Regular Dental Checkups

Prevention is the key to longer and better health

We keep saying how important it is to come for regular checkups at least twice a year and you might wonder why.

What exactly happens during a regular checkup?

We want you to come in for regular checkups because it’s the best way to prevent major dental problems like tooth decay, losing teeth, oral cancer, gum disease and other complicated problems.

It’s always easier and cheaper to solve minor problems than face a major one and have to deal not only with the problem itself, but all the consequences that comes with it.

We want you to be happy and healthy and enjoy your life.

A short visit to the dentist from time to time will save you both time and money because you will spend less time to the dentist and you will need to pay for fewer dental treatments.

Here are the most common dental procedures we do during your regular checkup:

Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs):

Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.

Oral cancer screening:

Checking the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums for any signs of oral cancer.

Gum disease evaluation:

Checking the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.

Examination of tooth decay:

All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.

Examination of existing restorations:

Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

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Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists.

Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

Removal of calculus (tartar):

Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface.

Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.

Removal of plaque:

Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth.

It's a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris and saliva.

The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums.

This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!

Teeth polishing:

Removing stains and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.

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Still have more questions?

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At Eastport Dental Centre, in NE Calgary we care for your general and oral health. A visit to our office will help us identify any dental problems you have and find the best solutions for you. We’ll answer all your questions about splints or night guards, or any other questions you have. Book an appointment now!