If I have a dental insurance plan, how do I benefit from the savings?
The fees charged in an Independent Dental Hygiene office setting are typically less than what is charged in a traditional dental office. In many cases, dental insurance plans indicate a maximum amount of coverage allowed per 12 month period for preventative care and restorative services combined. By less money being charged for preventative care, this will allow more money to be left for other services, should they be required – thus, bringing greater value to you with your dental coverage.
How Can I Be Sure That Proper Sterilization Measures Are Taking Place?
It is very important for my clients to have peace-of-mind in the knowledge that “FRESH” maintains the highest level of infection control and sterilization. A professional grade sterilizer is used , as well as performing daily spore testing to ensure all instruments, “all the time”, are sterile.
In addition, disposable barrier protection is used wherever necessary. All surfaces are cleaned inbetween each patient with a professional grade cleaner (Bactericidal-Fungicidal-Virucidal and Tuberulocidal
Why does my gum-line look high?
This is called recession, when half moon shaped pieces of tissue are missing. The most likely causes for this trauma are brushing too hard and or using a tooth brush that had bristle that were too hard. This is not optimal however it is common. If these areas become sensitive, there are measures that can be taken to combat the symptoms.
What is Plaque?
Plaque is a sticky film of build-up on your teeth. This film forms within minutes of brushing your teeth. The first layer is a protein layer, then bacteria, food debris and dead skin cells attach to it. Plaque is teaming with bacteria. The longer plaque remains on the teeth the more mature it becomes. The bacteria in plaque causes Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease. Therefore plaque must be removed daily. If it is left long enough the plaque will harden or calcify. This will happen in areas that you have not touched or properly cleansed.
What is Calculus or Tartar?
Tartar and calculus are the same thing, mineralized (hardened) plaque. These mineral deposits must be removed from teeth and roots by scaling. Calculus will build-up in areas that have plaque. New layers of plaque will form on top of the calculus and they will harden the same as the first layer. Other debris can also attach to these layers and harbor bacteria and stain. Brushing your teeth with a toothbrush will NOT remove this buildup. Only professional scaling can safely and effectively remove Tartar/Calculus.
What is Scaling?
Scaling is the act of removing calculus, plaque and stain from the teeth. You may recognize this procedure from your last routine maintenance appointment with your Dentist or Dental Hygienist. Calculus must be removed to promote the healing of the tissues, and reattachment of any damaged tissues. After a thorough scaling you can expect some regeneration of the gingival tissues. It is very important to remove any new plaque daily.
Why do I need routine maintenance appointments?
Each client is treated for their individual specific needs, meaning that some people may benefit more frequent cleaning appointments than others to help maintain healthier gums and teeth. While some may require an appointment for scaling twice a year, others may find having their teeth scaled 3 or 4 times a year more beneficial.
Do I really need to floss?
50% of all tooth surfaces cannot be reached with a brush. Therefore even if you brush routinely, you are still only removing HALF of the plaque, food debris and bacteria.Starting to floss even once a week from never flossing, is increasing your production 100%. Floss provides stimulation to the gum tissues, increasing blood flow to the area, and increasing regeneration of the tissues. Contact points between the teeth need to be cleaned with floss to reduce decay. Bacteria between the teeth will increase gingivitis and periodontal disease and tooth decay. My recommendation – floss a minimum 3 x week.
What is the best & safest way to brush my teeth?
Gently sweep towards the chewing surfaces – AWAY from the gumline. Always rolling your brush and using gentle pressure only. Brush only a few teeth at a time to ensure coverage of the bristles. Don’t forget to brush all sides of each tooth and use floss to cover the ones you cannot reach. Remember, DO NOT SCRUB BACK AND FORTH. Brushing too hard can lead to sensitive teeth and can damage the tooth structures. It should take approximately 2 minutes to clean thoroughly. There are some wonderful electric toothbrushes on the market that will also help to ensure proper cleaning – many of which have a built in timer.
What is Periodontal Disease?
When Gingivitis is left untreated new types of bacteria can form. These new strains of bacteria are generally stronger (more virulent), there are higher numbers of concentration (more of them). The bacteria tend to migrate down the root of the tooth (beyond the gum-line), creating a periodontal pocket. This is what causes destruction of the bone and other soft tissues below the gum-line. This can occur localized (specific areas) or generalized (more than 50% of the teeth). Periodontal Disease is diagnosed by a dental professional, using radiographs and certain measurements from a Periodontal Assessment. Periodontal Disease causes permanent damage. Our goal at FRESH -Dental Hygiene Care is to slow or arrest (stop) the progression of this disease.