A professional dental cleaning, also known as prophylaxis, involves the scaling and polishing procedures that remove plaque, tartar and stains from the teeth. Having your teeth cleaned by a dentist or dental hygienist helps prevent cavities, gingivitis and periodontal disease.
This procedure removes hardened deposits not removed by routine brushing and flossing making your gums and teeth healthier.
The scaling process scrapes away bacteria, plaque and tartar from the tooth above and below the gum line. The tartar that is built up below the gum line is not easy to take off, that’s why deep scaling takes a bit longer and is generally performed using local anesthetic.
A regular professional cleaning should be done every 6 months to help maintain good oral health.
Fluoride is a mineral found in water, foods, toothpastes, mouth rinses and fluoride treatments. Fluoride makes your teeth more immune to decay and more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth.
Sealants are made of a plastic, clear material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth, premolars and molars. Sealants protect teeth from bacteria and food keeping them cavity-free. They are very effective at preventing cavities and are recommended by most dentists.
The application of this plastic resin is quick, simple and painless. The tooth is first cleaned then the sealant liquid is painted in the grooves of the chewing surfaces and lastly it is hardened with a special light. This procedure can be done in just one visit and the patient will be able to eat right away.
MI Paste- Remineralizing Paste
Saliva helps provide essential minerals that strengthen your teeth and protect the enamel. Variious activities can create an acid imbalance that makes it difficult to produce saliva and protective minerals.
MI Paste is a one-of-a-kind product that restores minerals and helps you produce saliva. It is the only dental product with RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP), a special milk-derived protein that is a breakthrough in oral health care in helping to remineralize teeth.
MI Paste and MI Paste Plus with RECALDENT™ (CPP-ACP):
- Strengthens your teeth with tooth-replenishing calcium and phosphate
- Releases vital minerals into your mouth when and where they are needed
- Produces a saliva-like environment that maintains normal acid levels and healthy teeth
- RECALDENT™ CPP-ACP is milk derived with lactose content less than 0.01%.*
- Helps condition, protect and rebuild your tooth surfaces
- Is a water-based, sugar-free crème that comes in five delicious flavors
MI Paste with RECALDENT (CPP-ACP) fortifies your teeth to keep your smile vibrant for a lifetime.
For more information about preventive dentistry, please call (310) 826-6123 or schedule an appointment with our Japanese American cosmetic dentist in West Los Angeles.
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