Dental Cleanings (Routine Checkups)

Dental checkups, involving both digital X-rays and professional cleanings, are among the primary general dentistry services we offer at our American Fork, UT dental offices.

By caring for your teeth with regular checkups and cleanings, we help you prevent tooth decay and address dental problems in their earliest stages, before they become more serious – and more costly!

Professional dental cleanings

Our dental hygienists and dentists use state-of-the-art equipment to clean your teeth in the gentlest, most effective ways possible. In addition to cleansing and polishing, we remove built-up plaque and also perform periodontal deep cleanings as necessary.

Many people fear the dentist and think they can avoid needing to go to the dentist because they take good care of their teeth. However, even if you have great dental hygiene, nothing can replace a professional dental cleaning. Some plaque build-up is inevitable, and this cavity-causing material needs to be removed with the proper tools by a qualified professional.

Routine X-rays

X-rays are another component of routine dental care. We use X-rays to get a closer look at your teeth and gums to detect problems from early to advanced stages. The digital X-ray technology we use is both safe and effective, allowing a detailed inspection of your teeth without exposing you to the higher levels of radiation that come with traditional X-rays.

Physical inspection of teeth and gums

Besides cleaning your teeth and taking X-rays, one of our dentists will also take a close look inside your mouth to inspect your teeth and gums. Not all problems show up clearly in X-rays, so having the trained eye of an experienced professional like Dr. Searle or Dr. Murdock is essential for making sure your smile is in good shape.

Professional advice for your smile

After your routine checkup and cleaning, the dentist will give you advice on how you can best take care of your teeth before your next visit. This advice may include the use of a special fluoride gel to address any early stages of decay we find, or even a night guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth in your sleep. Our advice is tailored to your specific needs. Best of all, this professional dental care and consultation is often fully covered by dental insurance.

How often should you go to the dentist?

You should schedule a dental checkup and cleaning about every six months, but we may recommend that you come more or less frequently depending on your specific situation. For example, if you get frequent cavities or have an issue like gum disease, we may recommend you schedule routine visits more frequently than every six months. If you’re 40 years old and have never had a cavity in your life, a once-a-year visit might be sufficient.

We believe dental visits should be a relaxed, low-pressure experience, free of judgement or discomfort. This is the type of service we pride ourselves on providing the people of American Fork. Whether it’s been six months or 10 years since your last dental visit, we urge you to give us a call today to schedule a dental checkup.