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Dental Cleanings


If you can’t remember the last time you went in for a dental cleaning, then call us at 310-510-0322 today. Dr. Benny Calise recommends you get a dental cleaning twice a year. It should be a major part of your oral health regimen if you hope to prevent gum disease and cavities.

It Starts with Plaque and Tartar

The environment inside your mouth is unique and unlike any other part of the body. It takes daily beatings from the food you eat and the beverages you drink. You expose your mouth to sugars, acids, carbohydrates, and so much more. Food particles, bacteria, and proteins stick to the saliva film on your teeth. This is plaque. The slimy substance clings along the gumline and builds up in hard to reach crevices between teeth.

Over time the bacteria in plaque break down the sugars and carbs, producing an acid byproduct that damages the enamel. This is why you must brush twice a day, to clear away plaque. If not, it can harden into tartar. Tartar is the calcified deposit that forms when plaque stays too long in the mouth. The body sees these foreign substances as a threat and uses the immune system to fight off the infection. Usually, inflammation and swelling ensue, and can increase your risk of gum disease. While you might remove plaque with your toothbrush and dental floss, once tartar forms the only way to remove it is with professional dental cleanings.

Benefits of Routine Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings can:

  • Prevent cavities
  • Reduce the risk of gum disease
  • Stop tooth loss
  • Brighten teeth
  • Freshen your breath
  • Improve your overall health
  • Save you money in the long run

What is a Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleanings, also known as prophylaxis, involve so much more than just brushing teeth. With special tools and materials, the dentist removes both the hard and soft deposits on teeth. Not only does Dr. Calise clean the surface of the enamel, but he also scrapes away the calcified deposits. He will work all the way to the gumline and to the root if necessary. To finish, he also polishes teeth.

The smooth surface makes it more difficult for plaque and tartar to reform. It also encourages a healthy reattachment of gums where pockets may have formed. The dentist will explain what he is doing and why you might feel some sensitivity. If you like, you can ask for a mirror and follow along as the dentist performs the cleaning. That way he can show you first hand where you should focus a little more attention while brushing and flossing.

Some Questions to Ask During your Cleaning

Want to stay updated on your oral health? Then here are a few questions you can ask during your routine cleanings:

  • Do I have any signs of gum disease?
  • Is there any gum recession?
  • Am I over-brushing my teeth?
  • Are there signs of teeth grinding?
  • How can I improve my oral hygiene at home?

Call Dr. Calise for Routine Dental Cleanings

Regular cleanings from Avalon Dental Clinic are an essential part of keeping your mouth healthy. Call us today at 310-510-0322 to set up an exam and dental cleaning. If it is your first appointment with us, the exam is free!