Dental Cleanings and Exams Feel Confident With Routine Care
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for a healthy smile
  • Schedule appointments as early as 7 a.m.
  • Leave with that “fresh-from-the-dentist” feeling

Smile Brighter With Puyallup Dental Cleanings & Exams

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Everyone wants to have the best smile possible. That’s why Drs. Smith and Wetterhus recommend that you visit us every six months for a routine checkup. Our Puyallup dental cleanings and exams will help:

  • Keep your teeth white and your mouth healthy
  • Catch and treat oral problems before they can damage your smile
  • Give you peace of mind about your oral health
  • Increase your confidence that your smile is attractive

To schedule your next cleaning and exam, call us today at 253-999-9419. Our friendly team will be happy to set up an appointment for you as early as 7 a.m. In addition, we can arrange to see multiple family members during a single appointment time for added convenience. Our address is 3920 10th St. SE, three buildings down from Sound Family Medicine.

Regular Checkups Give You a Healthier Smile

Not many people can keep all their natural teeth in place – much less in good shape – without routine checkups from a skilled dentist. Regular dental cleanings and exams at Smith & Wetterhus Dentistry form the foundation for a beautiful and healthy smile.

For optimal comfort, we can use a local anesthetic during your checkup, plus we offer both inhaled sedation and oral conscious sedation if desired. Providing you comfortable dental treatment is our highest priority.

Your appointment will usually begin with our dental hygienist. They will:

  • Review your dental history
  • Look over your teeth and gums
  • Perform an oral cancer screening
  • Take X-rays if needed
  • Thoroughly clean and polish each of your teeth

After your cleaning, either Dr. Smith or Dr. Wetterhus will review your X-rays and perform a complete dental exam to check for any problems. They will make recommendations for other treatments if they are needed to keep your teeth and smile in good shape. These treatments could include fluoride applications or tooth sealants to help prevent cavities, or custom mouthguards for athletics or to stop harmful teeth grinding.

For your best smile, stay up to date on your Puyallup dental cleanings and exams. Call us today at 253-999-9419 to set up your next visit. You can also make an appointment online.

Commonly Asked Questions About Dental Cleanings & Exams

How long does a dental exam and cleaning take?

Most of the time, a regular dental cleaning and exam will take about an hour. During this time, our team will take a set of X-rays if needed, thoroughly clean and polish all your teeth, and perform a complete dental exam. If you need additional work, such as a tooth filling or fluoride treatment, we’ll let you know and advise you of the extra time required.

How often should I get a dental cleaning and exam?

We recommend getting your teeth cleaned and examined every six months. Biannual visits will keep your teeth and gums in good shape. It will also give your dentist a chance to discover any problems while they are small and easily treatable. Plus, exams give us a good opportunity to discuss your smile challenges and goals with you.

Why are dental cleanings and exams necessary?

You should schedule a dental cleaning and exam every six months as part of your healthy lifestyle. That’s because your oral hygiene routine at home is not enough to prevent harmful bacteria from causing cavities, gum disease, and other problems. Only a hygienist and dentist have the training and proper equipment to remove plaque buildup and detect oral health threats that you can’t see when you look in the mirror.

How soon after my cleaning can I eat?

You can typically eat right after a dental cleaning, as it doesn’t require any numbing or recovery time. However, it’s important to consider the potential sensitivity of your teeth and gums after the cleaning. If you experience sensitivity or your dentist advises against consuming certain foods or drinks immediately after the cleaning, it’s best to follow their recommendations. In general, you can resume your regular eating habits after a dental cleaning without significant delay or restrictions.