Checkups and Cleanings

Effective Prevention For Patients of All Ages

Everyone can agree that it’s best to keep dental work to an absolute minimum. Fortunately, many dental problems such as cavities and gum disease are largely preventable. With just a couple of visits a year to a dentist in Brampton (and a few good habits at home), you can avoid oral health problems and keep your smile looking and feeling fantastic. If you want to be proactive about your dental health and it’s been a while since your last visit, contact us at Torbram Dental today. We’d love to help you get your smile back on track!

The Importance of Dental Cleanings

If you wait until you’re in pain to come in for a checkup, the chances are good that you’ll need more extensive dental work like a root canal or crown to address the problem. By getting regular maintenance care for your teeth and gums, problems are found in their earliest stages when they’re easier and less expensive to treat.

In fact, one good way of thinking about it is to remember that dental insurance companies often cover preventative visits at 100% because they know it minimizes the overall dental work someone needs. If an insurance company saves money when you get preventative care, you will, too (not to mention the potential discomfort and time spent in the dental chair!)

The Process of a Dental Checkup


Although an important part of what we do is check for cavities, a checkup includes much more:

  • Your oral health and general health are linked, so we always start by updating and reviewing your medical history.
  • Routine X-rays are taken as needed (usually once per year) to show us what we can’t see with our eyes alone and make sure we don’t miss anything.
  • We also perform a fast, simple oral cancer screening at each checkup. This condition has been on the rise, but the survival rates are high with early detection.
  • Since gum disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss and also increases your risk for many diseases such as Alzheimer’s and heart problems, we’ll do a gum exam once a year and make treatment recommendations, as necessary.
  • Lastly, we’ll thoroughly examine your teeth and existing dental work to determine whether you have any treatment needs. Then we’ll tell you what we found and answer any questions you may have.

The Process of a Dental Cleaning

Your oral hygiene is critical for your teeth and gums, but even good brushing and flossing habits can’t remove all the plaque and tartar that builds up. Regular dental cleanings are necessary to help you avoid bad breath, cavities, and gum disease.

For the cleaning itself, we’ll ask you beforehand if you have any questions or concerns. Then we’ll use special tools to gently but thoroughly remove the deposits from your teeth, making sure you stay comfortable throughout. Finally, we’ll polish and floss and give you personalized tips to help you keep everything clean at home.

How to Maintain Your Oral Health Between Visits

The best way to maintain your fresh, clean feeling at home is to go back to basics. Brush at least twice per day for two minutes and floss at least once. Some people find it easier to comply with these recommendations by finding tricks that make it more convenient. For example, you may try flossing right after dinner or lunch instead of waiting until bedtime. You may also benefit from tools such as an electric toothbrush, interdental brushes, or an oral irrigator.

Dental Checkups & Cleanings FAQs

Whether it has been years since your last dental cleaning in Brampton or you’re preparing for your first of two in 2020, there are always questions to be asked and concerns to be addressed. How much will my visit cost? Will having my teeth cleaned hurt? Why is it so important to remove plaque and tartar? If you’re wondering about the answers and want to learn more about this important step in maintaining good oral health, our team has compiled the information you need to better prepare for your next visit. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Will it hurt to have my teeth cleaned?

The process of having your teeth cleaned should never hurt. As long as you are staying on top of your oral hygiene at home by brushing twice daily for two minutes, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing with an antimicrobial mouthwash, your dental cleanings should not be unpleasant at all. You may feel and hear some vibrations or other pressure within your mouth as the dental hygienist works, but that is all.

If you do begin to have an unpleasant feeling or experience any discomfort, make sure to alert us immediately.

What can happen if I don’t have plaque and tartar removed?

If you do not have regular dental checkups and cleanings (twice a year), plaque and tartar will accumulate around your teeth and gums. As a result, not only will it impact your smile’s aesthetic, but it will also lead to tooth decay and cavity formation as well as gum disease. If left untreated, this can cause potential bone and tooth loss and various health-related issues (i.e. heart attack, stroke, diabetes, neurological conditions, and more).

The removal of plaque and tartar is crucial if you want to maintain a healthy smile. Fortunately, our dental hygienists have the necessary tools to effectively remove these harmful bacteria and help you take back your gum health.

Why should I consider a fluoride treatment during my visit?

Fluoride is a natural mineral found in most water supplies and toothpaste. It is likely that if you are maintaining good oral health and drinking tap water, your teeth are already benefiting from it. However, during your dental cleaning in Bramela, we may recommend that you undergo a fluoride treatment to ensure an added level of protection against tooth decay. Apart from its ability to keep cavities from forming, it also strengthens tooth enamel.

The application of fluoride is quick, easy, and completely painless. It’s also one of the best dental solutions for both children and adults!

How much can I expect my visit to cost?

If you have changed dental insurance policies or recently enrolled, you will be pleased to learn that most plans agree to cover 80-100% of preventive services. Regular dental checkups and cleanings fall under that category as well as dental X-rays and other preventive offerings (i.e. fluoride treatment, dental sealants).

Because dental insurance is designed to prevent problems before they start, your commitment to being proactive about your oral health is kindly rewarded by the insurance company, as this not only saves you money and helps you maintain a healthy smile, but it also saves them from paying for future restorative services.

Simrit has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She started her career with Assisting/Treatment co-ordinating and then moved on to becoming the Hygiene Co Ordinator in 2005. In 2012 she took on a new role as the Marketing Director. Though she loved being the Marketing Director, in 2015 she became the Office Manager of Torbram Dental. She completed her Level 1 Dental Assisting program with Career Canada in 1996 and then went on to complete her Level II Dental Assisting Diploma with Southwestern Medix in 1999. That is when she received NDAEB Certification. Simrit has been and still is an active member of the Ontario Dental Assistants Association since 2000. She enjoys hiking and traveling with her husband and two kids and loves to explore new restaurants, especially high-tea venues.

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Jessica, one of our receptionists, is one of the smiling faces you see when you arrive at the office. She graduated with honours from Medix College with a diploma as a Level 2 Dental Assistant. When she is not happily helping our patients, Jessica enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family, going to church on Sunday mornings, gardening and going on hikes.

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Naudia has been working at Torbram Dental for many years and is a valued member of our administrative team: as a dental receptionist and in our marketing team . She graduated from Everest College with honours level 1 and 2, with a diploma in Dental Assisting. Naudia is always there for our patients, making sure that they receive the care and attention they deserve. When not at the office, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking and indulging in civil court TV shows.

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Ramandeep has been a part of Torbram Dental for the past 10 years as certified dental assistant. She obtained her level 1 certification from Everest college in Brampton in 2013, and then her level 2 certification in 2014 from Medix college. Her career path through the clinic has been recognized by staff at all levels who admire her work ethic and dedication to million dollar smiles. In her spare time, Ramandeep enjoys cooking and gardening, and spending time with her husband and 2 kids.

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Sana is a valued member of our dental hygiene team. In 2008 she completed her education at George Brown in Dental Assisting and in 2016 she earned her diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Canadian Academy of Dental Health and Sciences. Sana has been working in dentistry since 2008 and enjoys taking care of our patients and helping them with their oral health. She is married and is busy with her 2 young children. In her spare time, Sana enjoys going out with the family, trying out new places to eat and is looking forward to travelling with them in the future.

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Sanaria has been working at Torbram Dental for many years as a valued member of our Dental Assisting Team. She completed her level 2 dental assisting certification and previously obtained a degree in Education and worked as a quality control officer in the pharmaceutical industry. When not at work Sanaria loves to bake and cook. She also loves story time and enjoying the outdoors with her children. She always sees the positive side of life, believes that nothing is impossible and that if you set a goal and work at it, that you will make your dreams come true.

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Carrie has been working at Torbram Dental since 2001. She graduated from George Brown College in 1998 with a Dental Assistant Diploma and continued to further her education by completing a Dental Hygiene Diploma in 2001 at Durham College. Carrie is a highly trained and experienced Registered Dental Hygienist who continues to learn and grow by updating her knowledge to provide her clients with the best Oral Health Care techniques and information. Carrie is passionate about Dentistry and is known for her gentle and compassionate manner. She feels strongly about building lasting relationships and trust with her clients to help them understand that good Oral Health leads to good Overall Health. Carrie enjoys travelling, dabbling in decorating and a good Netflix series in her time off. Carrie resides in Halton Hills with her husband and two children.

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Daniela's interest in Dentistry began in Gr.6 when she wrote a speech entitled "My Life as a Toothbrush".
A Registered Dental Hygienist with 22 years of clinical experience, Daniela still has a great passion for her career. The most rewarding aspect for her is building lasting relationships with her patients, and seeing them through to a healthier smile.
Her thorough yet gentle touch will ensure a comfortable visit every time.
Daniela is a total Foodie and loves to cook and enjoys all types of cuisines. She loves Florida, Cruises, organizing things, and most of all spending time with family and friends.

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Stephanie Enjoys getting to know all new patients at Torbram Dental and catching up with long standing Patients. Stephanie enjoys spending quality time with her family. One of her favorite things to do with her daughter is teach and play the piano. Stephanie likes going on walks with her husband and enjoys spending as much time with him as he is an Active Member of the Canadian Army. On Sundays, Stephanie enjoys going to Church and looks forward to Sunday Dinner with her entire family. Stephanie's Favorite thing to do to start her day right is head to her local Starbucks and Grab her favorite drink, an iced black tea with light lemonade on warm days and a blonde vanilla latte on those cold winter days.

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As a dedicated Dental Hygienist at Torbram Dental, Aalisha brings recent knowledge and experience to ensure the best oral health for our patients. She holds a Diploma in Dental Hygiene from the Toronto College of Dental Hygiene and Auxiliaries and has further enriched her education with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Waterloo. Beyond her professional qualifications, Aalisha has a zest for life that extends beyond the dental chair. She cherishes quality time with family and friends, thrives on outdoor adventures, and has a passion for hiking and water-based activities, especially during the sunny summer days. She is an avid traveler, exploring tropical paradises and historic destinations while immersing herself in diverse cultures and indulging in delicious culinary experiences."

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Supreet was born and raised in Punjab, India and came to Canada in 2016. She graduated from Sheridan College as an Environmental Lab Technician but later decided to change her career to dentistry. She completed her Level I and II Intra-Oral Dental Assisting course from George Brown College and graduated in 2023. In July 2023, Supreet joined the team at Torbram Dental where she enjoys working. In her free time, she loves to read books.

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