Santa Monica Dentists Susan and Brent Hale: Protect Your Future With Proper Cleaning and Prevention

The Santa Monica dentists, Hale & Hale, DDS have some simple, common sense tips they call “The Basics.” And it’s really very easy to fall into a good dental routine that will prevent many potential problems from occurring later on. Proper cleaning combined with a few tried and true home techniques will help you breeze through your next dental exam!

“The Basics” By Susan and Brent Hale: Santa Monica Dentists

  • Brush at least twice a day, in the morning and before bed
  • Brush for at least two minutes

  • Floss with each brushing
  • Come see us twice a year

Regular brushing and flossing is the most important thing you can do to maintain a healthy smile. Beyond that, see us twice a year so we can stay on top of any potential problems you can’t see. Gum disease, cavities, and even oral cancer are easily prevented if symptoms are identified early on by a dentist.

Your Dental Exam gives us, your Santa Monica dentists, the chance to catch up on your dental health and check for any potential issues that you might not be aware of. Many dental diseases aren’t detectable without proper screening.
Here’s a tip: for the best brushing results, brush twice using each hand to hold your toothbrush. You can reach different angles with the toothbrush depending on which hand you use, so using both means you can clean more of your teeth. 

What Happens During a Routine Check-Up?

A Dental Exam and a Professional Cleaning

As a new patient, we’ll make sure you have a complete experience. Before we do anything, you’ll get a complete tour of our office where you’ll meet Drs. Susan and Brent Hale, Debra (our Registered Dental Hygienist), and the rest of our staff. Next, we’ll perform a complete review of your dental history and the current condition of your overall dental health.

The Dental Exam:

  • Diagnostic X-rays to check for a host of potential issues
  • Oral cancer screening

  • Gum disease evaluation
  • Examination for tooth decay
  • Examination of existing dental restorations

We’re your partner in dental care, and want to make sure you understand all of your options when it comes to your oral health. We will take as much time as you need to discuss your specific dental situation in as much detail as you like. Don’t forget to ask any questions you have about cosmetic procedures too!

If you’re coming in for a hygiene appointment, you’ll meet with the rest of our awesome team for a Professional Dental Cleaning. New patients will get a dental review and X-rays before the cleaning, in the same appointment!

Our Professional Dental Cleaning:

  • Removal of plaque and tartar

  • Tooth polishing

Brushing and flossing at home minimizes the build-up of plague and tartar, but it’s still best to get a professional cleaning every six months. A deep, gentle cleaning keeps your dental health in excellent shape.

Has it been a while since you’ve had a check-up? That’s fine – we’re just happy to see you now. You’ll be amazed at how clean and fresh your mouth will feel after a professional cleaning.  

Here’s a tip: fluoride is great for your teeth but it’s only in tap water, not bottled. If you primarily drink bottled water, check with Dr. Hale to make sure you’re getting enough fluoride from other sources.

Looking for Santa Monica dentists with same or next day appointments? Call us at (310) 453-9631 or contact us online – we’re always happy to meet new patients!