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.
"My visit was thorough and the hygienist was very gentle. The personalized service I received from Dr. Fredericks is top notch. The office staff is very professional and was considerate enough to get both my children an appointment at the same time as to not be an inconvenience."- H.B. / Google / Jan 22, 2018
"My new teeth are the best !"- M.J. / Google / Jan 15, 2018
"After waiting over 6 years to go back to a dentist, I was nervous going in. My past experiences had been dreadful to the point that I figured it would inescapably be that way no matter where I went. But (thanks to Susan and her staff) it didn't take me long to realize that I was mistaken. Everyone here is kind and considerate - even the other patients I've met so far. Their work is great and pretty quick, too. They even go out of their way to make sure all insurance and payment information is straight-forward (not to mention they helped me find a good oral surgeon who takes my insurance for wisdom teeth removal). All in all, you can't go wrong here. I plan to remain a patient here for as long as I live anywhere in the general area.Thanks for everything, Susan!"- C.D. / Yelp / Dec 18, 2017
"Dr. Susan Fredericks and her team are wonderful. I've been going there for a couple years now and I've never had any issues. They are very knowledgeable, great with scheduling, and try their best to keep prices fair. Highly recommend!Susan is dedicated to her passion and community. She volunteers at MEND clinic and helps teach dentistry all while running her practice. Super woman! Highly recommend!"- M.M. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
"Dr. Fredericks is great! I came in with a chipped tooth and she was able to perfectly match the color - it looks even better than before it was chipped! My regular dentist was very impressed with her work!"- A.A. / Google / Dec 03, 2017
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.