Smile Brightly With Dental Cleanings & Exams in San Pedro

No matter how well you brush, it’s tough to get all your teeth completely clean. Regular dental cleanings and exams in San Pedro are vital to maintaining a wonderful smile. They also give us an opportunity to catch problems like cavities in their earliest stages, when they are easiest to treat. In addition to this early intervention, your dental exams will:

  • Give you a smile that looks and feels fantastic
  • Include custom treatment plans uniquely suited to you and your smile needs
  • Keep your teeth healthy with preventive treatments
  • Prevent gum disease and cavities
  • Give you peace of mind about your oral health

You only get one smile in your life. Let our experienced dental  team make sure that it lasts! Call 310-982-6333 today to schedule your next appointment. You can also save 15 percent when you become a part of our dental membership plan.

Receive Personal Attention at Your Next Dental Exam

Practicing good oral hygiene means you keep to a regular schedule of cleanings and exams. By keeping those twice a year appointments, you avoid serious issues like gum disease and other oral health problems. When you visit us for your cleaning and exam, here is what you can expect:

  • We’ll take digital X-rays and, if needed, digital photos to get a more detailed picture of your current dental condition.
  • You’ll receive a thorough dental cleaning that gets all the areas brushing can miss. Feel free to ask us for a warm blanket or neck pillow so you’re more comfortable in our chair. We even have massage chairs in our operatories!
  • Dr. Shook will go over your mouth, looking for any sign of potential issues. She’ll also give you an oral cancer screening.
  • We can discuss a treatment plan if you need further care to get your smile back to a beautiful, healthy state.

We recommend scheduling dental cleanings and exams in San Pedro every six months. Schedule your next appointment by calling Shook Dental Care at 310-982-6333.

Common Questions About Dental Cleanings and Exams

How long does a dental exam and cleaning take?

That depends on several factors, including the condition of your teeth. If you haven’t visited a dentist in years, it will likely require more time than usual for your hygienist to remove hardened tartar from your teeth. In addition, you may have more issues you’d like to address with your dentist during your exam. The average time for a cleaning and exam, though, is about an hour.

How often should I get a dental cleaning and exam?

Dr. Shook and our team recommend that you visit us every six months for a dental cleaning and exam. These periodic visits allow us to monitor your oral health and keep an eye on any developing problems so that we can provide quick care when needed. We may recommend additional work such as tooth fillings or fluoride treatments to keep your mouth healthy.

Why are dental cleanings and exams necessary?

You should get professional dental cleanings and exams, according to recommendations by the American Dental Association. Even if you brush your teeth and floss your teeth every day, you can develop decay and gum infections. Regular cleanings remove plaque and tartar buildup, while exams allow us to find problems in the early stages.

Do dental checkups include oral cancer screenings?

Yes. Dental checkups typically involve a thorough cleaning, comprehensive exam, and dental X-rays to look for signs of problems like tooth decay or gum disease; an oral cancer screening; and time with your dentist to talk about any current or potential oral health issues that need to be addressed.