Dental Exams and Teeth Cleaning
for the Whole Family

Dental checkups and teeth cleanings are the best preventive dental care for you and your family. The American Dental Association recommends routine dental checkups with your dentist every six months. Good oral hygiene habits at home, like brushing and flossing, are a great start to protecting your teeth and oral health. However, a through teeth cleaning from a dental hygienist and exam form your dentist ensures that your beautiful smile is in perfect condition.
“Great service here. The team is very professional, and informative. Very friendly and caring. Strongly recommend them.”
David C., Yuma, AZ
patient receiving a dental exam


Maintaining a Regular Dental Exam and Teeth Cleaning schedule provides you with many benefits to your Oral Health, including:

  • Prevent Tooth Decay
  • Prevent Plaque and Tartar Build Up
  • Prevent Chronic Bad Breath (Halitosis)
  • Prevent Tooth Staining
  • Prevent Receding Gums (Gingivitis / Periodontitis)
  • Screening for Oral Cancer


Your routine dental exam and teeth cleaning appointment can vary depending on your dental history. If you are coming in to our dentist office for your first appointment, our office staff will start by gathering important patient information such as your dental insurance and health care history. This will include learning about previous health issues, dental procedures, medications you currently take and other vital information.

Dental patient getting a cleaning
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For all our first-time patients, and for our existing patients who need them, your appointment with begin with one of our Dental Assistants taking digital x-rays. Dr. McDonald or one of experienced dentist will examine the x-rays for signs of tooth decay, tumors, cysts, bone loss, and determine the current positions of the individual teeth and roots.

After reviewing the x-rays, Dr. McDonald or a experience dental staff member will begin your dental exam. During this exam the following evaluations and examination will be made:

  • Evaluation of all tooth surfaces – Teeth are checked for signs of decay or cavities and plaque or tartar buildup. The dentist will also check for signs of teeth grinding and stress for clenching your jaw.
  • Exam of any existing Dental Restorations – Review of any current fillings, dental crowns, caps, and bridges.
  • Gum Disease Evaluation – The gums and jawbone levels around the teeth are checked for signs Periodontal Disease like Gingivitis.
  • Screening for Oral Cancer – Exam of your face, lips, tongue, tissues and gums for and potential warning signs of Oral Cancer.

Following your exam, a member of our friendly dental staff will review the results of your oral health with you. He will discuss any potential treatment plans if he finds any potential health risks. This is also your opportunity to ask your dentist any questions about your exam or recommended treatment options.

The next step in your dental appointment is a through and professional teeth cleaning by one of our Registered Dental Assistants. During dental cleanings the RDA will do the following:

  • Use special dental instruments like ultrasonic scalers or hand instruments to remove tarter, also referred to as calculus, and plaque from your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film made from living bacteria, food debris and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that can cause the gums to become inflamed and infected. Gum inflammation can signal the start of periodontal disease. Tartar is a form of plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface. Tartar can form above and above the gum line.
  • Your RDA will then use a special dental instrument to polish the teeth. Polishing the teeth helps to remove stains and plaque that regular toothbrushing cannot.
  • Depending on your age and dental history, a fluoride treatment may be applied to your teeth to help strengthen them from within to help prevent tooth decay.

What Patients Say About Their Dental Experience at Harvest Dental

“I consider my self an anit-dentite but….. This place is phenomenal. From the front desk to the employees in the back this place is kind, caring and gentle.” – Odins F. Yuma, AZ

“Dr. McDonald and her staff at Harvest Dental are amazing. I came in for a consultation after seeing them at a health fair for work, one visit is all it took for me to switch to her as my new dentist.” – Andrea R. Yuma, AZ


Do your children like candy? Tooth decay can present a problem for children as well as adults. You can prevent significant tooth decay between exams by having a sealant applied. This sealant is a thin film painted over the grooves in your tooth to protect and extend the life of your tooth. It can last up to 10 years. Over time, the roots of older teeth over time become exposed, making them susceptible to tooth decay. Effectively fight against the decay and decline of your teeth with fluoride.

Restore your confidence and end bad breath for good! Schedule an appointment today!


Oral Cancer Screenings are one of the best defenses your dentist can provide to protect your health and wellness. Symptoms may not be obvious in its initial stages, allowing the disease to spread to other parts of your body before noticing a lump or sore in your mouth. Regular screenings performed during your dental visits can aid in early detection, greatly improving your chances of successful treatment and survival.

Protect your health by scheduling a Dental Exam and Oral Cancer Screening today!

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