Routine Dental Care

A dental checkup is an essential part of maintaining proper oral hygiene, which is an important factor in your overall health. A dental visit consists of two parts: an examination from your dentist, and a professional cleaning.  Your dentist will perform a comprehensive examination of the oral cavity, first looking at all of the soft tissues in the mouth, throat, tongue, and neck region to check for abnormalities, swellings, or possible signs of oral cancer. Your dentist will also examine the surfaces of your teeth for signs of cavities, and observe the gums for signs of inflammation and gum disease. Finally, a professional cleaning includes removing plaque and hardened tartar on tooth surfaces that are difficult to access with a regular toothbrush or floss at home. Accumulation of plaque and tartar on tooth surfaces can contribute to cavities, and buildup below the gumline can cause swelling and lead to gum disease. 

Cavities form when the hard surface of the teeth breakdown, or demineralize, due to the acids caused by bacteria in the mouth. These oral bacteria are found in plaque and tartar which adhere to the surfaces of the teeth and feed on sugars. Though some cavities are visible upon clinical examination, many cavities form in between the teeth, and are more easily detected with x-rays. If a cavity is detected, the dentist may treat the cavity by removing it with a handpiece, and filling the space with strong material that should minimize the risk of the cavity growing bigger in the future. Once cavities progress, they may start to cause sensitivity when eating sweets or sipping cold drinks. If cavities are left untreated and continue to grow, they may infect the nerve and vessels in the root of the tooth, and can cause pain requiring treatment with root canal.

Cavities and gum disease are preventable with proper home care, including brushing and flossing, and with  professional cleanings to remove hardened tartar on tooth surfaces and below the gumline. Routine dental checkups are an essential component to maintaining proper oral health by identifying any possible signs of cavities, gum disease, or tissue abnormalities, and addressing these signs with the proper treatment.

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COVID-19 Update

Dear Valued Patient,

We wanted to take a moment to update you on how the current COVID-19 situation in Ontario affects your dental care. We are OPEN and accessible to you during this time, as dental offices are considered an essential service by Public Health due to the importance of your oral health and hygiene.

We have taken a number of precautions in order to maintain a safe, COVID-19 free, environment.

– Pre-appointment screening forms. Before your appointment, we will send you a link to a wellness form. This is to ensure the safety of both our employees and other patients. If you are feeling unwell, or show any symptoms of COVID-19, please get in touch with us to reschedule your appointment.

– Curb-side waiting. To adhere to social distancing rules, we ask that you please wait in your car when you arrive at our office. Check in by calling us at our office phone number, and we will prepare to welcome you for your appointment.

– Increased disinfection. We are increasing how frequently we clean and sanitize our office, and our operatories are sanitized between every appointment, as always. As an added measure, all employees measure their temperature before the start of their shift, and are wearing all PPE in accordance with health unit guidelines.

– Medical grade air filtration systems. We’ve invested in the highest quality air filtration systems to ensure the air you breathe is clean, fresh, and sanitized. This technology uses a 6 stage purification system to capture dust, pollen, VOC’s, gases, mold, allergens, odors, bio-aerosols, viruses, and other pollutants, and includes a negative ion generator to help purify our air.

Prolonged periods between dental cleanings may result in gum disease – both bone loss and gum shrinkage, which can lead to increased sensitivity and tooth mobility. This is something we have already observed in our patients, so if you are due for your hygiene visit or have put your visit off due to COVID concerns, please know we have taken every measure possible to ensure your safety during your visit.

We encourage all our patients to keep their regular scheduled appointments and maintain their best possible oral health as another asset in their fight against COVID-19. This is a challenging time for us all, but we want you to know how much we value your continued trust and support. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our staff at (416) 333-0707, or by email at

Stay safe and healthy,

The Laird Eglinton Dental Team