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Scarborough Oral Hygiene/Cleaning

Regular hygiene visits help keep your teeth and gums healthy

Daily brushing and flossing is critical to maintaining healthy teeth and gums, but it doesn’t take care of everything! It’s very important to come into Markham Eglinton Dental Centre for regular hygiene visits. These appointments provide your teeth and gums with a thorough cleaning, inspection, and preventative maintenance.

Scarborough Oral Hygiene / Cleaning appointment

During these appointments, we will "scale" your teeth -- removing tartar build-up -- and polish the surface -- removing minor stains. You may also receive a fluoride treatment to help fight decay. These visits also provide an opportunity for us to tell you if you are brushing and flossing correctly, and examine your teeth and gums for potential problems.

If your teeth require restorative work, it's important to find out as soon as possible in order to prevent the decay from spreading. It's also important to have your gums inspected, because periodontal disease (gum disease) can lead to serious health problems -- including heart attacks. Regular hygiene visits our team to spot problems and take action immediately -- preventing the issues from getting worse.

Contact Markham Eglinton Dental Centre today to schedule a hygiene visit or learn more about our oral care program.

Watch the videos below to learn more about oral hygiene:

Brushing Preventative Brushing Flossing Preventative Flossing

FAQs -- Click to reveal the answers to oral hygiene questions

Q: How often should I come in to Markham Eglinton Dental Centre for a hygiene visit?

A: It is recommended that you visit us at least twice per year for a hygiene visit. This allows us to monitor the state of your teeth as gums, as well as provide a thorough cleaning.

Q: I thought fluoride was just for kids. Do adults need fluoride treatments?

A: Fluoride is one of the minerals that builds up the enamel of your teeth, keeping them strong and helping to prevent tooth decay. It is a natural element -- found in meat, fish and eggs -- and is often added to municipal water sources.

Children are given fluoride treatments to protect their still-developing teeth, but the treatments are beneficial to adult teeth, as well.

Talk to your hygienist at your next visit about the benefits of fluoride, and the different varieties available.

Q: Does my dental insurance cover hygiene visits? How many per year?

A: Most insurance plans do cover hygiene visits, but different plans cover different numbers of annual visits. We would be happy to help you understand what your plan covers. Please ask us at your next appointment.