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Preventive Dentistry Specialist

Ramin Mahallati, DDS -  - Prosthodontist

Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry

Ramin Mahallati, DDS

Prosthodontist & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Beverly Hills, CA

Just like you take good care of your health, you also need to take good care of your teeth to prevent chronic dental issues. Ramin Mahallati, DDS, at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry offers exceptional preventive dentistry at their Beverly Hills, California, office, where your needs always come first. Call today or request an appointment online to schedule your preventive dentistry exam.

Preventive Dentistry Q & A

What can I expect during a preventive dentistry exam?

A full comprehensive exam always starts with either Dr. Mahallati listening to your concerns, starting with what specifically led to your visit, and then taking a complete dental and medical history.

An oral exam includes:

  • Complete restorative, periodontal and endodontic evaluation
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Temporomandibular joint examination
  • Aesthetic evaluation
  • Study models and mounted casts (when indicated) and occlusal analysis

The preventive dentistry exam also includes full-mouth radiographs, which are digitalized to minimize your radiation exposure.

What is a dental hygiene cleaning?

Regular dental cleanings are an excellent way for you to maintain tooth longevity as well as optimal oral and total body health. Preventive dental cleanings include:

  • A review of your medical history
  • Check of your blood pressure
  • Remove all plaque and calculus, also known as tartar
  • Polishing your teeth.

You also receive dental hygiene instructions and hygiene aids to maintain optimal care at home. The team at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry schedules cleanings at recommended intervals based on your individual needs throughout the year to maintain oral health.

What are the benefits of preventive dentistry?

Regular dental visits at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry for your preventive dentistry needs offer you many benefits for both your oral and overall health. Benefits include:

  • Preventing cavities: The whitish film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque. The bacteria living in plaque is the cause of tooth decay and periodontal disease (gum disease). The acid produced by the bacteria eats away at your tooth enamel and, if left unattended, can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing, combined with regular dental cleanings. Assessment of home care and oral hygiene instructions provided by the dental hygienists at the Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry are important pillars of good oral health.
  • Stop tooth loss: Gum disease, which starts with the buildup of plaque and inflammation of the gums, is called gingivitis. If untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque and bacteria move farther down the root of the tooth, where it can destroy more of the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Regular dental cleanings combined with good oral hygiene can greatly reduce the likelihood of tooth loss.
  • A brighter smile: The consumption of certain foods and beverages can stain your teeth. Regular dental cleanings can remove stains, resulting in a whiter and brighter smile!
  • Fresh breath: Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Daily brushing and flossing combined with regular dental cleanings are a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odor-free.
  • Overall health: Studies have shown a connection between oral health and total body health. There are correlations between cardiovascular health, low birth weight, and periodontal (gum) health.

 

Regular dental cleanings may help lower your risk of some diseases, like heart disease and stroke. Some medical conditions, including life-threatening oral cancers and diseases, can be detected in their early stages during a routine oral exam.

What is an oral cancer screening?

Oral cancer affects more people nationwide than either cervical or skin (melanoma) cancer.  Although most oral cancers are found in people who use tobacco and/or drink alcohol excessively, 25% of oral cancers occur in people who have no risk factors at all. Recent medical studies indicate the human papillomavirus disease (HPV) can be linked to oral cancer.

During regular dental checkups, Dr. Mahallati examines your mouth to ensure there are no symptoms of oral cancer. Two dental visits per year are recommended, but if you notice any unusual changes in your mouth, the team recommends you call the office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

For preventive care to improve oral and overall health, call Center for Implant & Esthetic Dentistry today, or request an appointment online.

For more information about oral cancer, support groups, or treatments, please visit www.oralcancerfoundation.org.