Dental Hygienist Services
The Northumberland Dental Hygiene Clinic offers a wide range of hygiene services in a relaxed, comfortable setting including:
- Oral assessment
- Teeth cleaning
- Stain removal
- Fluoride treatments
- Tooth whitening
- Custom sportsguards
- Oral hygiene instruction
A number of insurance companies are now covering dental hygiene fees. Please check with your insurance provider for details. We follow the Ontario Dental Hygiene Fee Guide. Feel free to call the office to inquire about fees and any services you may be interested in. Click on any of the above services for an explanation as to what they are.
No dentist? No problem. We have compiled a list of dentists in the area who are accepting referrals from our office. Working together is an important aspect of meeting all of your oral health needs. We strongly recommend that you see your dentist on a yearly basis for a check up and x-rays if needed.
On your first visit, you will be given a comprehensive medical, dental and personal history to fill out. This enables me to check on your general health to see if it is safe to proceed with any dental treatment. With the information you provide, I can then formulate a dental hygiene diagnosis and treatment plan.
A thorough intra/extra oral examination will be done and documented followed by a periodontal screening which is recorded and updated when needed. You will be given a visual oral cancer exam at each visit to the Northumberland Dental Hygiene Clinic. Should you deviate from normal in any of the above, I will discuss this with you and make any referrals if deemed necessary.
A preventative treatment in which hand instruments and/or an ultrasonic device are used to rid the teeth of tartar (calculus) and plaque both of which contribute to gum disease (both gingivitis and periodontitis) and tooth decay.
Recent studies have shown that oral hygiene is an essential component to your overall health and well-being. Gum disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, pneumonia, diabetes and low birth-weight babies. Therefore it is important to see your hygienist on a regular basis in order to maintain good oral hygiene. Some typical hand instruments used by a hygienist to clean your teeth are shown on the left. Cavitron tips used in an ultrasonic machine that cleans your teeth are shown on the right.
Removes plaque and certain stain from your teeth using a slow speed handpiece and a soft rubber cup with a paste that is high in fluoride.
For harder to remove stains like nicotine and caffeine, a slurry of baking soda and water can be used under high pressure to eliminate them from the tooth’s surfaces.
Flouride treatments are used to help prevent cavities from occurring by making the tooth’s surface harder in order to resist cavity causing bacteria from invading the tooth. There are a number of different ways to dispense fluoride. One of which is in a tray form. Fluoride foam is dispensed into a tray which is then inserted into the mouth for a time period of up to 4 minutes. There is also a fluoride rinse available in which you swish the fluoride in liquid form in your mouth for 1 minute. This is a great way to receive your fluoride if you tend to gag easily.
There is yet another way to obtain fluoride and that is in a varnish form. The tooth/teeth are dried and a varnish containing fluoride in higher concentrations is applied directly to the tooth/teeth and allowed to dry. This not only prevents cavities from occurring but also helps in desensitizing teeth for those affected by cold temperatures.
For those teeth that are temperature sensitive, a varnish high in fluoride can be applied directly to the tooth’s surface and allowed to dry. As well, a desensitizing solution can be applied using a microbrush directly to the tooth’s surface and allowed to dry.
Here at the Northumberland Dental Hygiene Clinic we use the Wicked White system. We offer both in-office as well as take home whitening kits. For more information on this service please feel free to call the office or drop in for a brochure. We have had and continue to have great results with this product which is known to have very little, if any, sensitivity issues with it’s use.
Who is a good candidate for teeth whitening?
- You should be over 18 years of age.
- Both men and women are equally good candidates for whitening.
- Brides and grooms, wedding parties and people with stained teeth are good candidates.
Who is NOT a good candidate for teeth whitening?
- If you have large cracks in the enamel of your front teeth.
- If you have large fillings or crowns/caps/bridges in the front.
- Sensitive root surfaces.
- If you are pregnant or lactating.
Having your teeth assessed is the best possible way to tell whether or not you should have them whitened.
Are there any side effects to the whitening process?
The only side effect is that some people experience tooth sensitivity during treatment. The symptoms should disappear within 1-3 days after interruption or completion of the whitening.
Sportguards are used in any sport where there could be contact like hockey, rugby, football, soccer and lacrosse to minimize risk of serious injury to your teeth and jaw as well as to prevent concussions. All mouthguards fabricated at the office are created using Pro-form material which was originally developed by a dentist to provide superior intra-oral protection for NHL hockey and NFL football players. An impression of your teeth is taken and then your custom mouthguard is fabricated from that. Same day service can be provided if needed. There are many different colours to choose from.
Why use a custom-fitted mouthguard?
- Clear communication
- More comfortable/less bulky
- Easier breathing
- Better oxygen exchange = better performance
- Minimize or prevent injuries to the soft tissues and teeth as well as prevent potentially serious jaw fractures
- May prevent concussions from occurring
Process of making a mouthguard/sportsguard:
- Take an impression
- Make a model
- Fabricate the mouthguard on vacuum former and trim to ensure a close and comfortable fit
Caring for your mouthguard/sportsguard
- You can use mild soap and water and a soft toothbrush to clean your mouthguard when needed.
- Rinse with cold water or mouthwash before and after each use.
- Store in a rigid container away from heat which includes direct sunlight or glove compartments.
- Check for wear and tear on a regular basis.
- Mouthguards do wear out. They may wear or tear, become loose or too thin. If so, you need a new one.
*Health Canada website on mouthguards: Go to: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/life-vie/mouth-dents-eng.php
Oral Hygiene Instruction
Oral Hygiene Instruction is given to you at each hygiene appointment. Each client will be given instructions on how to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy on an individualized basis. Because every mouth is different, instructions should be individualized to achieve the best results. If you do not understand something that is being explained to you, please feel free to ask questions during the oral hygiene instruction.