Proper dental care is an important part of healthy living. Good oral hygiene (brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and avoiding sugary foods and drinks) plays a large part in maintaining dental health, but regular dental checkups are also important.

A dental check-up is a once-or-twice yearly procedure designed to detect tooth decay and assess all dental problems before they become emergencies. The check-up has two parts: a scaling and dental prophylaxis performed by a dental hygienist and an exam performed by a dentist.

If the exam reveals any problems, such as cavities, further dental treatment may be required. Usually, these treatments are performed by the dentist doing the exam.

The dental hygienist will:

● Update your medical and dental history. Take prescribed dental radiographs.
● Assess the condition of your teeth and gums and discuss your oral health concerns.
● Scale the teeth and remove tartar, stains, polish the teeth and do a fluoride remineralisation treatment.
● Provide a dental hygiene treatment plan that considers disease prevention to achieve optimal health.
● Assist you in ways to maintain your oral health.
● Explain how dental hygiene care can help maintain a healthy mouth and body.


What to expect from dental hygiene care:

You can expect to receive quality preventive oral hygiene care from a health professional who is registered with the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO).