3285 Derry Rd W, Suite C2, Mississauga, ON L5N 7L7

Cleanings and Prevention

What is a Dental Cleaning?

A dental cleaning is a crucial part of oral hygiene that involves the removal of plaque, tartar, and staining from the teeth that the body builds up naturally over time. Frequent dental cleanings are important in keeping the gums and teeth healthy. Dental cleanings generally range between 3-6 months and varies from patient to patient depending on oral hygiene. The frequency of cleanings are determined for each individual by a professional Registered Dental Hygienist based on many factors such as diet (smoking, coffee, tea and other stain causing foods and drinks which contribute to staining), frequency of plaque and tartar build-up,  home care (brushing techniques, flossing), and gum health. During a dental cleaning, the hygienist uses specialty dental instruments called “scalers” to remove the hardened build up that a regular toothbrush cannot remove. In addition to the cleaning, the hyginiest also provides the following services:

  • Reviewing and updating medical history, including information about heart problems, pregnancy, diabetes and medications, which may have an impact on your oral health
  • X-rays or examination of teeth to detect decay
  • Fluoride application
  • Sealants (for children)
  • Polishing teeth, including fillings and crowns
  • Cleaning and adjustment of dentures and partial dentures
  • Tooth brushing and flossing instructions
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Recommendations for future treatment: when to return for follow-up hygiene treatment, periodontal (gum) concerns or restorative options.

Hygienists are also  trained in detecting several other oral issues that may go unnoticed otherwise:

  • Periodontal disease (red, shiny, puffy, sore, or sensitive gums, bleeding when brushing or flossing, persistent bad breath)
  • Sensitivity to heat, cold, sweets, pressure
  • Oral cancer (unexplained bleeding, open sores that don’t heal within 7-10 days, white or red patches, numbness or tingling, small lumps or thickening on gums, lumps on cheeks, tongue, floor or roof of mouth).

Your dental hygienist is the most knowledgeable and qualified provider that can determine the frequency of cleanings. Regular check-ups and cleanings, along with good preventative home care ensures the best possible oral hygiene.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Cleanings?

  • Prevents tooth decay
  • Brightens smile (removes staining)
  • Boosts overall health
  • Prevents/reduces bad breath
  • Prevents tooth loss (healthy gums=healthy bone structure to maintain teeth in position)
  • Prevents gingivitis

How Much Does a Dental Cleaning Cost?

Most insurance companies cover cleanings under preventative care. For patients who don`t have insurance coverage, a cleaning can range anywhere been $150-$200 depending on that number of units of scaling that needs to be completed. 0% interest monthly payment plans are available for patients to take advantage of for extensive treatment.

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Why Dr. Girn/Home of Dentistry?

The Home of Dentistry has a highly skilled and experienced team of Registered Dental Hygienists who are truly compassionate about the patients well being before anything else. The hygienists at the Home of Dentistry take pride in providing the best possible care to patients with care and integrity. The team is constantly attending continuing education courses in order to provide their patients with the best possible service. Their knowledge and skills speak for themselves!


We have been to many dentists before and we haven't met a pleasant dentist like Dr. Girn. My family and I have been going to him for twelve years and they've always been helpful and friendly to us. He will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in his room. His office staff are professional, sincere, welcoming and friendly as well. I want to thank your friendly staff for accommodating my needs and for always taking good care of my family and I. The customer service is truly awesome. The moment you walk in they will greet you along with their welcoming smile, from that second you are treated like family. You feel calm and relaxed because in each room there are many televisions, so wherever the patients look there will be something for them to look at so they can take their minds off the work that is being done in their mouth. We're so glad that he is our family dentist now! I highly recommend Dr. Girn for anyone looking for an amazing dentist. Dr. Girn and his staff are amazing and his office is always clean and well kept. When you walk out of there, you will leave with a smile. if anyone is looking for a well trusted and professional dentist, then I highly recommend you come to Dr. Girn. You won't be disappointed.

— Daren D. - Mississauga

Home of Dentistry is a 5-star facility. Dr. Girn is highly skilled and treats you with great care and respect. I, my wife and four children travel from the far east end of Toronto for dental care from Dr. Girn. He has helped my family with braces, implants, and all out regular dental work. Dr. Girn has also helped us with Saturday morning emergency dental care. home of Dentistry is the perfect name because you feel like you're part of the family. Dr. Girn is genuinely interested in each of his patients. treatment rooms are professionally set up, bright, cheery, and even have a TV in each room. his staff are very professional and friendly. I strongly recommend the Home of Dentistry. Whether you have a dentist or not, I would give them a call. you will definitely notice the difference.

— Daniel H. - Markham