SERVICES Exams and Cleanings

Seattle Smiles Dental – Exams and Cleanings

Great oral health starts with a periodic examination and cleaning.

Comprehensive examinations

We will provide you with a treatment plan based upon our findings and are happy to discuss alternative options or questions you may have taking into your consideration your individual preferences and needs. After your first visit, we will continue to see you for periodic examinations, usually every 6 months, and limited or emergency examinations as needed when unexpected dental issues arise.

Here’s what to expect at your initial visit:

  • A review of your medical history. Tell us about any medications, allergies or supplements you are taking.
  • A conversation with your dentist about any concerns you have regarding your teeth, mouth or overall oral health. We encourage you to ask questions.
  • A periodontal (gum) evaluation. We evaluate your x-rays and take gum measurements in order to determine your gum health and if periodontal (gum) disease is present.
  • Oral examination of the teeth including an oral cancer screening
  • X-rays to evaluate for problems, cavities or bone loss in areas that may not be visible during the oral examination. Please forward us a copy of your past x-rays so we can determine in advance if new records will be required.
  • Intraoral photographs, or pictures of your teeth, record the current visual state of your teeth so we may compare changes over time.

A comprehensive treatment plan will be presented based on our findings, records and your individual needs and preferences. Be sure to ask your dentist, hygienist or anyone on our team about your oral health questions and concerns. A well-informed decision that you are comfortable with is going to be the best one for your oral health.


Regular dental cleanings usually go hand in hand with the comprehensive examination or regular (recall) evaluation. In the absence of periodontal (gum) disease which may require additional treatment, a regular cleaning will remove debris, calculus, plaque and stain from your teeth. We usually begin by using an ultrasonic cleaning instrument which vibrates loose any harder deposits, then use hand instruments to remove finer pieces and then use a polisher to remove surface stains.

We’ll make recommendations or suggestions on how to clean your teeth or any special restorations or tooth conditions that might require additional homecare tools and answer any questions you have about maintaining your teeth.