Our motto here at the Northumberland Dental Hygiene Clinic is that
“Healthy Smiles are Forever!”
This page is dedicated to providing you with important and hopefully useful dental information. Being knowledgeable about your own dental health is an important step for you to have great oral hygiene. Should you have any questions about dental hygiene please feel free to email me and I will do my best to provide you an answer in a timely manner.
What is an Independent Dental Hygiene Clinic?
This is a dental clinic set up by a dental hygienist who has achieved an unique status by the College of Dental Hygienist of Ontario in which they have been authorized to self-initiate. This means that the hygienist can competently clean client’s teeth on her/his own in their own clinic without having a “standing order” signed by a dentist. They have the authorization to proceed to clean someone’s teeth once the medical history has been thoroughly reviewed and the client is deemed safe to have their teeth cleaned.
If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to call our office at (289) 252-0232. We welcome the opportunity to help explain this great new concept.
If I have dental insurance, will my plan cover a cleaning at an independent hygiene office?
A good number of the major insurance companies are now covering dental hygiene fees. Because we use different codes when submitting insurance claims, it is wise to check with your insurance company if you indeed have dental hygiene coverage. We would be more than happy to submit a predetermination form to your insurance should they request it.
If I see you for my cleanings, will this affect my relationship with my dentist?
It should not affect your relationship whatsoever. You should not lose your dentist nor should it compromise any relationship you have with him/her. We recommend that you still see your dentist on a regular basis for your check-up and any x-rays that need to be taken. We have compiled a list of dentists who are accepting referrals from our office. Working together is an important aspect of meeting all of your oral health needs.
I am terrified of having anything done to my teeth, how do I overcome this?
Come for a visit first and see what the office is like. You will find it very comfortable and relaxing. We take our time and explain each procedure to you first. There are no surprises here. There is a terrific website on dental phobia. Go to www.dentalfearcentral.org and browse through it to see what might be applicable to you. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
Some other websites that are available to you in case you are interested are as follows. Links will open in a new window:
Information on the link between oral health and overall health:
This is from the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association (CDHA) website.