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.
Dental Cleanings Reviews
"Best dentist and staff! I always get a great cleaning and answers to all my questions. Everyone is very friendly and I always come out with a great smile by both the cleaning and good humor!"- M.L. / Yelp / Aug 10, 2016
"I rarely write reviews, but I am really just blown away by my entire experience here. First of all, Doctor Fredericks (Susan) is the best dentist that I have ever been to. That has to be said right off the bat. SHE IS AMAZING!!! I'm pretty sure most of us dread going to the dentist and I'm so glad that the entire office just has their stuff together. I can't begin to tell you how I have hated every single dentist I've ever gone to. When I first arrived, I was greeted by front-desk Susan (not to be confused with Doctor Susan). Office Manager/Front-desk Susan is extremely professional, kind, and caring. Exactly the type of person you want to talk to right before seeing the dentist. Especially if you are nervous! She is just awesome. When I went into my first visit, Doctor Fredericks started a plan on how to get me to where I need to be with my overall dental hygiene health. I had a major root canal done and I could barely feel the needle. Doctor Fredericks actually cares about your pain and is aware that you are a human being that just might be uncomfortable. Becky went over the numbers with me and was very clear about the cost. I FINALLY found my dentist and I'm so happy and relieved. I highly recommend Doctor Fredericks. The overall cost isn't super cheap, but since when is dental work cheap? It's also not too expensive. Just know that your teeth are a part of you, and it's in your best interest to take care of yourself. At least, that's what I tell myself each time I improve my dental health while paying the visit bill. It's 100% worth it. Thank you so much Doctor Fredericks. You and your staff are amazing. Don't ever change."- H.M. / Yelp / Apr 28, 2016
"Dr. Fredericks was recommended by a co-worker, and despite being a little far from my home (downtown L.A.) I went there for 2 years. Dr. Fredericks and her staff are very polite and professional, and while I feel confident about the level of technology they use in their treatments, I don't feel that they try to sell or push the use of technology that many other dentists seem to do. I hadn't been to a dentist for about a year and had to get some fillings done. They did a great job of working with my schedule and insurance/health savings plan to get the work done. Dr. Fredericks also had some concerns about my perio health, so she recommended a deeper cleaning and more frequent check-ups to monitor the condition. At my next checkup, all was good and I was back on track for excellent dental health.Unfortunately, I had to change dentists due to a new job and move to South Orange County. I was shocked when my new dentist told me I needed fillings and perio-treatment totaling almost $4000! It was only 6 months since my last visit, so I knew something wasn't right. I called Dr. Fredericks to get a consultation and she was able to accommodate me on a Saturday. I made the nearly 2 hour trip, and I'm glad I did. Dr. Fredericks conducted the examination herself and informed me everything was fine, there were just a couple things I needed to monitor and stay with regular check-ups to prevent issues. Dr. Fredericks gave me an honest evaluation that put me at ease, if my insurance covered it I would stay put and continue to make the trip up. I would definitely recommend Dr. Fredericks to anyone looking for a dentist in the area, it's worth the trip for top-notch, honest treatment!"- S.G. / Yelp / Mar 30, 2015
"Dr. Feredricks office is one the best dental offices I have ever been to... Her Hygienist Alene, is the absolute best Hygienist on this Earth, I am very sensitive and I dread going to have my teeth cleaned every 4 months, but since I met Alene, I have never ever had such a through and pain free cleaning in my life... Dr. Fredericks, thank you for taking care of me all these years. You are all the best."- F.A. / Yelp / Jan 27, 2017
"I have been going to Dr. Fredericks for 15 years. I found her when I worked in Woodland Hills and her location was convenient. I switched jobs and moved further away more than 10 years ago, but I continue to drive almost an hour (sometimes longer with traffic) because I trust her and she does great work! I usually see Anu for cleanings who is fantastic too! Thankfully, I have not needed a lot of dental work, so when Dr. Fredericks tells me I need something done, I completely trust she has my best interest at heart. She works with my insurance and I have not had any discrepancies or problems with this. Her office is always very busy (which I think is a good thing), but not so busy that I feel like I am not getting exceptional service."- C.C. / Yelp / Dec 28, 2016
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.
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