What is the best dental care schedule for California patients? Los Angeles dentist explains

Best Dental Care California Los Angeles - Image for Best Dental Care CaliforniaSixty years ago, few people saw their dentist regularly. A trip to the dental chair happened only after trauma occurred, or when a toothache became unbearable. Today, we understand the benefits of regular dental checkups to appearance, oral health, and whole-body wellness. Dr. Don Mungcal discusses the best dental care schedule for patients of Downtown Dental in Los Angeles, California.

The bi-annual standard

The ideal schedule for dental visits depends a great deal on your personal oral hygiene, lifestyle habits, and health conditions. For most reasonably healthy people who brush and floss regularly, a cleaning and examination twice a year is adequate. It is not advisable to go longer than six months, as stains may build up, and harmful oral bacteria counts increase. By catching gum disease and tooth decay early, it can be treated with the least discomfort and expense, and the best outcome. Dr. Mungcal also screens for oral cancers for early detection and the best prognosis.

When more frequent recall appointments are needed

For patients who are at high risk of dental disease, Dr. Mungcal suggests visits every four months, three months, or even more frequently in extreme cases.

This higher risk group includes:
  • Patients managing existing gum disease
  • Pregnant women
  • Smokers
  • Patients with diabetes
  • Those with a natural tendency to develop cavities or build-up of plaque
  • Anyone with a weakened immune system and low resistance to bacterial infection (such as chemotherapy patients)
  • Patients who grind or clench
A temporary increase in recall appointments during a time of illness or stress may help you prevent a serious or permanent oral problem.

The hygienists at Downtown Dental provides a thorough cleaning that removes bacterial plaque in hard-to-reach spots. Teeth are polished and flossed. The dentist performs an assessment of teeth and soft tissues and may order X-rays. You leave the office with fresh breath and peace of mind.

New patients are welcome at Downtown Dental. Call 213-863-9464.
  • Dr. Don Mungcal
  • Dr. Elizabeth Loftus
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. Elizabeth Loftus is a qualified dentist from Sacramento who truly loves the art of dentistry and helping people with their oral health and dental needs. She pursued her higher education at USC, where her initial area of focus was biomedical engineering.

However, after an internship undertaken at a dental office, she came to the realization that dentistry was her true calling, and then onwards dedicated her time and energy to serving dental care patients to the best of her ability.

She is an advocate for positive dental experiences for her patients and making sure they always are relaxed and calm whenever they undergo dental procedures.

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I actually owe a debt to Downtown Dental because they caught my oral cancer. I went to them because I had a bump on my tongue and thankfully they ordered a biopsy immediately (same day). The staff has been wonderful to me (even sending me a get well card during my cancer treatment). They do great work - the crowns are made in the office to save you time - and they are very upfront on pricing. You know exactly what you will pay. They are also very flexible on appointments. And they validate parking! They also have taken COVID precautions very seriously. Very professional and well-organized. Highly recommend them.
The staff here on its own deserves the five stars. Everyone is so friendly and take there time to get to know you as a patient. There very easy to work with on what’s best for you in the long run with insurance and dental care. On top of them making you feel comfortable, you can tell that they actually care about you and your dental health. The parking is also super easy and they validate so you don’t have to pay. I’d highly recommend coming here!
I am so glad I came to Downtown Dental. From the moment I walked into the office I was met with a smile and a warm welcome. During my first visit, a dental plan was made for me and they got to work right away. I have never experienced such attention to detail and such excellent customer service at a dental office. During my root canal procedure and fillings everyone was extremely helpful and constantly making sure I was comfortable. Since then, I am encouraging everyone to check out Downtown Dental, they really are amazing.
Best experience I have ever had in 40 plus years of Dentist visits. Crazy friendly people, every last one of them. Such a pleasant experience. If you need a Dentist this is the place to go. The Doctor is awesome as well.
This place has been my dentist my whole life and I won't consider going anywhere else. Everyone is nice and accommodating and the doctor knows his stuff. I just had pinhole gum rejuvenation surgery and the results are awesome. The staff really looks out for your best interest and the doctor will assure you have a great smile...pain free too..
If your looking for a Dental office that does good quality and precise work . With care and a gentle touch . then Downtown Dental is the place for you ! I got an extraction here and they made me feel comfortable and always checked to see how I was feeling and doing ! Dr. Mungcal is easily one of the best dentist in LA.
Most updated equipment ive ever seen in a dental office, pain less wisdom teeth extraction and comfortable throughout the entire process. Dr.Mungcal, Lali and the entire staff make a great team!! Thank you Downtown Dental!!
Amazing staff, efficient, professional, and all around incredible! We love the technology they have right in their office making our appointments time effective. Dr. Mungcal and his crew are amazing!
The staff is very knowledgeable and professional. My experience here is always great! Couldn't be happier
I have been going to downtown dental for years and I just can't recommend them enough. Priyam and Sussie are extra amazing, as is the entire team there!
Absolutely amazing experience at Downtown Dental! The staff is so kind and really welcome you in. Overall the dental care has been incredible and I highly, highly recommend coming here for any dental need.

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