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Plexiglass, more mouthwash and a lot of questions. What to expect when you go back to the dentist

The idea of having someone poke around your mouth might be panic-inducing when we now know that COVID-19 spreads through droplets in the air, but dental offices in Ontario have been allowed to see patients again since June 1.

I myself went to see my dentist over the weekend after my appointment to get a filling was delayed for three months (I also had to fix an exposed nerve at the back of my mouth that made flossing and eating not fun at all). As someone who still isn’t ready to dine at a patio, let along dine inside a restaurant whenever Toronto moves into Phase 3, I actually felt quite safe the whole time I was there — mouth agape and all.

Dentists’ guidelines for infection control were updated as recently as three years ago, “so we already had strict protocols in place,” says Dr. Lesli Hapak, president of

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Dentist Visit: About, What to Expect

What Happens During a Dental Visit?
First, it is important to find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. Once you’ve found a dentist you like, your next step is to schedule a check-up — before any problems arise.

On your first visit to a dentist, they will take a full health history. On subsequent visits, if your health status has changed, make sure to tell them.

Most dental visits are checkups. Regular checkups (ideally every six months) will help your teeth stay cleaner, last longer and can prevent painful problems from developing.

  • A thorough cleaning
    Checkups almost always include a complete cleaning, either from your dentist or a dental hygienist. Using special instruments, a dental hygienist will scrape below the gumline, removing built-up plaque and tartar that can cause gum disease, cavities, bad breath and other problems. Your dentist or hygienist may also polish and floss your teeth.
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