Dental Cleaning and Checkups in Port Coquitlam

Professional dental cleaning is the best way to make sure you maintain a healthy smile. With regular dental cleanings and checkups, you prevent tartar and plaque buildup. Tartar and plaque buildup can result in tooth decay and gum disease. Regular visits for cleanings and checkups can prevent or eradicate oral health problems and even issues elsewhere in your body.

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Benefits of Dental Cleaning and Checkups

  • Prevents cavities
  • Regular checkups and cleanings can prevent gum disease
  • Keeps gums healthy
  • Freshens breath
  • Whitens teeth
  • Reduces the effects of sensitive teeth

What is a Professional Dental Cleaning?

  • Physical dental exam
  • Removal of plaque and tartar
  • Tooth polishing
  • Flossing your teeth and checking for areas of the gum that may bleed
  • Rinsing to get rid of any debris left behind
  • Fluoride Treatment

Physical Exam

The first step is a thorough physical examination of the entire mouth. In this step, the hygienist checks the teeth and gums for any inflamed gums, tooth decay, or other dental issues. If the dentist detects significant cavities or tartar buildup, they will discuss potential treatments before cleaning.

Removal of Plaque and Tartar Buildup

At this point, your dental hygienist will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar buildup. Dental plaque is a sticky film-coated around teeth and contains bacteria. Plaque and tartar are the leading causes of dental damage and decay.

Tooth Polishing

Next, a high-powered electric toothbrush Is used to clean your teeth. The high-powered brush is the best way to get a deep clean and remove any tartar missed by the scaler.


The next step is to floss your teeth to remove the remaining plaque and tartar. In addition, the hygienist is also checking for bleeding gums. Together with a dental cleaning and flossing once a day, you can also prevent gums from bleeding.


Now it is time to rinse your mouth to thoroughly remove any debris left behind.

Fluoride Treatment

Your dentist or the dental hygienist will perform a fluoride treatment as the final step. There are two types of fluoride available to prevent or reduce caries: neutral sodium fluoride gels, foams, and varnish and acidulated phosphate fluoride gels and foams.

Types of Dental Cleanings

Prophylaxis Cleaning
Prophylaxis cleaning is routine cleaning for healthy patients who need regular maintenance to ensure oral health.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is deep cleaning for patients at a high risk of developing gum disease or patients who have already developed gum disease.
Gross Debridement
A gross debridement removes plaque and tartar embedded in and around the gums and between the teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my appointment take?
Your appointment will usually last around 30-60 minutes. However, time may vary depending on your oral hygiene and any additional tests you may require.
Does Teeth Cleaning Hurt?
Your usually scheduled dental cleaning should not cause you pain. However, there can be complicating factors. For example, inflammation in the gums, tooth decay, and other symptoms of oral disease can lead to increased sensitivity.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
We suggest at least two general hygiene appointments annually.
Will my insurance cover my treatment?
The majority of insurance companies cover most of our services. For a more detailed estimate of your coverage, please contact your service provider. Feel free to call us anytime at 604-464-4131 for more information regarding insurance coverage.

Schedule A Professional Dental Cleaning and Checkups

We are proud to provide residents who have recently relocated to the Port Coquitlam area as well as those individuals who are simply searching for a new dentist. Encore Dental is a Port Coquitlam dentist dedicated to practicing modern dentistry in a caring environment.

We proudly service patients from Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, and other surrounding areas!

Encore Dental Address:

2663 Shaughnessy St.
Port Coquitlam, BC, V3C3G7
Call Us: 604-464-4131
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