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Live Life with a Healthy Smile

Brushing and flossing at home are extremely important but no matter how squeaky clean you think your teeth are, periodic professional cleanings are a must. We know that life happens and when you’re really busy it can be tempting to put off this routine visit. We make it easy and work with your schedule. Our skilled hygienists offer gentle, yet thorough cleanings for a smile that’s fresh, bright and healthy and our state-of-the-art technology helps maximize the process.
The term cleaning can actually refer to a few different procedures such as prophylaxis, deep cleaning and periodontal maintenance.
A regular cleaning, or what dental professionals call prophylaxis, is what most patients think of. It’s for people who have fairly good oral health and not for those with periodontal disease, bone loss or issues with their gums, including bleeding, infections or recession. Deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, involves removing calculus (tartar) and bacteria below the gum line and is indicated for patients with periodontal disease. Periodontal maintenance takes the place of prophylaxis after a deep cleaning has been performed. It eliminates plaque and tartar on the visible portions of the teeth and also addresses the roots, bones and gums.
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Regular Cleanings:
Giving Teeth and Gums a New Lease on Life

Plaque is a sticky, transparent layer of bacteria and when it’s not removed in a timely manner, it can form a hardened bond on your teeth that can’t be eliminated with a regular toothbrush. This is called calculus, commonly referred to as tartar. When plaque and tartar build up, you’re more susceptible to infection, which is why we recommend a regular cleaning, or prophylaxis, two to three times a year. Since regular cleanings are a preventative procedure, they’re covered by insurance carriers.

Our cleanings will effectively remove the stains, soft plaque and tartar that have accumulated since the last time we saw you. We’ll clean the visible part of your teeth and just slightly below the gum line using special tools like an ultrasonic scaler. We floss to get those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies and then wrap things up by polishing your teeth. This lets us create a smoother surface to repel foods that tend to stick to the enamel and buff away the surface stains for a whiter grin. You’ll get a clean that you can’t match with at-home instruments.

Between your dental exam and your routine cleaning, we can detect early signs of tooth decay, gum inflammation and problems like broken fillings and ensure we’re executing our proactive plan for your smile health. We’ll also chat with you about any improvements you can make in your brushing and flossing habits.

Periodontal Maintenance:
Halting the Progression of Gum Disease

If you have periodontal disease and underwent a deep cleaning, standard prophylaxis will no longer do the trick to keep teeth and gums healthy. Instead, periodontal maintenance will become part of your routine dental care. This type of cleaning involves removing the buildup of plaque and tartar above and below the gum line, all the way down to where the root of the tooth meets the gum and bone. Even though there isn’t a cure for gum disease, periodontal maintenance is one of the ways we can stop its progression, control inflammation and prevent further damage to the bone and tissues that support your teeth.

During periodontal maintenance, we measure the depths of your gum pockets, which are the spaces that form between your teeth and gums when you have periodontal disease. We also take routine x-rays to monitor bone and gum recession and Dr. Gutierrez will examine your mouth. A member of our hygiene team will clean your teeth and use a scaler to remove bacteria from under the gum line. If any pockets are inflamed, we’ll flush them with antibacterial medication and, if necessary, we can also smooth rough parts of your tooth roots.

As far as dental insurance, periodontal maintenance usually falls under the category of basic services so you may be required to meet your yearly deductible before coverage kicks in. We typically recommend periodontal maintenance every three to four months, though it will depend on how stable your condition is, whether or not your gums are bleeding or inflamed, how quickly plaque and tartar build up and how well you care for your gums at home.

Visit our Manhattan Beach office for your periodic cleanings. We also serve surrounding cities such as Torrance, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and more.

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We recommend two professional dental cleanings every year.
If you don’t floss, you’re not effectively cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces.
78% of Americans have had at least one cavity by age 17.
We make achieving and maintaining a healthy smile convenient and comfortable.