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General Dental Check Up Redwood City

Located in Redwood City, Dr. Mahzoon and staff offer a wide variety of high-quality and affordable dental treatments. You will always play an active role in the care of your smile.

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How Important is Oral Hygiene?

Oral hygiene is necessary for eliminating bacteria in the mouth. Bacteria builds to form plaque that can harden and lead to long-term ailments such as gingivitis, a mild form of gum disease, and periodontal disease if it is not removed. A good dental care routine and regular check ups will keep your mouth healthy and prevent inflammation, infection, decay, and tooth loss.


Why Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams give us the opportunity to evaluate your current methods of dental care and provide suggestions for future care in order to protect you from complications such as cavities and gum disease. They also allow us to detect problems early so they can be fixed quickly and easily.

How Often Should You Get a Dental Exam?

Dental exams should generally take place every six months. However, consult with our team to decide how often you should be examined, for we may suggest that you visit more frequently based on factors such as smoking, frequency of cavities and genetic susceptibility to tooth and root decay as well as gum disease.

What Can I Expect From a Dental Exam?

At a typical dental exam, our team will thoroughly clean your teeth, removing any surface stains or deposits, called tartar or calculus, that are more difficult to remove than plaque and require the assistance of professional dental instruments. We will also check for signs of decay or gum disease. An X-ray may be performed to provide a more detailed summary of your oral health and to more closely identify any problems. We will ask you questions about your current methods of dental care, such as how often you brush your teeth, and floss, as well as whether you use a toothpaste with fluoride. With this information in mind, we will demonstrate proper dental care and provide suggestions on how to improve your habits to promote optimal oral health.

How Can You Prepare For a Dental Exam?

The best way to prepare for a dental exam is to practice good dental care. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. Be sure to clean your teeth before you arrive at your appointment. Our team will be cleaning your teeth for you, but it is helpful to remove food and plaque beforehand so we can focus on the more difficult-to-clean areas. You also want to make sure you are prepared to share pertinent information such as your medical history, insurance coverage and current dental care methods with us. Don’t be embarrassed to be honest about your oral health habits – our team is not here to judge you, but to work with you to improve your habits and ensure dental health! Lastly, be prepared to schedule a follow-up appointment or future check-up at the end of your dental exam.

What are the different types of dental cleanings?

There are two main types of dental cleanings. The first is a simple dental cleaning, also known as a prophy, which is recommended for healthy individuals every six months. The second type is a deep scaling and root cleaning, or deep cleaning. This is recommended for patients with diagnosed gum disease. It involves numbing the patient for comfort and thoroughly cleaning the gum tissue, not just around the gum line but under it as well to remove all tartar and plaque buildup.

What is the importance of dental cleanings?

Dental cleanings are crucial for maintaining oral health. Lack of dental cleanings can lead to gum disease, which is a condition that causes inflammation and can affect other organs in your body, including your brain, lungs, and heart. Therefore, it is advised that patients take dental cleanings seriously.

How often should I have a dental cleaning?

Healthy individuals are advised to have their teeth cleaned every six months. However, for patients with gum disease who have undergone a deep cleaning, it is recommended to have dental cleanings every three to four months.

Is dental cleaning painful?

No, dental cleaning is generally not painful. Regular cleanings are comfortable, and during a deep cleaning, the patient is numbed to prevent any discomfort.

How long should a typical dental cleaning take?

A typical dental cleaning appointment is around an hour long, which includes the cleaning procedure, x-rays, and an examination. The cleaning itself usually takes between 30 to 40 minutes.

What happens during a teeth cleaning?

During a dental cleaning, a hygienist uses an ultrasonic device called a Cavitron to remove all tartar and plaque. They then use hand scalers to ensure no tartar buildup is left, and finally, they perform a chronopolish to remove any stains on your teeth.

Are dental hygienists able to remove all the tartar during a dental cleaning?

Yes, dental hygienists ensure that all tartar is removed during a dental cleaning to promote healthy gums.

Can dental cleaning damage the teeth?

No, the tools used during a dental cleaning do not cause any damage to the teeth.

How do I treat sensitive teeth after dental cleanings?

If a patient experiences sensitive teeth after a deep cleaning, it is recommended to use a sensitizing toothpaste or a fluoride mouthwash.

How can I schedule a dental cleaning?

To schedule a dental cleaning, simply give us a call. We have appointments available, and our hygienists are ready to help you maintain a healthy mouth.