Frequently asked questions

Do I really need to have my teeth professionally cleaned?

Yes. Even if you brush and floss after every meal and before bed, bacteria-harbouring plaque can accumulate in the tiniest crevices, grooves and pits. Overtime, the teeth will begin to decay in those areas, which may result in pain and partial or total tooth loss.

What should I expect at my examination and cleaning consultation?

It will consist of a visible examination of the teeth and gums. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, you may also require x-rays for a more comprehensive view of your teeth. You’ll also consult with your dentist about any oral health problems you may have been having or questions that you may have.


Preventive care is the foundation of dentistry. It is recommended that you visit your dentist regularly, usually about twice yearly – for full cleanings, examinations, and consultations for potential treatment. Professional dental cleanings help remove built-up plaque that is not removable using conventional brushing and flossing.

Often, dentists are also capable of identifying potential problems that patients are not yet able to see or feel. When you maintain regular preventive dental appointments, you can avoid decay and gum disease, as well as identify the beginnings of oral health problems before they become severe.

The cleaning will follow, during which the dentist will use special instruments to remove hardened plaque from your teeth. Finally, your teeth will be polished followed by Fluoride application. Next your dentist will discuss any treatment recommendations he or she may have for you followed by oral hygiene and brushing instructions.

What types of guidelines should I follow after my visit?

In between dental cleanings and consultations, be sure to maintain good oral habits at home. This includes daily flossing and brushing after meals. It’s also important to drink fluoridated water and use fluoridated toothpaste. This will help maintain your healthy and beautiful smile!

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