Dental Cleanings & Exams

Cleanings & Exams: Spotting and Stopping Problems With Exceptional Care

Searching for a dental practice that truly values your comfort and prioritizes your well-being? Look no further than Desert Hills Dental Care. Our passionate team of Farmington, NM, family dentists are committed to delivering exceptional dental care, which is why we provide regular cleanings and exams — your first line of defense against tooth decay and oral disease. 

Our professional cleanings and comprehensive dental exams not only help you maintain a radiant, healthy smile but also proactively address and prevent oral health issues. Prepare to experience a level of personalized care and attention that sets us apart from the rest. Call our Farmington dental practice at (505) 327-4863 and schedule your appointment. 

What Are Professional Dental Cleanings & Exams?

Professional dental cleanings and exams are essential preventive measures that involve a thorough evaluation of your oral health and teeth cleaning to remove plaque, tartar, and stubborn stains. These routine visits with our Farmington dentists keep your smile looking its best and play a crucial role in detecting and addressing any potential dental concerns early on.

Benefits of Dental Cleanings and Exams

Some of the many benefits of regular dental exams and professional teeth cleanings include:Middle-aged woman miming taking a picture of herself

  • Prevents Cavities and Gum Disease: Regular teeth cleanings remove the plaque and tartar buildup that can lead to tooth decay and gum inflammation, helping to safeguard your oral health and prevent the need for more extensive and costly treatments down the line.
  • Removes Harmful Plaque and Tartar Buildup: Even with diligent brushing and flossing at home, stubborn plaque and tartar can accumulate in hard-to-reach areas around your teeth and gums. Professional cleanings use specialized tools to eliminate this buildup, reducing your risk of developing cavities and periodontal disease.
  • Brightens and Polishes Your Teeth: Staining from coffee, tea, wine, and other dietary factors can dull the appearance of your smile over time. During a professional cleaning, your teeth will be polished, removing surface stains and restoring their natural radiance.
  • Detects Oral Health Issues Early: During your dental exam, our experienced Farmington dentists will thoroughly evaluate your oral cavity, looking for any signs of potential concerns, such as cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, or other issues. Early detection allows for prompt treatment, often preventing more serious complications.
  • Reduces the Risk of Tooth Loss: Advanced gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Both dental cleanings and exams play a crucial role in identifying and managing gum disease early on, significantly reducing the likelihood of tooth loss later in life.woman looking at her new smile at the dentist's office
  • Improves Overall Oral Hygiene: Professional routine cleanings and personalized guidance from our dental team will help you establish and maintain excellent oral hygiene habits, ensuring your at-home brushing and flossing routines are effective in keeping your mouth healthy.
  • Fresher Breath: Plaque and tartar buildup can trap food particles and bacteria, leading to persistent bad breath. Regular cleanings eliminate these sources of odor, leaving you with a refreshed, clean mouth and improved breath.
  • Boosts Confidence in Your Smile: With a brighter, healthier smile and the peace of mind that comes from optimal oral health, you can smile with newfound confidence in personal and professional settings.

What To Expect During Dental Cleanings and Exams


During your appointment, our friendly dental team at Desert Hills Dental Care will begin by discussing your oral health concerns, goals, and any changes since your last visit. Your consultation is a great time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have. 


One of our experienced Farmington dentists will perform a comprehensive oral examination, checking for any signs of decay, gum disease, or other dental issues. As part of our commitment to your well-being, we’ll also conduct an oral cancer screening to detect potential abnormalities.

Dental Cleaning

After your exam, you’ll have your professional cleaning. Our skilled dental hygienist will use specialized tools to carefully remove plaque and tartar from your teeth and gum line, ensuring a thorough cleaning.


After the cleaning, your teeth will be polished to remove surface stains and leave you with a refreshed, brighter smile.


Our dental hygienists will expertly floss your teeth, ensuring no areas are missed during the cleaning process.


You’ll receive a refreshing rinse to remove any remaining debris and leave your mouth feeling clean and fresh.

Fluoride Treatment

To strengthen your enamel and protect against cavities, we may recommend a professional-grade fluoride treatment.

Oral Hygiene Advice

Our team will provide personalized guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques, as well as recommendations for any necessary follow-up care.

Financing Professional Cleanings and Dental Exams

  • Insurance: At Desert Hills Dental Care, we accept a wide range of dental insurance plans to help make dental care more affordable. Our knowledgeable staff will work with you to maximize your insurance benefits and ensure a smooth billing process.
  • Cash, Credit, and Check: We understand that not everyone has dental insurance, which is why we also accept cash, credit card, and personal check payments for your convenience.
  • Third-Party Financing through CareCredit: For those who require more extensive treatment or prefer to pay over time, we offer third-party financing options through CareCredit. This allows you to break down the cost of your dental care into manageable monthly payments, making it easier to receive the care you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I get professional dental cleanings?
Will the dental cleaning be painful?
Do I need a dental exam if I don’t have any problems?
Are dental cleanings and exams covered by insurance?
How often should I get professional dental cleanings?

Most dental professionals recommend getting professional cleanings every six months for optimal oral health. However, the frequency of routine dental cleaning and exams may vary based on your individual needs and risk factors.

Will the dental cleaning be painful?

Professional cleanings should not cause any significant discomfort. General dentists use gentle techniques and can provide numbing agents if necessary to ensure your comfort throughout the process.

Do I need a dental exam if I don’t have any problems?

Yes, regular dental exams are essential for identifying potential issues early on, even if you’re not experiencing any symptoms. Early detection and treatment can prevent more serious dental problems from developing.

Are dental cleanings and exams covered by insurance?

Yes, most dental insurance plans cover professional cleanings and exams as part of their preventive care coverage. The frequency and extent of coverage can vary depending on the specific plan and provider. 

Many plans fully cover routine dental cleanings and exams every six months or annually. Check with your insurance provider to understand the details of your policy’s preventive dental coverage.

Achieve a Brilliant, Healthy Smile with Desert Hills Dental Care

Don’t let dental anxiety or financial concerns prevent you from achieving a healthier, more confident smile. At Desert Hills Dental Care, our compassionate Farmington dentists are dedicated to providing exceptional care that meets your unique needs. 

We invite residents of Kirtland, Spencerville, Bloomfield, and surrounding areas to experience the difference our practice can make. Contact us today at (505) 327-4863 to schedule your professional cleaning and dental exam, and take the first step towards a brighter, healthier future for your smile.