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Dental Check-ups & Exams

Regular visits to the dentist keep your teeth healthy and happy.

Your wellness always comes first

Dental examinations, also known as checkups when done regularly, enable us to diagnose dental concerns. They are done in conjunction with x-rays, photos, and other oral tests to detect disease like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer.

We aim for a safe and comfortable atmosphere at Lewis Estates Dental Centre so that our patients will always feel welcomed and confident that they are in experienced and caring hands with Dr. Bains and the team.

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How often should you have a dental check-up?

How often you will need a dental check-up will depend on age and the consistency and efficacy of your oral care routine. We recommend that children under 12 see a dentist every six months.

Young children are developing the dexterity and attention to be effective at both brushing and flossing. Your dental team plays a role in teaching your child proper oral care techniques and in reinforcing their success while refining their skills to improve areas of deficiency. Our team of hygienists are also great with making kids feel at ease while providing positive encouragement and guidance.

We recommend that adults book oral recare appointments that are consistent with their state of disease. Patients who are especially effective with their homecare from a frequency and technique standpoint are likely to form less deposit, and have generally healthier tissues. They would require less professional support with their oral care. Other factors, such as less effective oral homecare, a history of oral, chronic health problems, and a limited dexterity and disease increase the likelihood of need for more frequent visits.

Our clinic offers select Saturday appointments to facilitate booking for individuals and families requiring those high demand times.

Lewis Estates Dental Centre uses enhanced cleaning procedures and safety protocols to mitigate SARS-Cov-2 as much as we can to keep our patients safe. Even during this time, it is still incredibly important to stay on top of your oral health.

How your dental recare works

Dental recare is the process of returning for an evaluation of your state of oral health in conjunction with long-term maintenance dental hygiene therapy. It involves two major components: Your oral examination and dental hygiene therapy.

During your appointment, we will conduct an assessment of your teeth, jaws, and gums, remove biofilm, the growth of bacteria and plaque deposit on your teeth, and tartar from your teeth, and may conduct x-rays of your teeth jaws. You can expect changes to your oral health routine, depending on what you report to us and what we see during our assessment.


Deep teeth cleaning

A thorough teeth cleaning is an essential part of your recare. We will conduct a deep cleaning of your teeth and their root surfaces by scaling to remove biofilm, bacterial toxins, debris, plaque, and tartar. Then, we will polish them and apply topical fluoride to prevent cavities.


Dental X-rays

Dr. Bains may recommend taking an X-ray of your jaws and teeth on a case-by-case basis for our patients. Dental X-rays provide essential information in the evaluation of teeth and dental problems. They are only taken if necessary for proper diagnosis. Additional information on dental X-rays can be found on this Canadian Dental Association PDF.


Results & recommendations

In order to provide you with optimal oral health recommendations specific to your needs, we will take the collected data and the recommendations from both Dr. Bains and your dental hygienist to provide a plan for you. We will assist you in understanding your needs and the recommended treatment. A thorough and prioritized treatment plan will be presented to you.

Our team will also help you in understanding how your benefits will support your care and help you in arranging your future appointments. If you need fillings or crowns, tooth replacement or implants, root canals or extractions, or halitosis treatment, we can help you get the dental care you need.


Future appointments

As your partner in good oral care, we want to make unexpected dental emergencies a matter of the past. Regular supportive care achieved with proper recare will help. We will book your next appointments with you in advance, to ensure that you can be seen at a time that is convenient to you, and provide you the convenience of text and email reminders. We also provide our patients with the ability to schedule appointments online. Consultations via teledentistry are also available.

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