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Dental Cleanings & Dental Exams, Port Alberni, B.C.

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Thorough & Patient Cleaning Treatments

Welcome to Valley Dental, a dental clinic that will welcome you no matter how long you have gone without a dental cleaning! Our treatments are thorough and complete to get all that build up in the hard to reach places.

Easy to Book Appointment

At Valley Dental, we make it easy to get an appointment by booking online or contacting us. If you’re in pain, we also offer family emergency dental. Often times we have same day availability.


Most Health Care Accepted

At Valley Dental we accept most extended dental healthcare plans that your average Port Alberni resident might hold, and on average coverage is fully covered for cleaning and exams!
If you don’t have dental healthcare coverage, we are happy to discreetly discuss our flexible payment options we can offer.


Dental Cleanings Are Crucial to Dental Hygiene

At Valley Dental, we know how crucial regular dental cleaning and exams are to maintain a healthy and bright smile.

Our compassionate team is committed to providing you with an exceptional experience unlike any other clinic.

We utilize state-of-the-art equipment and technologies, ensuring that our cleanings are gentle yet thorough. We make sure to get to those hard-to-reach areas that at-home cleaning might miss, leaving your teeth feeling fresh and squeaky clean.

Who are dental cleanings and exams for?

Regardless of age or dental health, everyone can benefit from regular dental cleanings and exams. From kids flashing their first milk teeth to adults maintaining their lifelong smile, our approach is caring, comprehensive, and personalized to every unique smile that walks through our doors.


Benefits of Dental Cleanings and Exams

The benefits of dental cleanings and exams go beyond just having clean teeth. Regular appointments can prevent gum diseases, detect early signs of oral cancer, and avoid tooth loss. At Valley Dental, we don’t just clean, we educate and empower you to take control of your oral health.

Did you know…

Did you know that the concept of tooth brushing started around 3000 BC when Babylonians used chew sticks, twigs frayed at one end, to clean their teeth?

While we’ve certainly come a long way, regular dental cleanings remain essential for oral health.

How to Complete Dental Teeth Cleanings at Home

Maintaining a consistent at-home oral hygiene regimen is a crucial aspect of dental health. It’s like the daily training an athlete performs between games – the performance on the field matters, but the preparation and practice at home set the stage for success.

Starting with brushing, it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed, for two minutes each time. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a fluoride toothpaste. Proper brushing technique is also essential. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and move the brush back and forth gently in short strokes. Brush all surfaces of the teeth – the outer surface, inner surface, and the chewing surfaces. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh!

Flossing, often overlooked, is equally important as it helps to remove food particles and plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line where a toothbrush can’t reach. Aim to floss at least once a day. If flossing is difficult, you might find a floss holder or interdental cleaners helpful.

Lastly, consider incorporating a mouthwash or rinse into your routine. It can help freshen breath, reduce plaque, prevent or reduce gingivitis, and demineralize early cavities.

Questions & Answers Teeth Cleaning & Exams

Learn about why teeth cleaning and dental exams are crucial to optimal dental health

How often should I get a dental cleaning and exam?

Dentists generally recommend having a dental cleaning and exam at least twice a year. This frequency allows your dentist to detect any issues early and address them before they become more serious. And remember, dentistry is like your favorite TV show; missing a single episode can lead to a lot of catch up later!

Is dental cleaning painful?

A professional dental cleaning should not be painful. However, if you have sensitive teeth or gums, you may experience some discomfort. Talk to your dentist about any concerns so they can adjust the treatment accordingly. Just think of it like a spa day for your mouth, but without the cucumber slices.

What's the difference between cleaning and deep cleaning?

Regular cleanings are preventive care, addressing the tooth surfaces and gum line. Deep cleanings are needed when there are signs of gum disease, such as deep gum pockets. It’s kind of like the difference between a light dusting and a full spring clean!

How long does a dental cleaning and exam take?

Typically, a dental cleaning and exam will take about an hour although it can take longer depending on the amount of build up on your teeth.

Will I need X-rays at each exam?

Not necessarily. While X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool, your dentist will determine the need based on your oral health, age, risk for disease, and any signs or symptoms observed. Don’t worry though, you won’t gain any superpowers from dental X-rays!

What happens if I skip dental cleanings and exams?

Skipping dental cleanings and exams can lead to plaque and tartar buildup, which can cause cavities and gum disease over time. It’s like skipping oil changes for your car – you may not notice the damage right away, but it can lead to bigger problems down the road.

Can a dental cleaning whiten my teeth?

While a cleaning can remove some surface stains, it doesn’t replace professional teeth whitening if you want a brighter smile. Think of it as a car wash – it’s going to clean your car, but it’s not going to change its color!

Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my cleaning and exam?

You don’t need to do anything special to prepare. Just continue your regular oral care routine: brush, floss, and use mouthwash if desired. Think of it like prepping for a first date, but without the butterflies!

Hear From
Our Patients


I’ve had a lot of dental anxiety my entire life and recently decided to try changing dental offices. I am so happy I chose Valley Dental!

Dr. McCracken is so kind, funny and gentle. I was not shamed in any way for not coming in soon enough. The front desk staff and all the dental assistants are also so kind. It’s such a nice, calming atmosphere. I am no longer scared to go to the dentist! Thank you!

– Monika

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Ready to experience the Valley Dental difference?

We’re here to make dental cleanings and exams an enjoyable part of your health routine. Let’s work together to maintain your beautiful, healthy smile.

Book your appointment today – because every smile matters to us, and yours is no exception!