a Dental Cleaning

A commitment to oral hygiene affects not just your dental health, but your overall health. Some benefits of dental cleaning include:
•  Reducing the risk of dental caries and periodontal disease: Bacteria in your mouth can cause periodontal disease. If left to progress, periodontal disease can result in painful, inflamed and bleeding gums, weakened jaw bone structure and risk of tooth loss.
•  Stops transmission of bacteria: The bacteria in our mouth can be transferred to your loved ones through oral contact, such as kissing or eating from the same utensils. Although this may not be of concern among adults, babies who have weak immune systems can acquire bacteria. With dental cleaning, you can prevent putting your little ones at risk.
•  Eliminates bad breath: Bacteria result in persistent bad breath or halitosis. Practicing good oral hygiene and not missing your cleaning appointments can prevent bad breath.
•  Lowers risk of heart disease: There is a medical association between poor oral health and heart diseases. People with gum diseases have twice the risk of developing heart diseases than those without. With professional dental cleaning, you can reduce the possibilities of these conditions.
•  Promote Healthy Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during pregnancies can make you more at risk of periodontal and bone disease. Women with poor oral health have an increased risk of delivering premature babies. Basic dental cleaning can help mitigate this risk.

To schedule your routine dental cleaning, call us at (805) 317-4999 today.
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