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Checkups and Cleanings – West Hollywood

A Healthy Smile is a Beautiful Smile

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Staying in good overall health means practicing excellent oral hygiene. If you want your smile to stay as clean and healthy as possible, Dr. Oshin recommends having a checkup and dental cleaning at least twice a year, or once every six months; that way he can help you with the areas in your mouth that you’ve had trouble cleaning on your own. If it’s been a while since your last appointment, contact us today; it could make all the difference in saving your dazzling smile for tomorrow!

A Full Cleaning

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There are a lot of hard-to-reach spaces in your mouth that you might not even realize you’re missing during your regular brushing and flossing routine. As a result, plaque can easily build up despite your best efforts, and it’ll eventually harden into tartar. You can’t get rid of tartar on your own; you’ll need help from your dentist or hygienist.

During your cleaning, we’ll use a mirror and a tool called a scalar to remove as much plaque and tartar as possible from your pearly whites; a gritty toothpaste cleaning can be used to get rid of what remains. Once we’re done, we’ll leave your tooth looking and feeling nice and polished; we can also give you advice on ways you can improve your oral hygiene routine at home, such as by changing your brushing technique or watching your diet more closely.

A Thorough Exam

Dental exam

In addition to a cleaning, Dr. Oshin will also perform a full oral exam. Naturally, he’ll look for signs of tooth decay and gum disease; it’s best to find these conditions as quickly as possible before any damage becomes much harder to reverse. He’ll also check for worn down teeth that might have been damaged by grinding. The sooner the problem is addressed, the easier it will be to preserve and protect your smile.

Your smile isn’t all Dr. Oshin will examine. He can also perform an oral cancer screening and search your mouth for areas with abnormal tissue. This way, if something alarming is found, we’ll be able to point you in the right direction for treatment so that you might get a more favorable prognosis.

What if a Cavity is Found?

Dentist and patient

If we find that there’s an issue in your mouth that needs to be addressed, we’ll create a treatment plan for you. For example, if we find a cavity, we might repair it with a filling or a crown (depending on how much damage has already been done). Your care will be personalized based on your needs as well as your budget. We want you to feel comfortable about your dental care, so feel free to ask any questions you have so that you fully understand your options.