Deep Teeth Cleaning

Deep Teeth Cleaning at Downtown Dental , Los Angeles

Gum disease strikes more than half of all American adults. This infection does not go away without professional dental intervention. If you suspect that you have early stages of gingivitis or if you are living with full-blown periodontal disease, reach out to Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, CA, to get help from Dr. Don Mungcal and his experienced team. You can have a healthy mouth again after deep teeth cleaning.

What Is a Deep Teeth Cleaning?

Deep teeth cleaning is sometimes referred to as teeth scaling and root planing, but no matter what you call it, this soft tissue management treatment is the most common way to address early gum disease. Here’s how it works:

  • Apply local anesthesia: Gums are numbed to minimize discomfort.
  • Remove bacteria: The plaque and tartar built up below the gumline are removed to stop bacteria from growing and spreading.
  • Smooth the enamel: Bumpy surfaces attract plaque more easily so these areas of enamel are smoothed out.

Deep teeth cleaning is simple and straightforward, but it can be time-consuming depending on how far your gum disease goes. Both manual and laser therapy can be used to scrape away the buildup around the gumline and create an area that can begin to heal and start fresh.

Be prepared for swollen, sensitive gums and minor bleeding after deep teeth cleaning, but be reassured that this temporary discomfort is a small price to pay for a mouth that is now infection-free and no longer moving in stages toward serious periodontal disease and tooth loss.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

During regular teeth cleanings every six months, your dental hygienist focuses on the teeth above the gum line. These cleanings are non-invasive and help keep gum disease at bay if you’re also doing your part at home to maintain a good oral hygiene routine.

If you want to avoid gum disease or the need for deep teeth cleaning:

  • See your dentist twice a year for teeth cleanings, more often if recommended.
  • Brush twice daily and floss at least once daily at home.
  • Do not use tobacco products.
  • Contact your dentist immediately if you have any pain, swelling, bleeding, or other discomfort.

If you do find yourself diagnosed with gingivitis and undergoing a deep teeth cleaning, once the procedure is complete, the work is not over. You will have to be diligent about keeping your gums healthy and your mouth free of build-up of plaque, bacteria, and tartar. Extra visits to your dentist will create an opportunity to see if your mouth is healing properly and identify whether gum disease has returned. Your dentist will also measure the pockets around your teeth to make sure they are getting smaller.

Identify Gum Disease Early

If you’ve never had gum disease, it isn’t always easy to identify that you’re suffering from this problem. The symptoms are not obvious at first – but an expert like your dentist or hygienist can absolutely recognize the problem right away. Signs of the most advanced gum disease include the following:

  • Swollen gums
  • Red gums
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Bad breath
  • Bad taste in the mouth
  • Tender gums
  • Gums pulled away from the teeth
  • Loose teeth

If you exhibit any of these symptoms, especially multiple symptoms, deep teeth cleaning will be recommended to prevent gum disease from advancing.

Some patients are predisposed to gum problems because of DNA, the medications they take, or health conditions, but for everyone else, the complication is almost always avoidable. Simply make your oral health a priority and always take good care of your teeth.

Schedule a Deep Teeth Cleaning in Los Angeles

If you are concerned that you may have early gum disease, or if it’s time to schedule an overdue teeth cleaning, contact Downtown Dental in Los Angeles to make your appointment.

  • Dr. Don Mungcal

    Dr. Don Mungcal

  • Dr. Tara Mavadat

    Dr. Tara Mavadat

  • Dr. Ivan Chan

    Dr. Ivan Chan

As the cornerstone and founder of Downtown Dental, Dr. Don Mungcal is a proactive and exceptionally talented dentist who is determined to contribute to the health and wellbeing of his community by attending to their dental care needs.

With over 28 years of experience and service, Dr. Mungcal makes it his responsibility to be the best version of himself by being his patients’ go-to point for any and all dental concerns. In addition to being meticulous in his work ethic, he is also an individual who understands development and change. He updates and informs himself constantly through various continuous educational programs that he undertakes. He also invests in the latest state-of-the-art technology to provide world-class dental services.

Dr. Mungcal graduated from UCLA and the University of the Pacific Dental School and is presently a member of several acclaimed medical associations, including the California Dental Society.

Dr. Tara Mavadat was always passionate about dentistry and is committed to helping patients achieve excellent oral health and beautiful smiles that last long. Having earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of the Pacific Dugoni School of Dentistry, she focuses on comprehensive general dentistry with an emphasis on preventive dentistry. Her primary goals are to provide comfort and quality as well as exceptional esthetic outcomes to every patient.

Dr. Ivan Chan is enthusiastic about dentistry and his patients' oral health and is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective care. He is a highly skilled dentist who received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. He earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry.

Dr. Chan has extensive training in general dentistry. He focuses on creating lasting smiles while attempting to prevent gum disease and cavities. He looks forward to assisting you with all your needs while assuring you that your trust is always in good hands, regardless of your needs!

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Oral Cancer Screening Video

Oral Cancer Screening Video
Every patient at Downtown Dental undergoes a thorough check for oral cancer and other dental health issues. This video shows how it’s done.
Here at downtown Dental, we take oral health and cancer screenings very serious. This month is November and it’s the month of oral health cancer awareness and screenings. Every patient we examined thoroughly, we look and we check their lips, tongue and we check for any abnormalities or bumps. At home you should also check to make sure that everything looks okayLeava is going to demonstrate what in oral health cancer screening is and what we examine. So, we first start off by checking all the lips. We make sure that the lips look healthy and that we palpate them, which is touching them and making sure that there’s nothing anormal. Then we go into the mucosa and check the cheeks. We’re going to look and check the hard palate as well as the soft palate. This might tickle a little. We checked the posterior of the tongue. Do you, Viola, go ahead and say, aaaaaa. We check the lateral sides of the tongue. Go ahead and sit your tongue showed up great. And we also check the floor of the mouth. Get the tongue to the roof of your mouth. Good all clear. Oral cancer is especially important to check the patients who are smokers, alcohol drinkers and we thank you for watching the video.

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