What You Can Expect from a Dental Checkup

What You Can Expect from a Dental Checkup

If you’re not sure what to make of an upcoming dental appointment, know you’re not alone. Going to the dentist may not be your favourite activity, but it’s really not as scary as you’d imagine. Here’s what to expect from your next dental visit.

Making Your Appointment

Whether you’re a regular patient or haven’t been in years, we look forward to seeing you! Start by calling or emailing our clinic to schedule your appointment and ask any questions you may have. Our receptionists handle dental questions on a daily basis and are more than happy to assist you with your concerns.

Next, make sure to mark your appointment on your calendar. We offer six-day availability for our patients' convenience and do our best to accommodate your schedule. If you do need to cancel, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance.

The Day of Your Appointment

On the day of your appointment, it’s a good idea to arrive a few minutes early, particularly for new patients. You may need to fill out some paperwork before starting your appointment.

Next, you will be seen by one of our friendly dental assistants, who will review any relevant dental history with you and ask whether you have any concerns. One of our dentists will stop by at the beginning or end of your appointment for a dental exam. As always, you’re welcome to ask the dental assistant and/or dentist about your treatment or other dental concerns at any time during the visit.


If you’re coming in for a regular check-up, you can expect to spend most of your time getting your teeth cleaned and polished. Our dental hygienist will start by removing plaque and tartar to get a better look at their condition.

Next, your teeth will be polished using a special tool to coat the surface evenly. If you’ve ever noticed how smooth your teeth feel after going to the dentist, it’s because of the polish. This step also helps prevent plaque from sticking to the teeth after you leave the dentist.

Dental Cleans are important for a healthy smile

Dental Exam

Before your appointment comes to an end, your dentist will do a preventative check look for any potential dental concerns. Here are a few things they look for during the examination:

- Cavities

- Tooth enamel

- Gum swelling

- Jaw alignment

- Size of periodontal pockets

Next, the dentist will tell you about any potential issues as well as treatment options. The dentist or hygienist will take you back to the reception area to take care of a few final details.

Future Appointments

The last step of your visit involves scheduling future appointments and paying for your appointment. Whether you’re due for a regular check-up in six months or several visits for other dental treatments, you’ll have the opportunity to schedule as many appointments as you need. As always, you’re welcome to get in touch with our office at a later date regarding scheduling changes.

If you’re worried about your next dentist appointment, know it’s nothing to be afraid of. Getting your teeth cleaned and examined will keep you on the straight and narrow for a clean bill of health. In the meantime, feel free to contact us in case of questions. We look forward to seeing you at your next dental visit!