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

Preventing & Cleaning

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!


Prevention is the best, most cost effective and pain free way to obtain long lasting dental health. Our compassionate, experienced and gentle dental hygienists are your vehicle to this goal. Your dental hygienists will use special instruments to remove plaque and calculus from your teeth. We will screen for oral cancer, evaluate your supporting bone structure, and assess your current dental work. We offer a simple fluoride treatment with will effectively strengthen your teeth against decay and sensitivity. Your fluoride treatment which will be personalized to meet your unique needs and circumstances. Your hygienist will review customized home dental hygiene care for you to perform on your own between dental visits.

Preventing & Cleaning

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

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:

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:

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!

Meet our Team

Drs. Susan and Brent Hale are a husband and wife team who opened their Westside dental practice in 1987. They have been a constant favorite of entertainment and technology professionals, community leaders, newcomers to L.A., and pretty much everyone who values excellence as a standard of their dentistry.

Dr. Brent Hale


Dr. Susan Hale


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Dr. Susan Hale, DDS

Doctor Susan Hale is a Southern California Native. She attended UCLA followed by Northwestern Dental School in Chicago where she met Dr. Brent. Susan follows the quote of GV Black (the founder of modern dentistry and the first dean of her dental school,” The Professional has no right to be other than a continuous student.” She graduated from UCLA’s TMJ and Facial Pain Mini-Residency and Esthetic Professional’s Mini-Residency. She has a passion for her patients and giving them a beautiful healthy smile, In addition to loving her time with her family and friends, Dr. Susan enjoys running, yoga, cooking and now a little golf.

Dr. Brent Hale, DDS

Brent was born in Michigan and decided early on in life that dentistry suited his personal qualities, and would allow him to focus his career on things he truly enjoyed. He met Susan while they were both in dental school at Northwestern University. After graduating in 1985, the couple returned to Susan’s native Santa Monica to set up their dental partnership. They opened their first office in 1987.