Dental Exams & Cleanings
Regular dental exams and cleanings will prevent the majority of the problems that require you to go see the dentist in the first place. It’s important to keep your mouth squeaky clean so you don’t end up needing unnecessary extractions, root canals, crowns, or even implants.
In order to help maintain good oral hygiene, you should be visiting our office at least twice a year for your regular checkups. Here at our Studio City dental office, we always put your comfort and health first. Learn more about what you can expect at your dental hygiene appointments.
Oral Cancer Screening
During your oral exam, Dr. Lavi will examine your oral cavity and check for any abnormalities. Our team works to identify any potential symptoms or signs of oral cancer at its earliest stage so we can help treat it.
The oral cancer screening process is quick and easy with Dr. Lavi. He will first look in the inside of your mouth for red or white patches or mouth sores. Next, he’ll feel the tissues in your mouth to check for lumps or other abnormalities, as well as examine your throat and neck.
Deep Cleaning for Gum Disease
For those with a significant amount of tartar buildup, which can be caused by genetics, food, and drinks as well as a host of other things, we recommend a deep cleaning. This is where our hygienist, Ora, cleans beneath the gum line to remove excess plaque and tartar that has built up over time.
It’s crucial to receive frequent teeth cleanings so you can prevent gum disease and other dental issues like cavities. At its earliest stage known as gingivitis, gum disease can be reversed during these hygiene appointments. If you avoid the dentist, periodontal disease can progress to its more severe stages which can lead to tooth loss and other health complications.
Cavities & Root Canals
Another complication that can be discovered during your regular checkups is cavities. Dental caries are seen by Dr. Lavi as decayed areas on your teeth that develop into tiny holes. Luckily, treatment for cavities is simple at our Studio City office.
Dental fillings or crowns are a preferred method of treatment for cavities as they help restore the health and appearance of your tooth. If a patient has a cavity that has affected their tooth root, Dr. Lavi may recommend root canal therapy to clean the infection in the pulp.
Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I get a dental cleaning?
You should get a dental cleaning at least twice a year. However, some patients with a higher risk of a bacterial infection may need to visit our office every three or four months.
Dr. Lavi will be able to provide a more accurate estimate of how frequently you should come in during your first visit. Otherwise, expect to come in for regular dental exams and teeth cleaning biannually.
How do I maintain good oral health?
Along with visiting our office regularly for your dental cleanings, you can maintain good oral health by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time
- Flossing and rinsing your with mouthwash at the end of your hygiene routine
- Following a well-balanced diet
- Limit tobacco and alcohol use
- Drink fluoridated water and use dental products with fluoride
Can gum disease be cured?
Gum disease can be cured at its earliest stage known as gingivitis. During this first stage of the disease, your gums may be red, swollen, and bleed easily.
At your hygiene appointment, our team can use scaling and root planing techniques to remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth that’s causing gum disease.
If the infection progresses to more severe stages, it may be harder to reverse and it can put you at risk for tooth loss, heart disease, and certain cancers.
How do you get oral cancer?
Oral cancer appears as a sore inside the mouth and can be caused by a variety of things. Risk factors that can lead to oral cancer include:
- Tobacco use
- Heavy alcohol use
- Excessive sun exposure to your lips
- Infection by the human papillomavirus (HPV)
During your hygiene appointments, we will also perform an oral screening exam to check for any abnormalities. If we find any, Dr. Lavi will recommend surgery or radiation therapy to fight it off.