Your regular dental cleaning may seem unnecessary, but even if your teeth still look white and straight and healthy, hidden plaque and tartar below the gum line and in tooth crevices can cause decay. Keeping your dental appointments with our dental office is a great step toward staying on top of your dental care and avoiding future issues.

Your appointment should be relatively easy if you have been following a regular oral hygiene program. When you arrive for your appointment, we’ll usually do your preventive exam before proceeding to your preventive dental cleaning.

  • Dental cleaning focuses on getting every surface of every tooth clean. We will remove plaque and tartar, and scrub each tooth gently until it is bright and sparkling.
  • Fluoride treatments can be applied after cleaning to help protect your teeth. We’ll also verify that you’re getting enough fluoride at home.
  • Dental sealants can be applied to the chewing surfaces of both baby and adult teeth. Sealants aren’t a replacement for brushing and flossing, but they can reduce the chance of cavities starting in the crevices of your molars.
  • We’ll demonstrate how to brush and floss effectively, focusing on the teeth or surfaces that appear to have been neglected since your last appointment.
  • Periodontal scaling may be done below the gum line if there are signs of buildup that can lead to gum disease. This helps to remove excess plaque and tartar and reduce the chance of gingival pockets around your teeth.

After cleaning, one of our doctors will let you know if there are any other findings indicating more dental work needs to be done, and will discuss your options with you. If your teeth, gums, and bite are all in good order, you’ll simply make your next appointment before you leave.

Has it been too long since your last cleaning? Call our office or use this form to request an appointment with Kirkland Cornerstone Dental.


Regular cleanings are the best way to address areas you can’t reach on your own. Schedule a visit today!

7311 Northeast 141st Street
Suite 2
Kirkland, WA 98034-9703
Phone: (425) 823-4343