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Our dental hygienist will examine your teeth and gums and then remove any plague and tartar build up from both the surface of your teeth and in between your teeth. Once that is completed, our hygienist will polish your teeth with a gritty toothpaste followed by a professional flossing. The whole procedure can take between 30 to 60 minutes.


Dental x-rays are an important part of determining and maintaining your dental health. Generally dental x-rays are taken once a year. There is a small amount of radiation emitted so you will be covered with a shielded apron for your optimal protection. The process only takes about 10 minutes.


Our dentist after examining your x-rays and consulting with your hygienist and you, will thoroughly check your teeth and gums for any sign of decay or other dental concerns. If there are any suggested treatments, our dentist will go over every possible option and answer any of your questions. Normally an exam will take 20 to 30 minutes.

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Dental cleanings and checkups are foundational to good oral health. Combined with routine home oral care, they keep your smile healthy and bright. Most patients are recommended to have at least two dental checkups and professional cleanings each year to eliminate plaque and tartar buildup and catch any dental issues before they can become worse. Downriver Smiles offers professional dental cleanings and checkups at our state-of-the-art dental clinic in western Spokane, WA.

Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice each day is essential for keeping your smile healthy. But regardless of how often or thorough you are with your home oral care, it is easy to miss areas. The back teeth, especially, can be difficult to clean properly. Plus, if teeth are misaligned or close together, it may be almost impossible to clean them adequately with simple brushing and flossing.

This is why a bi-annual professional cleaning by our hygienist at Downriver Smiles is so essential. We can see and reach areas that are difficult to clean in your own mouth and use professional-grade equipment to clear away every vestige of plaque and tartar buildup. This keeps your teeth and gums healthy, preventing other oral health problems.

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Comprehensive Dental Exams

After your professional cleaning, our dentists perform a comprehensive dental exam to discover any developing problems. He examines your teeth, gums and oral tissue for signs of infection, decay or damage. Minor cracks in teeth may not present with symptoms, but they can allow bacteria inside the tooth to do worse damage. Caught early and repaired, this can keep you from experiencing pain and needing more extensive oral care.

Our dentists also monitor the development of your adolescent child’s teeth to ensure they are growing and coming in properly. Some early interventions can even keep your child from needing braces later on. If your teen does need braces, straightening the teeth early is much easier than waiting until the adult years.

Any oral issue caught early can save you money and time, as preventive care is always much more affordable than more extensive procedures to correct problems. Plus, most preventive care, including routine exams and cleanings, are covered by your dental insurance.

Keep Your Teeth Clean & Healthy in Spokane

Has it been more than six months since your last dental checkup and cleaning? Contact Downriver Smiles today, and schedule an appointment for you and your entire family. Our team has the advanced skills and tools to help keep your smiles bright and healthy for a lifetime. When you contact us, ask about help using your dental insurance coverage and other financing options.


Downriver Smiles
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Pat ShelleyPat Shelley
02:13 02 Dec 23
Thoroughly professional.
Cheryl LaneCheryl Lane
02:15 01 Dec 23
William BurgermyerWilliam Burgermyer
02:15 30 Nov 23
Very professional and caring people
Ted AkedTed Aked
02:59 29 Nov 23
Nice pleasant office, no pressure, friendly gentle cleaning! Thanks!
Michael DealMichael Deal
02:43 29 Nov 23
I really appreciated the detail explanation of the services. Truly welcoming.
Rachael PetersonRachael Peterson
01:53 19 Oct 23
Dr. Gaunt is the best! This is the first dentist that I have had a good experience with. I had a root canal done and was so nervous, they made me comfortable and had it done within an hour. I would definitely recommend Downriver smiles!
Vyrdi OVyrdi O
04:26 10 Oct 23
I had the worst dental anxiety before going to Dr. Gaunt years ago- to the point I let my teeth go until they were breaking, in need of numerous fillings, root canals, and extractions. Dr. Gaunt was by far the best dentist I have ever had; he explained everything in as much detail as I required, made me comfortable with any procedure and has won my and my family's business throughout the years with his excellent care and demeanor. Dr. Gaunt and all his wonderful staff are a joy to work with and I can guarantee our continued visits in the years to come for any work my family requires. Thank you Downriver Smiles staff!
Cinda SchusterCinda Schuster
16:04 28 Sep 23
Dr Gaunt is a great dentist. I have been seeing him for years he always does a great job. I always feel confident in his care.The staff at Downriver Smiles Dentistry is always helpful & kind.
Lori AspenleiterLori Aspenleiter
04:40 12 Sep 23
Dr Guant is a great Dentist! He is very friendly, professional, thorough, compassionate and never ever rushes. He answers any of your questions or concerns! He spends extra time and does outstanding work! The office staff is very friendly and accommodating! Highly recommend Downriver Smiles!
Patty McGinnisPatty McGinnis
01:17 07 Sep 23
The employees at Shadle Smiles are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!
  • The employees at Shadle Smiles [Downriver] are so friendly and make sure you understand your procedures and cost before work is done. Dr Harding was my dentist and listened to my concerns about work to be done. He only does what work really needs to be done and what can wait. Love this place!

    Patty M.
  • Best dentist in Spokane! Don’t look any further! I chipped my front tooth and they got me in the next day! Left with a beautiful smile and my wallet still intact! I wasn’t an existing patient, but I am now! Awesome environment and extremely friendly staff! 10/10 hands down would recommend!

    Cortney G.
  • Downriver Smiles is amazing! They provide the kind of experience that we all hope for when going to the dentist. Everyone there is caring and takes all the time needed to make sure you are comfortable and that your questions are answered. Dr. Harding is wonderful! I would never want to go anywhere else.

    Chris B.
  • Dr. Harding is gentle and thorough in his care. He always explains what he is doing and why. Great office staff, too.

    Sheri D.


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