Dental Exams and Cleanings in San Diego

A dental exam and cleaning is an essential part of maintaining proper oral hygiene. No matter how diligently you brush and floss, there is no replacement for an exam and cleaning. Not only will you leave with your teeth and gums clean and fresh, the exam can also uncover issues and problems before you even feel the symptoms. The key to having a healthy mouth with beautiful teeth is dental exams and cleanings, so schedule one at University Dental in San Diego today.

New Patient Dental Exam $99 including X-rays. Dental exam and a session with registered dental hygienist for cleaning. Call now!

What to Expect During a Dental Exam

The purpose of a regular dental visit is to ensure that you are in good oral health. Dentists use dental exams to check for any dental problems that may have developed since the patient’s last visit. During the exam, your dentist or dental hygienist will:

  • Assess your brushing and flossing habits
  • Look for signs of tooth decay
  • Check for warning signs of gum disease
  • Check for potential issues with the bite or jaw problems
  • Check for teeth in need of restoration or replacement
  • Screen for signs of oral cancer

Detecting and treating tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues at an early stage can help prevent more serious dental complications in the future.

What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning


A professional dental cleaning is an essential part of routine dental visits. It is common for most people to brush and floss their teeth regularly, but there are still some hard-to-reach areas around the teeth that remain unclean. Plaque that accumulates in these spaces can cause tooth discoloration, bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. The dental hygienist has a better view and specialized tools that make it possible to find and clean those hard-to-reach areas before dental issues arise. Depending on the needs of the patient, a dental cleaning may include any combination of the following:


  • Tooth scaling involves scraping tartar from the surface of your teeth. 
  • Flossing the teeth removes food particles and plaque from between the teeth.
  • Polishing the teeth helps to remove plaque from their surface. It’s also an effective way to remove stains and give them a smooth surface so plaque won’t adhere to them. 
  • Fluoride treatment will help strengthen your tooth enamel and protect against cavities. This is typically only done if your toothpaste or your drinking water does not include fluoride. 
  • Root planing and scaling are two deep cleaning procedures that remove plaque and tartar below the gumline and smooth out the tooth roots to help the gums reattach. These are typically done when the patient has developed gum disease and pockets have formed in the gums, allowing plaque to hide below the gum line.


Your oral health plays an important role in your overall health.  At University Dental, we’re committed to helping you optimize your oral so you can maximize your quality of life.  

If you are in need of a dental exam and cleaning, come to University Dental. Our friendly and supportive team will give you the respect and attention you deserve and answer any and all questions you may have. Give us a call at (619) 582-4224 to schedule an appointment today.

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    University Dental Family Dentistry and Orthodontics is the best dental office in San Diego, providing superior service to our patients for years. If you are in need of a dental exam and cleaning, come to University Dental. 


    Dr. Armin Hage – Professional Training & Associations

    American Dental Association
    California Dental Association
    San Diego County Dental Society
    International Academy Of Dental Implantology 


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