Dental Cleanings & Exams
in Bentonville, AR

Most people should have their teeth cleaned during a routine checkup every six months, if circumstances permit, but no less frequently than annually. This is necessary to remove and prevent the buildup of tartar, also called calculus. Tartar can’t be completely eliminated with toothbrushing and flossing at home and is a major contributor to gum disease.

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What happens during a routine cleaning & exam?

A licensed dental hygienist will clean plaque, stains, and tartar from your teeth while assessing the health of your gums. Sometimes, X-rays will need to be taken. The doctor will then evaluate the health of your mouth, check the integrity of any fillings or other previous restorations, ensure there is no new tooth decay, and perform an oral cancer screening. These preventive visits can detect small problems before they become larger or lead to toothaches or worse. You’ll leave with your mouth feeling squeaky clean and fresh.

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What if I have questions?

We love questions! We want you to be confident in your smile because it looks good, and you know it’s healthy and strong! Whether you’re curious about available procedures, next steps, or even just general questions about your teeth and jaw, we’re always happy to answer!

While a patient could technically only have their teeth cleaned, the exam is an important part of taking care of the health of your mouth. Machines and instruments used during the examination can detect issues missed by cleaning alone. While your dentist may be able to notice some surface issues during the cleaning, a full exam is necessary to assess the health of your mouth as a whole.