Oral Health Assessments
A review of your medical and dental histories, including medications and blood pressure. Different medical conditions and medications can have oral implications and may affect dental hygiene treatment. A complete intra-oral and extra-oral examination, periodontal charting and oral cancer screening will be done to determine your current oral health status. We will work with you to develop your personalized treatment plan.
Oral Cancer Screening
Thousands of Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer every year. If detected early there is an 80 to 90% survival rate. This is why we believe in performing a visual and tactile oral cancer screening of the head, neck, face and mouth at every visit, for every client, regardless of age. Alcohol and tobacco use continue to be risk factors, with a new link to HPV-16, the same virus shown to cause cervical cancer, making young people more susceptible. We will assess your risk factors and educate you on ways to perform an oral cancer self-examination. Referrals will be made to dentists or medical professionals as required.
Teeth Cleaning – Scaling and Polishing
Plaque and tartar are removed from your teeth by use of an ultrasonic scaler and hand instrumentation. In some cases, you may feel discomfort during teeth scaling. If this occurs, we can apply a needle-free local anesthetic agent. The time required to scale your teeth depends on a variety of factors, such as amount and tenacity of deposits present, the condition of your gums and your homecare practices. We will work together to develop an appropriate recall frequency. A coronal polish will remove any remaining surface stains.
Wicked White Professional Tooth Whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten your smile with little to no sensitivity. A neutral-based gel is applied to the teeth and activated by a cool LED light. The whitening gel is 100% pure, with no fillers or additives and contains no animal by-products. A thorough examination, including a shade assessment will determine if you are a suitable candidate. Whitening is not recommended for children under the age of 16 and for women who are pregnant or nursing. Not everyone will obtain the same results and some clients may require additional sessions.
Oral Health Instruction and Education
It is generally recommended for adults to brush and floss their teeth twice per day. Some people may have additional needs when it comes to their home care needs. We will work with you to develop a personalized oral care program, introduce you to new homecare aids and demonstrate proper technique of various aids, including proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques. Professional dental cleanings, combined with good home care between visits, is essential to achieving and maintaining optimal oral health.
Silver Diamine Fluoride
A topical antimicrobial liquid is applied to the teeth to arrest decay and treat sensitivity. A great option for housebound seniors, young children or anyone who cannot make it to the dentist or sit through a filling appointment. Silver Diamine Fluoride is an easy, quick and affordable treatment.
Interim Stabilization Technique
When cavities are present, a temporary restoration, made of fluoride-releasing glass ionomer cement, may be placed until the client can be seen by a dentist. This helps to stop decay from progressing, prevents pain and may prevent premature tooth loss due to decay.
Pit and Fissure Sealants
Pits and fissures are the grooves that form naturally on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. These grooves can be deep and difficult to keep clean, making them more susceptible to decay. A thin resin material can be applied to these pits and fissures to “seal” out food and bacteria and prevent decay. This is a quick, easy and painless procedure which does not require any freezing or drilling.
Denture wearers can also benefit from the services of a dental hygienist. Fit and function of your denture will be assessed, along with an examination of the underlying tissues and an oral cancer screening. Tartar and stain will be removed, to help your dentures will look and feel better. Clients staying in a care facility or hospital can benefit from having their dentures labeled, to prevent them from becoming lost or misplaced. Relines, repairs and replacements can be referred to a mobile or in-office denturist.