Don’t Tax My Health Benefits!

The Ontario Dental Association and the College of Dental Hygienists Association have brought to my attention that our Federal Government Department of Finance is considering taxing your extended health and dental benefits. This could cost you and your family an additional few hundred dollars each year when you file your taxes. It also means that Canadians may be at risk of losing their extended coverage if their employer can’t afford to keep them insured.

As reported by National Post columnist, John Ivison on December 2nd, 2016, the government has identified health and dental benefit packages as a possible source of additional revenue as they prepare for the 2017 Federal Budget. (Article found here: http://news.nationalpost.com/…/federal-liberals-eye-tax-on-…)

The Federal Government needs to hear your opinion on this. Please visit the website http://donttaxmyhealthbenefits.ca for more information on this hot topic and to send your views on this issue to your local MP and the Minister of Finance.

National Dental Hygienists Week

Next week is National Dental Hygienists week April 9-15, 2016 (April is also Oral Health Month).  Please visit our appointment page to schedule your next dental hygiene appointment.  If you are an existing client who needs to schedule an appointment select existing client, choose your provider and the time that fits into your schedule.  Once your appointment is scheduled you will receive a notification that you have scheduled an appointment.

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What is That Machine You’re Using to Clean My Teeth?!

Dental ScalerWhen you come into the Dental Hygiene Clinic to have plaque, calculus and stain removed
from your teeth it is common for hand instruments to be used along with an ultrasonic scaler.
Ultrasonic scaling uses an electrical current that is transformed within the unit to produce movement
on a working tip.
At Heritage Dental Hygiene we are using piezoelectric ultrasonic scaling technology. In
order to convert electrical power to movement in the working tip the piezoelectric scaler uses
ceramic crystal vibrations. The vibratory motion of the crystals is transformed to the tip to produce
a linear movement at 25,000 to 50, 000 cycles per second. The piezoelectric working tip screws
into the end of the hand piece and is available in many angles depending on what the Dental
Hygienist is using the tip for. Due to the tip moving in a linear motion the side of the tip is used to
remove debris on the teeth instead of the actual tip. Very little heat is generated from the
piezoelectric tip which makes its use very comfortable for the client. Water reservoirs attach directly
to each machine and can be interchanged with either distilled water, pleasant flavorings, or
chlorahexadine depending on the individual clients needs.  The piezoelectric ultrasonic scaler at Heritage Dental Hygiene is from an company called Electro Medical Systems founded in Switzerland. The piezoelectric scaler has its own micro controller to ensure client comfort during Dental Hygiene treatment.

How do I know if I have Oral Cancer?

oral-cancer-design2Early detection of oral cancer can save your life. At Heritage Dental Hygiene, your annual visit includes an oral cancer screening. We examine the head and neck for any abnormalities and examine the soft tissues in your mouth. The most common sites to find oral cancer is on the tongue, followed by the lip, floor of the mouth, salivary glands, inside your cheeks, the gingiva, and the palate. Research has shown that people with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop oral cancer. This includes: age, use of tobacco in any form, excessive use of alcohol, chronic irritation of tissues due to ill fitting dentures or fillings, repeated trauma to the mouth and overexposure to the sun.  The key to successful treatment is to recognize the early signs and symptoms.

Please contact us if you have experience any of the following:

  • A sore on the lips, gums, or inside of your mouth that bleeds easily and doesn’t heal
  • A lump or thickening in the cheek that you can feel with your tongue
  • Loss of feeling or numbness in any part of your mouth
  • White or red patches on the gums, tongue or inside of mouth
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing food
  • Soreness or unexplained pain in your mouth, or feeling that something is caught in your throat with no known cause
  • Swelling of the jaw causing dentures to fit poorly
  • Change in voice

Visit us at Heritage Dental Hygiene for your next dental hygiene oral cancer examination.

By: Myra Mckay RDH