About Dental Cleanings
An important part of keeping your smile healthy is scheduling a professional teeth cleaning twice a year at Southern Cal Smiles with general and cosmetic dentist Dr. Susan Fredericks. Teeth cleanings are recommended every six months for residents in Woodland Hills, Calabasas, and the surrounding areas of Southern California. Our team can professionally clean your teeth with special instruments to remove built-up plaque and tartar from the enamel and below the gumline. The teeth will then be polished to remove stains and brighten your smile. Dr. Fredericks can demonstrate proper brushing and flossing, so you and your family can develop a good home oral care routine to prevent problems and keep the mouth healthy. After the cleaning, fluoride treatments can be done for younger patients and those prone to cavities. If you are concerned about cavities, you can also talk to Dr. Fredericks about getting sealants on the back molars.
"If you want a personal dentist with a professional office personnel and the highest quality of care this is the place!! I have had dental nightmares in the past and it took me a while (even with insurance) to walk in an office. Dr. Susan STANDS BEHIND HER WORK, and the receptionist ALWAYS sends reminders including an email with a calendar interface for my Samsung phone. Accommodating schedules too!!! Open some Saturdays and late Wednesday night. As a person who travels for business...this is a HUGE plus! Higeinists are all caring (yes...learned the proper way to floss-yes THAT is a thing)...As long as I am in this area I will stick with this office of great people! Don't hesitate, just make an appointment!"- J.M. / Yelp / Jan 16, 2019
"Can you ever describe your dentist appointment as delightful? Dr. Fredericks explained everything, had wonderful stories, and IT WAS PAINLESS!!! Getting to know Dr Fredericks in the chair makes you want to meet for cocktails and keep the momentum rolling!!!!!"- L.F. / Healthgrades / Apr 09, 2019
"I've been seeing Dr Fredericks since 2009 and don't intend to ever leave her. Here's why: She has consistently been professional, knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and honest. She's explained the complex in a down-to-earth style and empathized with needed emotional and/or financial decisions. She volunteers one day a week at M.E.N.D. to help those in need. She teaches at her alma mater UCLA. Her daughter completed dental school and is studying to be an M.D. in facial ..."- G.G. / Healthgrades / Apr 09, 2019
"I can't say enough about how wonderful my experiences have been with Dr. Fredericks! Her care, compassion and skill are unmatched!"- A. / Healthgrades / Mar 27, 2019
"Dr. Fredericks has been the best dentist i have gone to in ever. She has made coming here a pleasant experience and instead of not looking forward to the dentist, I'm excited to come in. It is always pleasant time!"- D.S. / Healthgrades / Mar 21, 2019
What to Expect
Dental cleanings are generally painless, but if you have sensitive teeth or gums, a topical numbing cream can be used. If you have trouble getting through a dental cleaning due to anxiety or a strong gag reflex, mild sedation options are also available. The cleaning may begin with an ultrasonic instrument that helps loosen plaque and tartar, then Dr. Fredericks will switch to fine hand tools (scalers and curettes) to carefully scale or scrape buildup from the gumline and enamel. Once the deposits are removed from the teeth, Dr. Fredericks can polish the teeth using a special tool and toothpaste. If needed, Dr. Fredericks can go over good home oral care routines to help you with your brushing and flossing technique for better checkups.
After the teeth are cleaned, Dr. Fredericks may perform an oral exam to check for signs of oral cancer and gum disease. To keep your teeth smooth and healthy, you should establish a home routine that includes brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day. Dr. Fredericks may offer suggestions or instructions, like a special mouthwash or toothpaste to treat your specific concerns. You should schedule your next dental cleaning before leaving the office in six months' time or when Dr. Fredericks recommends you to return. Waiting too long between cleanings can lead to longer appointments and more invasive treatments.
Since a professional dental cleaning twice a year is considered a necessary preventative care procedure, most dental insurance carriers will cover 100% of the cost. Our office will check with your insurance company to determine their coverage before billing you directly. If you do not have dental insurance, please ask about our financing options.
Plan Your Service
Clean and Polished
If you put off cleaning anything, whether it's your house, your car, or your teeth, the harder and longer the chore becomes. To get your healthiest smile, schedule a professional dental cleaning with Dr. Fredericks at Southern Cal Smiles at least twice a year. Regular dental cleanings remove plaque and tartar that have built up over time to help you avoid gum disease, cavities, and infections. A cleaning also gets your teeth whiter and brighter by polishing the enamel and removing stains. Get a professional cleaning today to save yourself time and trouble later.