Sky Dental - Thunder Bay

Teeth Cleanings in Thunder Bay

Routine checkups and cleanings are essential for warding off gum disease and tooth decay. To avoid the sudden onset of dental pain and unexpected costs, schedule your cleaning and checkup every 6 to 8 months.
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Take Care Of Your Teeth And Gums

Undergoing regular teeth cleaning and checkups stands as one of the most vital actions you can take to safeguard your oral health, encompassing not only your teeth but also your gums and the entirety of your mouth—both internally and externally. This thorough cleaning process eliminates plaque, tartar, and the bacteria responsible for decay, gum disease, and persistent bad breath. Unlike routine brushing and flossing at home, a hygienist can access hard-to-reach areas. This comprehensive cleaning and examination provide the hygienist and dentist with an ideal opportunity to monitor your oral health, identifying and addressing issues before they escalate into painful and costly problems.

Furthermore, regular teeth cleaning can naturally enhance the whiteness and brightness of your teeth, negating the need for bleaching treatments. It achieves this by:

  • Eliminating plaque, a sticky substance housing enamel-damaging bacteria.
  • Removing tartar buildup, which is hardened plaque that could lead to gum disease.
  • Eliminating stains from coffee, tea, or other substances on your teeth.
  • Checking for indicators such as receding gums, chipped or fractured teeth, and other signs of potential diseases and conditions.

What Happens During A Teeth Cleaning?

Gum Health

Undoubtedly crucial, yet often underestimated. Your gums provide essential support to your teeth and frame your smile. During our examination, we’ll meticulously assess your tongue, gums, teeth, and all other areas of your mouth, paying special attention to the gum line. Our goal is to ensure that your entire mouth is in optimal health, free from any signs of inflammation or impending gum disease. Rest assured, we won’t be too tough on you regarding your flossing habits.

Plaque & Tartar Removal

Plaque, a soft and sticky film that accumulates on your teeth, is the initial culprit. Without regular and thorough brushing, flossing, and professional intervention, it can solidify into tenacious tartar deposits. Tartar, typically darker in color, tends to lurk in hard-to-reach places like the gumline. Fortunately, our skilled hygienists possess the tools and expertise to delicately remove adhered plaque and tartar from these challenging spots. Once we’ve cleared away these obstacles, we can finally polish your teeth, eliminating stains and leaving them brilliantly gleaming.

Dentist Exam

Following the thorough cleaning, it’s the ideal moment for a dentist to inspect your teeth. Your dentist will review your chart and X-rays, focusing on any problematic areas or recurring patterns. Depending on their findings, the dentist may recommend additional treatments or provide guidance on how to mitigate or reverse tooth decay, inflammation, or gum disease. We’re here to address any questions you may have and to listen to any discomfort, sensitivity, or dental pain you’ve encountered.

Cost Of Teeth Cleaning In Thunder Bay

Routine checkups and cleanings are such a great way to prevent and avoid dental problems that most insurance companies will nearly completely cover them on a routine basis. Usually every 6 months. If you are without dental insurance, you can expect to pay anywhere from $120 to $300 and up, especially if it’s your first visit or first cleaning in a long time.

When we determine the actual cost of your treatment we refer to a few important factors:
  • Your current oral health.
  • Whether or not any new x-rays are required.
  • The amount of time required by the dental team to meet your specific needs.
  • The equipment and supplies that will be needed to serve all your needs.

These routine appointments are very important to us, as we see them as the most effective way to prevent more invasive treatments, prevent serious dental pain and keep you as happy and healthy as possible.

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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

We would normally recommend coming in every 6 months to get your teeth cleaned and have a checkup. However, the dentist may recommend more frequent visits if you have a specific need or we may book appointments further out if absolutely necessary for insurance or cost reasons.
Don’t wait! If you have any pain or discomfort in your mouth, call us right away! Cleanings are a good opportunity to prevent problems but are certainly not the only time to talk about them. Even if your problem seems minor, let us know now so we can fix it while it’s still minor.
Absolutely. Checkups are for your whole mouth. Gums, tongue, bones and all. If you wear dentures we still want to see you to ensure your dentures are in good shape and fit correctly and to examine the rest of your mouth and oral health.
Most dental cleanings last between 30 minutes to an hour on average, and are performed in a lying position in a comfortable dental chair.
Choose tartar-control toothpaste with fluoride. No matter how good you are with a toothbrush, dental floss is the only way to remove plaque between your teeth and keep tartar out of these hard-to-reach areas. Rinse daily. Use an antiseptic mouthwash daily to help kill bacteria that cause plaque.
With a regular dental cleaning, you can go ahead and eat after the cleaning, try to avoid food or drinks that are acidic or abrasive. However, if you received a fluoride treatment during your cleaning, you should wait at least 30 minutes before eating anything.
Continuing to brush and floss your teeth after they have been cleaned is the best way to maintain the work your dentist has done.

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