Cleaning & Prevention

Exams, Cleaning, X-Rays, & Sealants

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Digital X-Rays

While traditional X-rays are considered safe, digital X-rays produce 80% less radiation than traditional. 

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. It is usually used after a dental cleaning to help prevent cavities. It is best supported with brushing and flossing at home. 

Home Care Tips

There are countless things you can do at home to care for your teeth to ensure a healthy smile and avoid diseases that cause bad breath.

Exams & Cleanings

We often schedule teeth cleaning together with your dental exam so you can save time and money and make the most of your dental visit with Riar Dental Arts. 

Brushing & Flossing

It is important to brush your teeth and flossing to prevent gum disease. Refusal to brush one’s teeth for several days can lead to the onset of gum disease.


Dental sealants are thin coatings that when painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) can prevent cavities (tooth decay) for many years.

Exams & Cleanings

In a dental exam, your dentist or dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth.

In a dental cleaning, the dentist will carefully look at your teeth, mouth and throat to identify any problems, such as cavities, gum disease, loose fillings and oral cancer.

If you are receiving a cleaning and exam during the same appointment, the cleaning usually happens first.

Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs can alert your dentist to changes in your hard and soft tissues. In children, x-rays allow the dentist to see how their teeth and jawbones are developing. Dental x-rays can help your dentist identify diseases and developmental problems before they become serious health issues.

How Often Do I Need A Dental Cleaning?


The American Dental Association recommends getting a cleaning and exam every six months, which is why most dental plans cover two exams and two cleanings a year.

If you’re at high risk, however, you may need more frequent exams and cleanings. Risk factors include the following:

  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Weak Immune System
  • Cavity-Prone
  • Pregnancy
  • Gum Disease

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