What Can I Expect During a Routine Dental Cleaning?

Every six months, patients of all ages are encouraged to visit their dentist to a dental examination and a dental cleaning. However, some patients wonder how important it is to make these appointments and attend them. Drs. Gary and Ashley McDowell of Abington, PA stress how vital these visits for a proactive stance towards dental care.

What can I expect during my appointment?

When patients schedule an appointment at McDowell Dental Group for an evaluation and cleaning, they will arrive at our office and start on paperwork that discusses your dental health and dental needs. It may also ask questions about your overall health and any hereditary concerns that may exist within your family. Once the patient is checked in, our team will invite you back to one of our dental chairs for your examination. Our dental hygienist may also take a series of x-rays of  your smile before leading you to the chair for your cleaning.

Dental cleanings are done quickly and easily by our trained and experienced staff. During the cleaning, patients can relax as we use our specialized instruments to remove plaque, tartar, and calculus from the surfaces of the teeth. At the same time, our hygienists are evaluating the smile and examining the rest of the mouth, including the soft tissues, to look for any signs of problems such as tooth decay or periodontal disease. If there are concerns, our hygienist will bring it to the attention of our dental providers for further evaluation.

Dental cleanings are simple, comfortable, and are a great way for patients to take proactive care of their smile to avoid future problems. These visits should be done every six months, as advised by the American Dental Association, to improve oral health and to reduce the risk of periodontal disease and tooth decay when paired with a proper dental regimen at home.

Schedule your visit today!

At McDowell Dental Group in Abington, PA, Drs. Gary and Ashley McDowell can provide quality care for patients interested in preventative dentistry. If you reside in the community and are considering the advantages of working with a dedicated team of professionals to achieve and maintain oral health, call the office at (215) 885-0555 today. The practice is located at 1047 Old York Road.

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Yes! After our long tenured residence at the Tempenns building, McDowell Dental Group will be relocating. In addition to the move we are changing our name to McDowell Dental & Aesthetics. Don’t worry, even though there are a lot of changes happening we are still committed to providing our patients with the same valued care we always have. Lead by Dr. Ashley McDowell the office will bring additional focus to cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics along with all general dentistry services. Dr. Ashley has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a state of the art practice utilizing the best equipment and latest technologies. We are so excited for everyone to see and enjoy our new office.


Starting Monday, November 20th we will be seeing patients at:

1077 Rydal Road
Suite 300
Rydal, PA 19046


It is located just a short distance from our current office. The building has a spacious parking lot and an elevator for ease of travel. We look forward to seeing everyone at our new location!

McDowell Dental & Aesthetics Team