What is Preventive Dental Care?

Regular teeth cleanings and hygiene appointments are the foundation of preventive dental care and essential to your oral and overall health.  While proper home care is equally important, a professional teeth cleaning removes tartar and buildup that at-home dental care leaves behind.

During routine exams by your dentist in Valley Village, we’ll be able to monitor your oral health and address any concerns before they become larger issues.

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What to Expect at Your Preventive Dental Care Appointment in Laurel Canyon Dental, Darien Ephram DDS


We will perform a thorough cleaning of your teeth and gums. Using specialized tools, we’ll gently remove any plaque and tartar buildup, and floss between your teeth in all of those hard-to-reach areas. We’ll round out your cleaning by polishing your teeth, and applying fluoride if necessary, leaving your smile refreshed and revitalized.


Your oral health is more than just what’s on the surface. X-rays allow us to see more than what we can with our eyes alone, for more accurate diagnoses and treatment planning. So if you’re new to our office, or it’s just been a while since you’ve had them taken, x-rays may be a part of your preventive visit.


In addition to reviewing your x-rays, Dr. Darien Ephram will also perform an in-depth visual inspection of your teeth and gums. If there are any noticeable issues, he will discuss them with you, and provide treatment options to help guide your next steps. We prioritize patient education so you can make the decision that’s best for you and your smile.


Whether you’re simply scheduling a regular cleaning or a follow-up appointment for additional treatment, our team is here for you! We take the time to educate you and answer any questions you may have about your treatment, insurance, financing, or anything else that comes to mind, so every visit is streamlined and stress-free.