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Dental Cleanings and Checkups

Dental Cleaning & Examinations in Idaho Falls

We want to keep you and your smile as healthy and happy as possible! Routinely having your teeth cleaned by a trained professional is an important aspect of making this happen! We pride ourselves in our excellent hygienists and other dental care staff that help make these routine cleanings a great experience. 

A specialized dental professional is responsible for this part of a dental examination and will answer any questions someone might have, help address their oral health concerns, and provide guidance on how they can keep their smile in the best shape possible. To schedule your dental cleaning, contact the best dentists in Idaho Falls today at (208) 525-4780 today.

What to Expect at your Dental Cleaning and Checkup

Examination & Checkup

At the beginning of every checkup appointment is the overall examination of your oral health including teeth and gum health. Fairly quickly a trained professional can assess the health of your teeth. One of the benefits to forming a long-term relationship with your dentist and your dental care providers is that they can track your oral health over time. If you are coming in every 6 months it is easy to identify potential problems and create custom care plans to help!

Plaque Removal

Depending on how diligent someone has been in their own dental care, some plaque will build up over time. An important part of a dental cleaning is removing these build up deposits. This is a vital component of every dental checkup and cleaning at Sandcreek Dental. 


After the dental professional has removed, they will use a gritty toothpaste and electric brush to smooth and polish the teeth. The brush may be noisy, but the brushing itself is unlikely to cause discomfort. The toothpaste has a gritty substance to help get rid of any leftover plaque that the scaling might have missed, and the paste itself will polish the teeth to protect them from the buildup of bacteria between checkups.

What to Expect at your Dental Cleaning and Checkup


Flossing should be part of everyone’s regular at-home oral care routine. For people who do not floss regularly, there may be some discomfort during this part of the dental cleaning. The dental professional will use a thin piece of floss and glide it between each tooth to remove any plaque that might be present. They will likely ask how often the patient flosses and offer some suggestions for at-home care.

Tooth Polishing

Tooth polishing is an important dental procedure that we recommend pairing with the cleaning and other components of a routine dental checkup. The dental hygienist usually uses a small, soft rubber cup and polishing paste. A jet of pressurized air and water mixed with an abrasive agent or paste. The agent is the gritty feeling substance used during the process.

Fluoride Application

Another important component of routine dental care checkups is fluoride application or treatments. Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. It’s been widely used in oral health treatments for decades. Fluoride supports healthy tooth enamel and fights the bacteria that harm teeth and gums.

Dentist Assessment & Treatment Plan

Dentist Evaluation

After our amazing hygienists have evaluated and cleaned your teeth, Dr. Darrington or Dr. Smith will come in and review your oral health. This provides a second opinion on the current status of teeth, gums and other aspects of your overall condition. During this process, any areas of concerned are identified. The dental care team consults together and identifies care plan items as needed. 

Custom Dental Care Plan Creation

It is common for people to come and visit the dentist and have a variety of things needed to help improve the overall health of the patient. This care plan can consist of things as simple as making tooth brush recommendations or more in-depth plans consisting of various dental procedures.

Treatments as Needed

At Sandcreek Dental we want what is going to be best for you. There are times that you will come in and there will be no additional visit needed. There are other times, when there will be certain additional procedures that are needed like cavity fillings, crowns, whitenings, etc. We will help you understand what needs to be done, why it needs to be done and try and help you understand the potential financial responsibilities associated with those care plans and procedures.

The Power of the Dentist’s Fluoride and Equipment

At the end of the dental cleaning, the patient will likely be asked to rinse with a special fluoride mouthwash. Mouthwash that contains fluoride is a useful addition to any oral hygiene routine. If the dentist recommends this fluoride treatment in the office and at home, it helps protect the teeth against the development of tooth decay. Like the scaler, toothpaste, and electric brush used during the cleaning, this treatment is extra powerful, but not harmful.

Cleaning Sensitive Teeth

As long as they have followed the recommended at-home oral care guidelines, most people do not have issues with sensitive teeth. But if they do, they should let the dental professional know at the start of the appointment. If they are aware of the sensitivity, they can recommend ways to reduce the discomfort before, during, and after the cleaning. During the cleaning, they may check for areas of sensitivity to see if any issues should be addressed. They may also have additional recommendations for home care to make the next visit more comfortable.

The Difference Between a Dental Cleaning and Deep Cleaning

A dental cleaning is a regular, routine cleaning that should be scheduled every six months to keep the mouth healthy and clear of harmful plaque. A deep cleaning, however, may be necessary for those who have not had a normal dental cleaning in some time. Deep cleaning is recommended when there are bacteria or tartar in pockets between the teeth and gums. These bacteria could lead to gum disease and, if not addressed, tooth loss.

Deep cleaning is also called scaling and root planing. While scaling removes buildup from around the gums, root planning goes deeper. During root planing, the dental professional will remove buildup from the surface of the tooth roots. It may take multiple deep cleanings over time to be completely successful.

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About Us

Sandcreek Dental is a Family-Friendly Dentist Providing Personal Care since 1998 committed to providing quality dental care to families located in Idaho Falls, Ammon and the surrounding areas.


2460 E 25th St.
Idaho Falls, ID 83404

(208) 525-4780