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.
"Nothing but positive. I have a great smile!!"- M.W. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"I came in as a very last minute and excruciating painful emergency due to a tooth infection. The doctor took me in immediately same day and did an amazing job at making me feel a million times better. THe entire office staff is amazing, this is a wonderful office for all your dentist needs."- J.G. / Healthgrades / Oct 02, 2019
"Is it an exaggeration to say a visit to the dentist was a pleasure? Not with this dentist! The staff's disposition is matched only by their competence. I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Fredericks and company! Truly!"- B.D. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I had a couple chips in my front teeth, called the office and they were able to get me in the same day. Dr. Fredericks fixed my teeth and they look better than ever."- S.S. / Healthgrades / Oct 01, 2019
"I saw Dr. Fredericks for the first time last week as a second opinion. The dentist I previously saw told me that I absolutely needed to have implants put in and quoted my dental work to cost about $12,000. Dr. Fredericks did her own assessment and concluded that I did not need to have implants; that implants in my case would be elective. I appreciated her honesty as she could have also tried to overdiagnose me and she did not. I have found a new dentist and I feel so confident in her work and diagnoses due to education and honesty."- J.M. / Healthgrades / Sep 29, 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.