The importance of dental examinations and cleanings

Dr. Darien Ephram always stresses the importance of regular dental examinations and teeth cleanings. These exams are essential for maintaining good oral health, as they allow your dentist to identify and treat any problems that may be developing before they become more serious. Valley Village, California, area patients who need an evaluation or oral prophylaxis (dental cleaning) are welcome to connect with our team to enjoy quality care in an advanced, modern dental facility.

What happens during a dental examination?

Dental examinations include a visual inspection of the teeth, gums, tongue, and other tissues inside your mouth. Your dentist will also use special tools and x-rays to look for any signs of tooth decay or gum disease. If necessary, the dental hygienists who work with Dr. Ephram will perform a thorough cleaning to remove both tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. This is a teeth-cleaning procedure, sometimes referred to as oral prophylaxis. This deep cleaning should be done at least every six months by an experienced dental team.

Why should I have regular examinations and cleanings?

Regular dental exams are important because they help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, both of which can cause severe damage if left untreated. Studies have also linked periodontal disease to other medical conditions, including diabetes and an increased risk of heart disease. This is due to the oral-systemic connection, in which bacteria in the mouth caused by periodontitis infection can spread to other organs of the body and result in inflammation. Additionally, certain conditions that start to develop can be easier–and less costly–to address in their earlier stages, ensuring patients avoid extensive damage or expensive procedures in the future.

Do I need dental x-rays?

If you are a brand-new patient in our practice, we always start with dental x-rays to get an idea of your current smile’s health and any past procedures which may have been performed on your teeth. Then, we may recommend x-rays regularly to monitor for any changes in the smile’s health.

Schedule an appointment today

If you are overdue for a dental cleaning and examination, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Darien Ephram and his team at Laurel Canyon Dental, Darien Ephram DDS in Valley Village, CA. Call (818) 509-3055 to request an appointment at our office, conveniently located at 12156 Riverside Drive.