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Cleanings & Prevention
Cleanings & Prevention

Protecting Oral Health in Lakeside, San Francisco, CA

Dr. Layla Rahimi is passionate about helping her patients prevent dental health concerns, as evident through her approach to examinations and treatments. Papillon Dental Arts provides preventive dentistry in Lakeside, Ingleside Terraces, Parkside, and the surrounding San Francisco neighborhoods. Schedule an appointment today to protect your oral health.

Exams and Prophylaxis

When you visit our practice, Dr. Rahimi begins each dental appointment with a thorough exam of your smile. She can discover any oral health problems early through this method, which allows her to provide treatment before they can cause more harm to your health.

The next step is to conduct prophylaxis, or a professional dental cleaning. Prophylaxis involves having our Lakeside dentist and a hygienist remove the plaque and tartar buildup on your teeth. This calculus is the source of both tooth decay and gum disease, and tartar specifically cannot be removed without a dental professional’s assistance. Undergoing prophylaxis as part of your dental checkups prevents the two most common dental diseases.

Periodontal Deep Cleanings

Sometimes, plaque and tartar can build up enough to cause gum disease. When gum disease advances from its earliest form, gingivitis, to its advanced form, periodontitis, a space opens between the gum tissue and the tooth. This space is called a periodontal pocket, and it allows calculus to build up below the gum line and thereby cause more extreme cases of gum disease.

In order to slow down and prevent the advance of periodontitis, Papillon Dental Arts provides periodontal deep cleanings. Also known as scaling and root planing, this procedure involves using specialized tools to remove the plaque and tartar from below the gum line, in addition to the normal removal that occurs during prophylaxis. After all calculus has been scaled off of a tooth, the surface of its root is planed smooth, which encourages the gums to heal back onto the tooth and close the pocket. Not only does a periodontal deep cleaning prevent gum disease from causing more harm to your smile, but it can also reverse some of the damage done in ideal circumstances.

Oral Cancer Screenings

As part of the exam that Dr. Rahimi conducts, you undergo an oral cancer screening. Oral cancer has a high survival rate if caught early, but signs of the disease are not easy to notice. By undergoing a cancer screening as a routine part of your dental exams, our practice helps you prevent the damage done by the condition. Dr. Rahimi will also consult with you on how to prevent cancer itself by minimizing your exposure to its risk factors.

Contact Us Today for Preventive Care

Papillon Dental Arts offers preventive dentistry in the Lakeside district of San Francisco. Call us today to schedule your next dental checkup.