Dental Cleanings in Woodland Hills, CA

Protect and Enhance Your Healthy Smile

Regular brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining good oral hygiene, but they may not be enough to prevent all oral health issues. One uncleaned tooth can lead to complications such as cavities, decay, and gum disease. Especially, the back molars are hard to reach with a toothbrush and can be at risk. To ensure that your mouth is free of plaque, tartar, and unhealthy bacteria, it’s important to visit a dentist, such as Dr. Fredericks of Woodland Hills, who has the expertise and specialized tools to keep your teeth and gums healthy. To learn more about cavities and how to prevent them, read “What You Should Know About Cavities and How to Prevent Them.”

At Southern Cal Smiles, we encourage patients from the West Hills, Tarzana, Calabasas, and the surrounding Southern California communities to schedule biannual dental cleanings and exams at our Woodland Hills office. These regular visits can help you better maintain your smile’s health, appearance, and functionality than brushing and flossing alone.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

We encourage our Southern California patients to schedule a routine dental visit once every six months. These visits will include a thorough teeth cleaning, full-mouth examination, and other preventive treatments.

Depending on the state of your oral health, Dr. Fredericks will begin cleaning your teeth with an ultrasonic instrument that helps loosen bacteria-filled plaque and tartar. She’ll then use fine hand tools to carefully scale or scrape buildup from the gum line and enamel. Once bacteria deposits are removed from the teeth, Dr. Fredericks will polish the teeth using special toothpaste.

We’ll also examine your mouth for any underlying oral health issues. The earlier we can detect issues such as tooth decay or gum disease, the quicker we can create a treatment plan to help avoid any other complications from arising.

Oral Cancer Screening

During an oral cancer screening, Dr. Fredericks will closely examine your mouth for any oral cancer symptoms. With our advanced technology, we’re able to detect even the earliest signs of oral cancer. Early detection leads to a higher survival rate, so don’t hesitate to schedule a screening appointment if you suspect you may have oral cancer.

If we notice any signs of possible oral cancer, we’ll immediately perform more tests before confirming a diagnosis. If further steps must be taken, Dr. Fredericks will discuss effective oral cancer treatment options and help determine which option is best for you.

Diagnosing Periodontal Disease

At your biannual appointment, our Woodland Hills general dentist can also conduct a thorough inspection of your gums to check for signs of gum disease. If gum disease is present, we’ll conduct further examinations before making a diagnosis.

Some additional signs we look for during a gum disease examination include:

  • Gum Recession: The amount of recessed gum can indicate how much bone has been lost.
  • Tooth Mobility: Loose teeth may indicate a gum issue and possible bone loss.
  • Occlusion: Excessive force on teeth may increase the risk of bone loss, such as how hard you bite down. Grinding your teeth and not wearing a nightguard can also significantly contribute to gum disease and teeth becoming loose.
  • Attached Gingiva Amount: Gum recession may occur without an adequate amount of gingiva, which is where gingivitis gets its name.

Oral Hygiene Maintenance

Dental care shouldn’t begin and end at our Woodland Hills office. It’s important to practice daily oral hygiene maintenance to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. The best methods include brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and rinsing with mouthwash between meals. We recommend brushing for at least two minutes with fluoride toothpaste to strengthen your enamel.

Regular oral health care in combination with professional cleanings from Dr. Fredericks will help you achieve a beautiful and healthy smile.

Will Insurance Cover Regular Dental Cleanings?

Because biannual dental cleanings are considered necessary preventative care, most dental insurance carriers will cover the full dental cleaning costs. We recommend contacting your dental insurance provider ahead of time to learn what your plan will cover. If you don’t have dental insurance, we encourage you to visit our financing page to learn more about our affordable payment plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Southern Cal Smiles

6325 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Suite 402
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Office Hours

8:30am – 5:30pm
8:30am – 5:30pm
12:30pm – 7:30pm
9:00am – 4:00pm
8:30am – 1:30pm