As many people will tell you, a smile is the most attractive thing you can where. And the backbone to any good smile is, of course, the teeth. These pearly white superstars are the main attraction in any smile, and the quality and appearance of your teeth can make or break you entire appearance. If you are afraid to show of your teeth in your smile, you will not be able to pull of the devastating looks you want, no matter how good your style is. If you also take into account all health issues you can end up with if you avoid regularly maintaining your dental hygiene, then it becomes extremely clear why it is important to consistently get a professional teeth cleaning.

While it is quite clear that getting a quality teeth cleaning at a dentist’s office is important, most people are still very weary of going to their dental appointments, and some are downright petrified at the thought. Between all the poking and prodding, uncomfortable scraping, jaw discomfort, and the awkward feeling of needing to make small talk with someone who has their hands in your mouth, a trip to the dentist’s office can be a stressful and exhausting affair. And all this uncomfortableness – plus the inability to see inside your own mouth without the extensive help of mirrors – usually blinds you to what is going on inside your mouth, making you unable to see just how much they are doing every time you get a teeth cleaning.

Getting a professional teeth cleaning usually follows the same pattern. First, the dental hygienist examines the mouth, using a small mirror on a handle to survey the current state of each tooth, along with your gums, tongue, and other inner parts of the mouth. Then, using that same mirror to guide them, they will start scraping off all the plaque and tartar that tend to build up and cluster around the gum line and in between your teeth. They tend to focus on these areas since they are less capable of
being properly cleaned by just a toothbrush.

Once you are finished with the scraping, the dental hygienist will polish them with a high-powered electric brush. While the grinding noise it makes might sound scary at first, it is actually safely removing any last vestiges of plaque or tartar still clinging desperately to your teeth. They use a special gritty toothpaste to help scrub your teeth as much as possible until they are sparkling. The dental hygienist typically follows this up with a meticulous flossing to help dig into those trouble areas between teeth. This expert precision with dental floss will make your mouth feel fresher than it has in ages. Then it is just a quick rinse and, barring any major dental emergencies, you are free to go, ready to take on the world with a fresh new smile.

Teeth Cleaning FAQ

If I consistently take good care of my dental hygiene, do I really need to get a professional teeth cleaning?

Even if you make sure to brush vigorously and thoroughly twice a day, you still need to go in and have a dentist give you a professional teeth cleaning. Even the most advanced and expensive toothbrush cannot reach every single hard to reach crevice, and you cannot get the same view of exactly what you are doing that your dentist can. They have tools designed specifically to reach those hard to get to spots where most plaque and tarter builds up, and they have the knowledge of where to look and what to do to get rid of problem.

Can I remove plaque and tartar on my own?

Plaque is usually relatively easy to handle, as most brushes can wipe away troublesome plaque with a little elbow grease. Tartar, on the other hand, is a much more difficult nut to crack. These hardened deposits cling desperately to each tooth’s most vulnerable areas – the hard to reach spaces in the gum line or between individual teeth – and can only be removed when scraped off by a dental hygienist.

If you reside in the Grande Prairie, Alberta area and want to make your smile look as radiant as possible, contact Northern Dental Centre at 780-532-1786 and schedule an appointment for a professional teeth cleaning today. Then you will soon be ready to go around breaking hearts with your smile.

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Northern Dental Centre
10014 102 Avenue Unit 201
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 0Z7


Hours of Operation:
Monday 9:30am-8:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-6:00pm
Wednesday 8:30am-7:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-5:30pm
Friday 8:00am-4:00pm
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Sunday: Closed

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Dear Patients,

We are pleased to WELCOME YOU BACK! We are practicing SAFE DENTISTRY!

Rest assured that we have taken steps above what was required. After all, your health is our highest priority. We are finally OPEN and look forward to seeing you again soon!


  • When we speak with you regarding your appointment, we will be asking you additional screening questions. Patients who exhibit any symptoms will need to postpone their treatment.
  • When you arrive to your appointment, please wait in your car until your appointment time and bring as little as possible into the office with you.
  • If you have a mask or face covering, we encourage you to wear one to your appointment.
  • We will ask that you sanitize/wash your hands with soap and water upon entering the office and before leaving.
  • There will be a consent form for patients to sign upon arrival and we want you to know that the guidelines in place currently have staff member signing off on a daily consent that ensures they are ready and prepared to provide treatment in the safest possible way.

We want to assure everyone that our office takes the safety and health of our patients, their families, team members and doctors very seriously. Although our operations will be slightly different today than they were previously, we are excited to finally welcome you all back in a slow and safe manner.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time of transition to the new normal.

Your Dental Team