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Oral Health Care Appointments
Maintaining good oral hygiene is an essential part of any dental care plan. 123Dentist is dedicated to continuous dental care for all people. Our dentists and dental hygienists offer dental hygiene services from dental clinics across Canada.
Preventative care is simple when you see your dental hygienist according to your patient specific needs. Regular appointments with a dental hygienist can result in:
- The prevention of oral disease
- The prevention of tooth decay
- Reduced risk of periodontal disease
- Screening for oral cancer
- Overall physical health promotion
Dental Hygiene Services Offered
123Dentist has a network of professional dentists, dental hygienists, and dental specialists across Canada.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
Having your dental hygiene appointment scheduled regularly is essential for your oral health and your overall health! We recommend patient-specific dental hygiene appointments based on your needs.
Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in your teeth. By adding professional-grade fluoride to your teeth when indicated at your dental hygiene appointment, we can strengthen your teeth and further prevent tooth decay.
Periodontal (gum) disease refers to any infection that impacts the gums around your teeth. Your dental hygienist will assess your gums for signs of periodontal disease and may recommend further periodontal treatment from your dentist or a periodontist.
Dental sealants are light coatings that can be easily painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent cavities from forming. Sealants block food and other substances from settling into small holes in the teeth.
What to Expect from Your Dental Hygiene Appointment
As with any type of dental service, your appointment will begin by checking in with reception at the dental clinic nearest you. Our dental network includes hundreds of locations across Canada, so there are plenty to choose from!
Once you’ve been brought in for your appointment, your dental hygienist works on your teeth and gums, cleaning away plaque and calculus from the surface of your teeth. The dental hygienist may also take and develop dental x-rays, apply fluoride treatments, and assess the health of your teeth, gums, and tongue.
Before you leave your appointment, your dental hygienist will provide you with a full oral health education and a personalized at-home care plan that you can follow to keep your mouth healthy and clean between appointments. You may also be provided with techniques and tools for brushing, flossing, and other oral hygiene care.
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Tips for Maintaining Your Dental Hygiene at Home
Making regular dental hygiene appointments is one way to keep your mouth as healthy as it can be.
Here are a few top dental hygiene care tips for at-home oral health from 123Dentist’s oral hygienists:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and don’t skip your bedtime brushing routine; otherwise, everything you’ve eaten throughout the day will have time to settle in your mouth!
- Remember that plaque builds up on your tongue as well as your teeth. Lightly brush your tongue with a specific tongue brush or with your regular toothbrush to remove plaque during your usual brushing routine.
- Make flossing easier. If you can’t use regular floss, ask your dental hygienist for other options to clean in between your teeth.
- Drink water after eating meals and enjoying sugary or acidic beverages such as fruit juice or soda. This will help rinse out your mouth so acidic substances don’t have time to settle.
- Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet with plenty of calcium. Crunchy fruits and vegetables can also help keep your teeth in top condition, so skip the fruit juice and crunch right into that apple instead!
- Remember to schedule your dental hygiene appointments regularly to support your at-home routine with professional care. If you can, rebook your appointment before you leave the dental clinic to ensure you stay on top of your oral health for the remainder of the year.
Registered Dental Hygienists
You can trust that your dental hygienist will provide you with patient specific care. Dental hygiene is a highly regulated health profession with rigorous requirements for registration and accreditation. You can always expect quality care from your dental hygienist.
Before beginning their dental hygiene practices, dental hygienists must have successful completion of their secondary school dental hygiene programs. Many also possess Bachelor of Science degrees or other post-secondary education and are part of provincial regulatory bodies, such as the Dental Hygienists of Ontario (or other provincial bodies). Accreditation for dental hygienists comes from the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada, the same body responsible for the accreditation of dentists and dental specialists.