Cleaning & Exams
Cleaning & Exam
Thorough Dental Cleaning in Tustin, CA
Restorative Dental Cleaning In Tustin, CA
Cleaning & Exams, Tustin, California
We at Gold Coast Dental Tustin know that even if you maintain excellent oral hygiene habits, bacteria and plaque can still build up and give you a tooth cavity requiring a tooth filling. Brushing and flossing your teeth isn't enough to get rid of all the bacteria, plaque, and decay your smile can build up over time. But don't worry, we're here to help! Routine cleanings and exams every six months help us keep your smile decay-free and ensure you're staying on top of your oral health.
With our gentle and expert team on the job, our dental hygiene services will leave you feeling like a brand new person! If it's time for a cleaning and exam, don't wait any longer! Be sure to call us at (714) 795-3865 to schedule your appointment today.
What To Expect During My Dental Hygiene Appointment?
The ins and outs of your routine 6-month dental hygiene visit
We perform a comprehensive examination of your mouth, leaving no stone unturned. This exam includes:
- Periodontal (gum) charting
- Dental decay assessment
- Tooth charting
- Oral cancer screening
Here's where we spring into action and eliminate all that pesky plaque and tartar that's been plaguing your teeth. You'll feel like a brand new you!
- Tartar and stain removal
- Tooth scaling
- Tooth polishing
- Gum disease prevention
- Cavity prevention
We're in it for the long haul. We'll discuss with you the results of the exam and come up with a plan to bring your smile back to full health if we find anything!
- 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 can work wonders compared to a manual one. Vibrating bristles can reach into crevices that can't ordinarily be reached by regular brushing, giving your brushing an extra boost!
Studies show us that two minutes is about the right amount of time to give each tooth the attention they need to get rid of all the plaque and bacteria that can accumulate in a day. Some electric toothbrushes have built-in timers to make sure you don't miss a spot.
Floss Like a boss
Sure, it's easy to brush twice a day, but what about flossing? It's a little more work, but it's well worth it. If you want to prevent gum disease and cavities from creeping in, you'll want to floss at least once a day.
Visiting your dental hygienist once at least every six months for a cleaning and exam is ideal. If you have a history of dental health problems, we may request you come in a little more often to help keep your smile in top form.
Water is the best possible drink for your teeth, lacking the sugars that you would be getting from soft drinks, sweetened tea, or coffee. It also helps your mouth produce saliva, your body's natural defense against plaque!
Beware of candies, junk food, sweets! They may taste great, but they also contain sugars and starches that attract bacteria and erode your enamel. If you have a sweet tooth, be sure to brush, floss, or rinse with water after consuming snacks.
Tasty treats that could be dangerous for your teeth
Your oral health depends on your diet just as much as your hygiene habits. Here are a few foods that you may want to eat with caution... Sour candies: These snacks contain acids that contribute to tooth decay. They also stick to your teeth, making them harder to rinse off. Bread: Bread is worse for your teeth than caramel! The starches in bread break down into cavity-causing sugar. If you're going to eat bread, stick with whole wheat, which contains less sugar and doesn't break down as easily. Ice: Chewing on hard substances like ice can do damage to your enamel and result in chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
It can even loosen your tooth crown! Citrus: While the Vitamin C is good for your overall health, the acid content found in oranges, lemons, and grapefruits can erode tooth enamel. It's best to consume citrus in moderation. Potato chips: Chips are one of the most common snacks, but they're also loaded with starches. If you do have potato chips, be sure to floss afterward to remove any leftover food particles between your teeth. Dried fruits: Like citrus, these fruits may be good for your overall health, but they're not always great for your teeth! Dried apricots, figs, prunes, and raisins can get stuck in your teeth and leave behind large amounts of sugar.
How long does a dental exam take?
A regular dental cleaning and exam lasts about 30 to 45 minutes. This amount of time can change based on whether we uncover any other dental problems that need attention. If requested, we can extend your appointment with a professional Zoom! teeth whitening session afterward, which will take an additional 30 or 60 minutes.
How often should you get a deep cleaning?
Deep cleanings go a little deeper than a standard dental cleaning, and they're used to clear teeth of plaque and tartar all the way down to the root. Deep cleanings are performed periodically every 2 or 3 months for patients with periodontal disease to manage their gum infection.
Is it painful to get a deep cleaning at the dentist?
When you come in for a deep cleaning, your gums may be tender or painful, but our dentists do what we can to keep your treatment discomfort-free. The local anesthetic we use numbs your gums and ensures the process is comfortable for you.
What can you not do after a deep teeth cleaning?
After having a deep cleaning done, your gums may be a little sensitive as they're allowed to breathe freely without irritating plaque or bacteria for the first time in a while. You should do your best to avoid acidic or spicy foods as well as foods that are sticky or hard and may get stuck under your gums. We also recommend that you regularly rinse your mouth with salt water after the first 24 hours to keep your gums clean and clear.
Does oral health affect overall health?
Your dental health doesn't just affect your teeth or mouth. Cavity and gum disease-causing bacteria can get out of control and spread throughout the whole body, contributing to much more serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, and pregnancy complications.
How often should you get a dental exam?
Dental exams should be done as often as you get a dental cleaning. For most patients, this is every 6 months. However, if you have a past checkered with cavities, gum disease, and other oral health problems, our dentists may ask you to come in every 3 or 4 months to ensure everything's fine. Dental issues can develop quickly, and we want to make sure we catch anything as soon as they pop up before they turn into much bigger problems. At its worst, ignoring your oral health for too long may lead to a tooth extraction!
What You Get Out Of Deep Cleaning
We're your shield against gum disease
If you haven't been keeping up with your oral hygiene, you may have noticed your gums becoming red and tender or even bleeding while brushing and flossing your teeth. Plaque and tartar have spread below the gums, causing periodontal (gum) disease. In this case, a routine dental cleaning isn't enough,
and a deep cleaning is required. A deep cleaning goes past your gums and down to the root of your tooth. Don't worry, you won't feel a thing throughout the process with our gentle dentists on your side. Maintaining your oral health against gum disease with a deep cleaning is an important method to save one's teeth.
As periodontal disease worsens, it can create tooth cavities as well as cause your gums to recede and deteriorate. Eventually, this can lead to loose teeth in need of extraction! If you find yourself with swollen, bleeding, or receding gums, please schedule an appointment with us by calling our office at (714) 795-3865!
Top Performance And Top Care
Our Tustin hygienists and dentists are committed to your happy smile
If you're looking for a superior quality dentist, then Gold Coast Dental Tustin has your back. We'll give it all we have to beat the plaque and tartar threatening your oral hygiene. We guarantee that you'll walk out of our dental office with a beaming smile on your face, even if you don't walk in with one! We're devoted to your comfort and satisfaction because we want to be the best, most affordable dental clinic in Tustin. If it's time for your cleaning and exam, then give us a call at (714) 795-3865!
Our Office Hours
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275 Centennial Way, Suite 109
Tustin, CA 92780