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Cleaning and Exams


Maintaining a regular checkup schedule is the first step toward maintaining good health for your teeth and gums. The Polk City family dentists at Cornerstone Dental Group offer a wide range of services to help you keep your mouth in healthy, ideal condition.

To learn more about how Polk City family dentists Dr. Ryan Hussong and Dr. Hussong can help you make your smile radiant and healthy, please call (515) 984-6001 today to schedule an appointment.



Though you should plan on visiting your dentist twice a year for a professional checkup and cleaning, there are general steps you can take to maintain good oral hygiene at home. Good practices to observe include:

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day (possibly more, depending on diet)

  • Floss daily

  • Eat a diet rich in calcium while avoiding lots of sugar

  • Maintain good overall health


When you visit Cornerstone Dental Group, you will generally meet with two members of our team: a hygienist and a family dentist. The hygienist will do an initial check of your gums and teeth before starting the cleaning, which often includes:​

  • Removing soft plaque and hard tartar from your teeth

  • Polishing teeth to remove deposits left by coffee, tea and other items that tend to stain

  • Education on proper brushing, flossing, and homecare techniques to maintain a healthy mouth


After your teeth are clean, the family dentist will evaluate the health of your entire mouth, as well as supporting structures. Usual steps of an examination include:

  • Checking the health of each tooth for signs of decay

  • Digital X-rays to check the mouth for oral health issues your dentist can’t see during the regular exam; our DIAGNOdent technology can check even deeper beneath the surface for signs of cavities

  • Ensuring restorative work, such as dental crowns and bridges, tooth colored fillings, and dental implants, remain secure and intact

  • Assessing your bite to make sure it’s properly aligned

  • Gently probing your gums for signs of tenderness, bleeding, or disease

  • Oral DNA saliva testing if signs of disease are present

After the exam, your family dentist can make treatment recommendations to help you and your loved ones advance and maintain your oral health.

If you live in or around Greater Des Moines, Ankeny, or Polk City, Iowa, or anywhere in Central Iowa, and would like to make an appointment with a skilled family dentist, please contact Cornerstone Dental Group by calling (515) 984-6001 or filling out our online form today.

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