How Much Should Your Professional Teeth Cleaning Cost You?

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Dr. Christina Binert


How much should a professional teeth cleaning cost?

It’s a question we hear all the time at Dental Care Group, your Danforth dentist. Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. It’s like asking, “How much to clean my house?” It depends. It’s impossible to answer that question over the phone or online … but when it comes to your smile, we can give you some insight right now without doing a clinical examination.

Regular cleanings are a must. Most people should visit us for a cleaning at least every six months. Depending on your level of oral hygiene, it’s likely you’ll benefit from a professional cleaning every three months. (It’s kind of like the recommended time interval for an oil change for your car. You don’t have to do it, but in the long run, neglect will cost you.) This appointment is for a teeth cleaning only – a dental checkup performed by your dentist costs more. 

The duration of your cleaning depends on the condition of your smile. If your teeth are in excellent shape, a professional cleaning should take about 30 minutes or two units. We get under your gumline, into the places where your toothbrush and floss cannot. If we discover plaque or tartar buildup, we may need to spend more time with you. Four or more appointments may be necessary, with each lasting a minimum of three units (45 minutes).

In the worst-case scenario … some dental freezing may be required – and that comes at an extra cost. The condition of your gums (i.e. is there any bleeding/gum disease?) and the level of home care cleaning required dictates how much time will be needed for the next cleaning and how often a cleaning is required.

The 2019 Ontario Dental Association (ODA) Dental Fee Guide suggests a fee of $57 for one unit of professional cleaning. So … the healthier your smile is, the less you can expect to pay. You know your own oral hygiene habits, have a reasonable assessment of your mouth, and know when you had your last cleaning. So you can estimate what a cleaning will cost you.

Want a more accurate quote? We’ll need to book you in for a thorough examination and complete set of x-rays. Once we fully assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and bone, we can provide a precise number.

By visiting us regularly and caring for your smile at home, you can be in and out in just 30 minutes as opposed to four-plus hours! Also, make sure to work with your dentist and hygienist at Dental Care Group for long-lasting results.

Due for your next cleaning? Call today to see us … and keep your cleaning time down to a minimum!


Dr. Chris Binert graduated from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Dentistry, 1983 with honors. She has been a member of the Ontario Dental Association and the Canadian Dental Association since her graduation.

Dr. Binert is currently an instructor at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Toronto, and has taught there for over 25 years. She is currently the Director of the Dental Care Group.