Cleaning & Prevention in Marina Del Rey
You only have one smile, and we want to help you protect and preserve it. Our team provides comprehensive exams and preventive care to address current oral health issues and minimize future complications.
Dr. Helen Hooper and Dr. Deborah Newman, have helped individuals and families throughout Marina Del Rey, Playa Vista, Culver City, Westchester, and Venice with their oral health needs since 2003. Our team is welcoming, knowledgeable, and happy to address your concerns and answer any questions you may have regarding treatments, appointment times, and insurance coverage. If you're looking for a compassionate group that provides comprehensive exams and preventive care, contact us today!
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What is Preventive Dental Care?
Preventive dental care includes all the activities and treatments practiced to keep your smile healthy. Consistent brushing, flossing, and routine professional cleanings are the foundation of preventive dental care.
Even if you brush and floss daily, professional exams and cleanings are still vital. These cleanings are needed to remove any tartar built up on your teeth, especially along and belong the gumline.
Education is the best way for us to help you understand the critical connection between your oral health and overall well-being. Education enables you to develop healthy habits and feel confident about your smile.
Detailed examinations are done to evaluate the current health of your teeth and gums, and review your medical history. Regular dental exams allow us to give tips on caring for your teeth and provide oral cancer, TMJ, and gum disease screenings for early detection.
Thorough dental cleanings remove stubborn plaque along the gum line and in the hard-to-reach areas that regular brushing and flossing can miss. Cleanings are essential to prevent gum disease and provide an opportunity for our team to demonstrate proper oral hygiene.
Digital X-Rays provide precise imaging for a comprehensive evaluation of your overall oral health. Dental x-rays are valuable tools for detecting tooth decay, loss of jaw bone mass, and jaw development problems. X-rays and digital imaging can also help detect early signs of cancer, as well as non-cancerous tumors.
Fluoride treatment and dental sealants support strong teeth and help prevent decay. These treatments are particularly helpful for children who are still learning how to brush and floss correctly.
Mouthguards help prevent damage caused by the grinding and jaw clenching associated with bruxism.
Am I Due for a Checkup?
Your needs will vary depending on your overall oral health, but in general, it's best to visit us for preventive services at least twice a year. If it's been more than six months since your last visit, don't hesitate to make an appointment.
What is Gum Disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gum tissues and bone around your teeth. If left untreated, it can result in other serious oral health complications. The beginning stage of the disease is called gingivitis.
The most common cause of gum disease is bacterial plaque, which is a sticky and colorless film that collects on the surface of the teeth and below the gums. If it is not removed, it can harden to form tartar or calculus. When treated early, your chances of recovery are excellent.
The symptoms of gum disease include:
- Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
- Persistent bad breath
- New spaces between your teeth
- Gums that pull away from your teeth
- Loss of permanent teeth
- Painful chewing
Sometimes, you may not notice any symptoms, although you may still have some form of the disease. Therefore, it is essential to have regular dental checkups with Premiere Dental Group to identify and stop the progression of periodontal disease.
Treatments for Gum Disease
The damage caused by gingivitis can be reversed, but whether the disease is stopped, slowed, or gets worse will depend on how well you care for your teeth. Treating gingivitis is sometimes as simple as a professional dental cleaning and a regular regimen of good oral care at home.
Deep cleaning or scaling and root planning are needed when the disease has begun to break down tissue and bone around teeth. This extensive cleaning removes plaque and tartar below the gumline and smooths the root surfaces to promote healing. The antibiotic Arestin is added to the treatment area to reduce infection in the pockets around teeth. If more advanced treatment, such as pocket reduction is needed, we will help you coordinate with one of our trusted specialists.
Caring for Your Smile in Marina Del Rey
The best way to avoid periodontal disease is with an excellent oral hygiene program and regular dental visits. With professional cleanings and exams, our team can help you achieve a smile that looks and feels healthy once more.
You deserve to experience long-lasting oral health. Our office is friendly and inviting, with iPads and noise-canceling headphones available to listen to music or watch your favorite show during treatment. Call us today at our office in Marina Del Rey, where our caring staff is ready to help you protect your smile!
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