Cleaning and Prevention

Cleaning and Prevention in Bixby Knolls

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, as the old saying goes, and at Dentist of Bixby Knolls, we believe that wholeheartedly. That is why we offer a full range of preventative dental services to help keep your smile looking great and catch developing problems early when they are easier and less expensive to treat.

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What Is Preventative Dentistry?

Preventative dentistry is dental services and practices designed to prevent, rather than correct, dental problems. Prevention is the best way to take care of your teeth over the long term. It is much easier to prevent a problem than fix it! We offer a full range of preventative dental services to all of our patients in Bixby Knolls and North Long Beach.

What Dental Services Count as Preventative?

Any dental treatment or service designed to prevent dental problems counts as preventative. This includes your home oral hygiene routine. It also includes routine dental cleanings and checkups in our Bixby Knolls office and services such as x-rays, sealants, and fluoride treatments.

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Why Should I Get Regular Dental Cleanings?

During a dental cleaning, your oral hygienist will remove plaque from your teeth and gums before it can cause tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. Cleanings remove plaque and tartar that cannot be reached by regular brushing. Light stains are also removed during your routine dental cleanings.

In addition, during every cleaning you will receive a thorough oral examination that checks for developing problems with your teeth and other serious health issues such as oral cancer. Getting these routine cleanings is vital for keeping your teeth healthy and preventing dental issues.

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How Often Should I See My Dentist for Cleanings and Preventative Services?

You should see your provider in the Bixby Knolls office for a routine cleaning and exam at least twice a year. Dental x-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, and other preventative services are performed at different intervals based on your individual dental health and insurance. Your provider will develop a personalized care plan tailored to your individual needs when you come in for your appointment.

How Much Do Cleanings and Preventative Dental Services Cost in Bixby Knolls?

Routine cleanings and checkups are covered entirely, or nearly so, by most dental insurance plans. If you have dental insurance, your out-of-pocket cost for these services should be minimal. Different plans provide varying benefit levels for other preventative services such as x-rays and fluoride treatments.

When you come into the Bixby Knolls office for your appointment, our staff will contact your insurance company and find out exactly what your coverage is and let you know what you will have to pay before any treatment is started. You will never have any surprise bills at Dentist of Bixby Knolls!

We also offer a variety of payment plans and financing options to help you get the care you need. We want to be sure all our patients in the Bixby Knolls and North Long Beach area can take care of their dental needs today instead of putting them off until later. Ask our staff if you want to find out more about these options.

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What Preventative Dental Services Should I Be Doing at Home?

Following a good oral hygiene routine between office visits is also important in maintaining your dental health. You should brush your teeth twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You should floss at least once daily. You can also use mouthwash daily.

Do You Want to Have a Better Smile?

Call Dentist of Bixby Knolls at (562) 287-5175 and make an appointment today!