Dental Hygiene Services
An essential component to every dental hygiene assessment should include a careful periodontal screening. In those cases where significant suspected disease is present, a complete periodontal evaluation and treatment plan is indicated.
During a dental hygiene periodontal evaluation, I will gently place a measuring instrument called a periodontal probe in the space between the tooth and the gum tissue. The dental probe is measured in millimetres and will measure pocket depths to determine the health of the gum tissue. Probing depths measuring 1-3mm are usually considered healthy. Four to 5 mm indicate mild periodontitis, 5-6mm indicates moderate periodontitis and 7mm and greater indicate severe periodontitis. Once your periodontal health is evaluated , I will then work with you to determine treatment necessary to help with the condition of your mouth and frequency of your dental hygiene visits.
If caught early, often swollen and bleeding gums can be reversed with effective removal of plaque/tartar above and below the gum line and regular visits with your dental hygienist. At more advanced stages there are non surgical treatments that involve a deeper cleaning below the gum line with possible use of antibacterial and antibiotic therapy in the areas affected. Severe cases require a consultation with a periodontist (gum specialist) to discuss the possible need for surgery to stop, halt or minimize the progression of the periodontal disease. The key to good oral health is prevention and to provide you information about the condition of your mouth.
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Scaling is the removal of tartar deposits from above and below the gum line. Ultrasonic and hand scaling are available. The use of oraquix anesthetic gel can be administered between the tooth and gum giving 20 minutes of working time to make the procedure more comfortable, if desired. Scaling is billed in units of time, each of 15 mins. The amount of scaling is determined by individual needs.
Fluoride varnish is a highly concentrated form of fluoride which is applied to the tooth’s surface, as a type of topical fluoride therapy. to specific areas of the mouth. Another method of application is in the form of an oral rinse.
Fluoride helps with prevention of tooth decay and helps with sensitivity, and can remineralize areas of enamel demineralization (weakened enamel).
Professional Teeth Whitening
FRESH offers a Professional Standard ‘In-Office’ whitening procedure, which is performed in ONE visit.
An assessment is carried out prior to whitening to ensure the patient is suitable. A cleaning is also recommended prior to having your teeth whitened to remove any deposits and surface stains.
With the In-Office procedure, it takes approx 60-90 minutes, and the entire whitening procedure will take place in one sitting.
Available to purchase is the take-home whitening ‘pen’ for 29.95 which will help to keep your teeth their whitest. The pen has an easy brush-on applicator and has approx. 60 applications.
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Oral Healthcare Education Desensitizing treatments
Sensitive teeth can be caused by various factors, including receding gums, toothbrush abrasion, grinding/wearing of teeth and erosion of enamel. This can be helped with a desensitization treatment that is gently applied on the affected area(s). This process blocks exposed dentin (layer beneath enamel) or root surfaces which will reduce pain and sensitivity.
LASER Bacterial Reduction (LBR)
Through Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) we are able to destroy the bacteria that cause inflammation and periodontitis. In other words, just by circling the teeth with the laser, in a non-cutting mode, within the surrounding gum pocket, we can drastically reduce the harmful bacteria that can affect our dental and overall health. For example, around one tooth, within an inflamed periodontal pocket, there are billions of bacteria. The application of the laser will take the bacterial counts around that tooth from the billions down to the hundreds within seconds. The bacterial levels will slowly grow back towards their original levels over the next several weeks, however, during this time and with proper home care, you can allow the area to heal enough to enable the surrounding gum tissue to reattach and the pockets to shrink. Laser therapy is an additional service that is performed in conjunction with scaling and root planing.
What are the benefits of Laser Bacterial Reduction?
To reduce or eliminate Bacteremias (bacteria that can be introduced into our bloodstream) .
- To prevent cross contamination of infection in one area of your mouth to other areas.
- To destroy the bacteria before they can cause the loss of attachment of the surrounding structures.
- To boost the immune system
- To improve overall health
The laser decontamination process is painless and normally takes 5-10 minutes
What are Cold Sores (Herpetic Lesions)?
Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth that are caused by the herpes simplex virus. This virus usually enters the body through a break in the skin around or inside the mouth. They can be spread when a person touches a cold sore or contacts the infected fluid from sharing eating utensils or razors, or through kissing or touching that person’s saliva. A parent who has a cold sore often spreads the infection to his or her child in this way.
What are the symptoms of a Cold Sore?
The prodromal symptoms (warning signs) of cold sores may include a tingling, itching or pain around your mouth and on your lips, a fever, a sore throat, or swollen glands in your neck or other parts of the body. After the blisters appear, the cold sores usually break open, leak a clear fluid, and then crust over and disappear after several days to 2 weeks. For some people, cold sores can be very painful.
How are Cold Sores treated?
Cold sores will usually start to heal on their own within a few days and then disappear within a couple of weeks. However, if they cause pain or make you feel self-conscious, they can be treated. Treatment may include skin creams, ointments, or sometimes pills. This type of treatment may only get rid of the cold sores only 1 to 2 days faster, but it can lessen the uncomfortable symptoms. An alternative method to treat cold sores is through laser therapy.
If you catch the lesion in time with laser treatment, you can prevent the cold sore from breaking out. As soon as you feel that tingling sensation that warns you of an on-coming sore, schedule an appointment for a laser treatment. If you already have a full blown sore, the laser will take away the discomfort and help it to dry up and heal much faster.
The herpes simplex virus that causes cold sores cannot be cured. After you get infected, the virus stays in your body for the rest of your life. If you get cold sores often, treatment can reduce the number of cold sores you get and how severe they are.
What are the benefits of using a laser in treating cold sores?
- This service is offered at FRESH Dental Hygiene Care
- Laser energy destroys the virus that causes the sore
- Relief is immediate and profound
- Help prevent sores if treated once the lip starts tingling
- Arrests the progression of the lesion after treatment
- Faster healing without any further discomfort through photo-biostimulation
- Treatment takes just a few minutes and without anesthesia
- After treatment, sores reoccur with less intensity and frequency at the same location
Oral Cancer screening
‘FRESH’ uses the VELscope Oral Cancer Screening System. A thorough assessment is made of the inside of the mouth. VELscope allows me to literally see beneath the surface of the soft tissues in the mouth and the lips to detect potentially dangerous growths that may be missed otherwise.
Sealants can be placed on teeth that have deep pits and grooves as a preventative measure. A coating is placed in the pits and grooves of the teeth and is set with the use of a curing light. This leaves a smooth surface to help prevent bacteria from entering. This also allows cleaning these areas to be much easier. This procedure, as in all dental hygiene care is based on each clients needs.
“No Needle” anesthesia
Referral Service to a Dentist and Specialists if required
Following your dental hygiene care assessment, further treatment may be required by a dentist or an oral healthcare specialist for cavities, implants, dentures, orthodontics, oral surgery or periodontal care – in which case I will be happy to provide the referral for you.
FRESH Dental Hygiene Care will be happy to fill out your dental insurance forms and send them to your insurance company on your behalf.
If your dental insurance provider offers ‘assignment of benefits’- this means that they will pay “FRESH” directly for services rendered, therefore you will not have to pay upfront.
IF you are not covered by dental insurance benefits, of if your dental insurance provider does not offer assignment of benefits, payment is to be rendered at time of service.
Each individuals’ needs are different and the fee reflects the services provided and the time required to perform them. FRESH Dental Hygiene Care follows the current Ontario Dental Hygienists Associations (ODHA) Fee Guide which is considerably less costly than the Canadian Dental Association Fee Guide. The guide is available at the ODHA website www.odha.on.ca. The ODHA fee guide is an Independent Fee Guide which differs from the Canadian Dental Association Fee Guide used by dentists.
If you have any questions regarding payment options or dental insurance, please feel free to contact me at (905) 800-0288 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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