Dr. Meghan Darby
A Great Dentist

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Cleanings & Exams

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At Flint River Dental, we love hearing your questions! It means that you're invested in learning everything you need to know to make informed decisions about your dental care, and we're happy to help! Every time you ask a question it also helps us learn what your concerns are and what's important to you.

We've gathered a few of the questions our patients ask most often. But if you don't find the answer you're looking for, please don't hesitate to give us a call. We're here to help!

Cleanings & Exams

We understand the impact that insurance and finances can have on the decisions you make about your family's oral health care. At Flint River Dental, we will work with you to make sure you get the maximum benefits to which you're entitled.

We are currently in network with the following plans, but we are happy to file all insurance claims as a courtesy to our patients.


Blue Cross/Blue Shield Alabama





If you have any questions or don't see your insurance listed here, please feel free to give us a call!


Yes, Dr. Darby always perform a thorough oral cancer screening of your entire mouth during regular checkups. The exam includes your teeth, gum tissues, jaw joints, and the bone structure around your teeth. This is an extremely important part of your routine oral health care because regular oral cancer screenings at our Huntsville dental office can help us detect the disease in its early stages, potentially saving a life.

Studies by the Oral Cancer Foundation indicate that nearly 50,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed in America each year. Unfortunately, the mortality rate associated with oral cancer is high. This is due to the fact that the cancer is often not discovered until it has progressed to the more advanced stages. With early detection, however, oral cancer is highly treatable.

Our oral cancer screenings take just a few minutes and are nothing to worry about. We will examine your teeth, lips, and gums for any signs of abnormalities. For instance, what looks like a normal white spot to you might be recognized by your dentist as precancerous. Please contact our Huntsville dental office and we'll be happy to arrange an exam and cleaning that includes an oral cancer screening. 

At Flint River Dental, we take prevention very seriously. Routine exams and cleanings are preventive services we provide that are essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.

The American Dental Association recommends scheduling exams and cleanings twice a year. Patients with a history of oral health problems or periodontal disease may require more frequent cleanings. When we see you every six months, we have the best chance of preventing decay and gum disease from doing serious damage to your smile.

During your routine exams, we’ll perform a thorough visual exam and note any changes we see since your last visit. If necessary, we’ll take digital x-rays to identify problems deep within your teeth. We use digital x-rays because they’re more efficient and, most importantly, expose you to significantly less radiation than traditional film x-rays.

Professional cleanings are another essential preventive service that work with your at-home oral hygiene efforts to keep your teeth and gums healthy. During your cleaning, our hygienist removes the plaque and tartar that sit on your teeth and cause periodontal disease. We will treat any signs of infection and recommend a treatment plan to prevent it from reoccurring.

Without any doubt, staying current with exams and cleanings is the most important thing you can do to ensure a healthy smile. If it’s time for your next cleaning, please call our Huntsville dental office and we’ll be happy to schedule a convenient appointment.

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