Dental Cleaning in Salt Lake City, UT

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Dental Cleaning

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Routine dental cleanings are critical for your oral health, as well as your overall health and well-being. In fact, you can avoid serious oral health issues such as cavities, gum disease, and other dental issues that may result in tooth loss.

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What is Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleaning typically occurs during your dental checkups, which should occur at least once a year, preferably every 6 months. There are four types of dental cleanings:

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Prophylactic Dental Cleaning

"Prophylactic" means to prevent disease, so a prophylactic dental cleaning is used to clean healthy teeth to keep them from being affected by gum disease or tooth decay. During a prophylactic cleaning, plaque and tartar are removed from the front, sides, and back of teeth above the gumline using  polishing, floss, and using a mechanical or hand scaler. Many patients only need a prophylactic cleaning, especially if they are practicing appropriate dental hygiene and are visiting the dentist every 6 months for a checkup and cleaning.

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Scaling/Root Planing Cleaning

This type of cleaning is often referred to as deep cleaning and is used to clean your teeth and gum pockets to treat gingivitis and periodontitis. In the case of gingivitis, the cleaning can typically be done in one appointment. On the other hand, in the case of periodontitis, depending on the severity, you may require multiple appointments and even a local anesthetic.

Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the tooth and the gum pockets, which is the area below the gum line. If this plaque and tartar is not removed, gum disease could be a consequence.

This type of cleaning will not only remove the bacteria but will also reduce inflammation of the gums. Root planing smooths the tooth roots, allowing the gums to reattach to your teeth, eliminating gum pockets.

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Periodontal Maintenance Cleaning

This type of dental cleaning is also designed to treat gum disease. Just like the above type of cleaning, plaque and tartar is removed from the surface of the tooth and the gum pockets- and roots are smoothed as needed. The primary thing that makes this type of cleaning different is that it's typically done more often than other types of cleanings, and involves cleaning the pockets or areas between and under the gums attached to the teeth. Gum disease is a progressive problem that will only worsen if not treated properly.

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Gross Debridement Cleaning

This cleaning is used for patients who have significant plaque and tartar buildup. They are typically used for patients who have difficulty maintaining proper oral hygiene or have avoided visiting the dentist for a long time. Following gross debridement, scaling and root planing may be necessary. 

Over time, plaque hardens into tartar and significant tartar buildup is especially hard, so an electrical tool will be used to loosen it during this cleaning. Once the plaque and tartar buildup has been removed, we will perform a prophylactic cleaning to finish cleaning the teeth.

How do Regular Cleanings Help You?

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Prevents Gum Disease

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Removes stains and Brightens teeth 

Early Detection of dental issues

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Freshens Breath

Promotes Overall Health

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Early Detection of dental issues


Why Choose Legacy Dental for your Dental Cleanings

Our office is the first and only provider in the entire state of Utah to leverage AirFlow Guided BioFilm technology , which is a superior method for optimally cleaning our patients' teeth

Airflow Guided Biofilm Therapy for Cleanings
Airflow Guided Biofilm Therapy is a hygiene treatment that effectively removes stains on the front and back of teeth. The dental stain removal works by using a fine jet of compressed air, water and fine powder particles to gently deep clean the tooth surface above and below the gum line. The therapy removes staining caused by coffee, tea, red wine and tobacco.
Our team of hygienists is highly experienced and trained in the latest techniques for optimal patient care. They are all involved in local and national dental associations, with some of them serving as national trainers and educators for hygiene services around the country.

What you can expect while getting a Dental Cleaning

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The dental hygienist or dentist will begin by examining your teeth, gums, and overall oral health. They will use a small mirror and/or a dental probe to check for signs of gum disease, cavities, or other oral health issues.

Plaque and Tartar Removal

Using a small metal instrument called a scaler, the dental professional will carefully remove plaque and tartar from your teeth. They will target the areas around the gumline and between the teeth, where plaque and tartar tend to accumulate.

Tooth Polishing

After plaque and tartar removal, the dental professional will use a gritty toothpaste-like substance and a rotating brush or a high-powered electric brush to polish your teeth. This helps remove surface stains and leaves your teeth feeling smooth and clean.

Professional Flossing

The dental professional will floss between your teeth to remove any remaining plaque or debris. They may also demonstrate proper flossing technique and provide guidance on areas that require extra attention during your home oral hygiene routine.

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Fluoride Treatment (optional)

In some cases, a fluoride treatment may be applied to your teeth. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and provides additional protection against cavities. It is often administered as a gel, foam, or varnish that is applied to the teeth using a tray or brush.

Oral Health Education

Throughout the cleaning procedure, the dental professional may provide oral hygiene instructions, such as proper brushing and flossing techniques, recommendations for oral care products, and advice on maintaining good oral health habits.

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Examination by the Dentist

Once the cleaning is complete, the dentist may perform a final examination to review the hygienist's findings, evaluate any concerns, and discuss treatment options if necessary. They may also address any questions or concerns you have about your oral health.


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Mick RobertsMick Roberts
04:35 11 Jun 24
Dr. Westmoreland did an awesome job fixing my son's 2 broken teeth. You can't even tell they were broken. I highly recommend her and the staff!
00:51 09 Jun 24
Great service! Called them saying had mouth pain they got me in that day and even put me in the schedule for a cleaning!
Andy LarsenAndy Larsen
16:19 04 May 24
I’ve had a fairly intense dental phobia for most of my life, that combined with years of addiction and severe depression really took a toll on my mouth and on my smile. Years ago I started the process of getting dentures with a different dentist and I had such a bad experience that I never wanted to set foot in another dental office again. Then last year when my remaining teeth started to fail, I reached out to Legacy Dental after seeing an add. At my first appointment Dr. H and his staff immediately put me at ease, there was no judgment and it was clear that they knew what they were doing. Throughout the entire process they were professional and they were friendly, and they took really good care of me.Now here I am seven months later and I have my smile back, for the first time that I can remember I can smile confidently, and I can eat normally. And I owe it all to Legacy dental and the wonderful care that they provided.
Craig SandersCraig Sanders
13:42 19 Apr 24
Dr Campbell was recommended by my dentist in St Louis for being very good with gold restorations. I've been his patient now for 15 years and have appreciated his friendliness, clear communication, excellent dental work, and great staff. I strongly recommend him.
David PalaciosDavid Palacios
15:22 09 Apr 24
I really enjoyed my experience here. From the dental assistants, to the hygienist, to Dr. Campbell himself. They did a great job on my teeth cleaning/exam and I really appreciated that Dr. Campbell took the time to go over everything with me thoroughly. He also went through several options with me and explained each in detail for certain needs that I had. I have full confidence in his professional work and the care he provides. Looking forward to my next visit. 👏
chris jacksonchris jackson
03:40 07 Apr 24
Going to the dentist is usually very stressfull for me. I've always been very comfortable with legacy dental. They work with my hectic schedule and busy life. The dental work is excellent, Ive had a lot of dental work completed at Legacy Dental. I am never pressured to receive any treatment. I am extremely happy with the dental service at Legacy Dental. Dr. H is an excellent dentist.
Elsa PoolElsa Pool
14:55 21 Feb 24
Legacy Dental, especially Dr. Campbell and his staff make going to the dentist a pleasant experience. They always address my concerns and make me as comfortable as possible. I have had several procedures done here and happy with the results.. Wait time is very minimal, the office and exam rooms are always clean and tidy. I have gone here for many years and will continue to do so indefinitely.
Jozef OttowiczJozef Ottowicz
03:47 20 Dec 22
I visited Legacy Dental as a new patient today. My appointment was for teeth cleaning. I was treated from the first moment very professionally and warm.The entire visit was a very good experience. The service was excellent. I highly recommend Legacy Dental.Thanks, Jozef O.
Matthew FieldMatthew Field
20:00 28 Oct 22
Recently visited Legacy Dental with a dental emergency. The team got me in same day and the staff was both courteous and professional. The doctor quickly assessed the issue and took me through my options in detail. The staff then helped arrange a follow up meeting with a partner clinic to treat my issue before I left. Thank you so much Legacy team, a very memorable and positive experience.
23:36 20 Oct 22
If you are one of those individuals who are apprehensive about dental procedures like me, this is the best place for you because Dr. Behlke is an incredible Dentist. He replaced several of my old fillings with precision care and my teeth look beautiful. Another plus I really liked is how the office is professional and easy to find.
Lexiey MunsellLexiey Munsell
21:34 18 Oct 22
I went in for Wisdom tooth pain. They had a last minute cancel and I got in there, same day! Which I was extremely thankful for cuz of the intense pain I was experiencing. I was in and out of there, WITH them being able to do the extraction, and X-ray in less than an hour! They were awesome! And! It was a fraction of the cost of what other offices were charging for the procedure. Especially cuz I don’t have insurance. Amazing staff, excellent dentist! 100/100 for me.
Ashleigh AmesAshleigh Ames
00:10 05 Oct 22
I love Legacy! They are everything you need and more. I've needed emergency dental work on a few occasions and they have always gotten me in same day, within the hour most of the time. Every single staff including dentists have been sweet and positive, and have always made me feel comfortable. I avoided going to the dentist most of my life, I just wish I would have known about them sooner.
Folau LeotaFolau Leota
18:16 12 Aug 22
Love this Dental Clinic. My wife Tupu came in with a lot of pain, came out within 45 minutes. All done and good. Thank you Dr. Stewart and your assistant. Staff was very welcome. Appreciate and will be looking forward to more visits. Highly Recommended!
David NishDavid Nish
17:47 06 Aug 22
Been going to Dr John Campbell for 15+ years. I won’t see anyone else. Every visit has been with as much care and concern as the my first visit. He is thorough, super professional, and won’t settle for anything less than perfection. Thank you Dr Campbell!
Josh HarowitzJosh Harowitz
01:55 02 Aug 22
The work I'm getting done has just started but I've already been having such a great experience with Legacy Dental. Everyone there has been amazing to work with.I'll update my review when I finish my treatment.
Alissa LenzingerAlissa Lenzinger
22:51 07 Jun 22
Compared to my previous (money hungry) dentist, this place is like a golden palace of greatness! Everyone is friendly and accommodating, and they make sure you're comfortable throughout your visit whether it's a routine cleaning or a crown replacement (I had both). I definitely recommend Legacy Dental! Thank you!
destiny iviedestiny ivie
17:06 19 Mar 22
Been going here a year and a half now.Such a clean nice place.They get to know you and are super understanding.My life’s a mess and they have no problem with my schedule and my being late and having to cancel.I really appreciate the staff makes getting dental work nice
Alexis HowlandAlexis Howland
21:51 23 Nov 21
Staff is always super helpful and friendly. Been coming here since I was a kid and I’ve always had a positive experience.

How to reach us in and around Salt Lake City, Utah

Monday: 8.00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 8.00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 8.00am – 8:00pm
Thursday: 8.00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 8.00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 8.00am – 2:00pm
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