Your dental hygienist can do more than just remove tartar, stain, and plaque from your teeth. Your dental hygienist is also your oral systemic health advocate that can educate you on how to achieve a clean, healthy and happy smile!
Here is why this appointment is so important for you
- An oral cancer screening of the head, neck and intra-oral areas is completed. As dental providers, it is our responsibility to check these areas for you to make sure you are in good overall health.
- We are able to take a look at your medications and health and determine how they affect your mouth and your overall health.
- We are able to honestly assess your current home care routine and work with you in implement modifications to help you reduce the bacteria in your mouth. Did you know it is not all about flossing? A recent study outlining the benefits of using inter-dental products can reduce the bacteria between your teeth more effectively.
- We are going to take pictures of your teeth, head, and current dental work. This creates an identifiable record of you.
- 75% of the population has periodontal disease and we are going to determine if you are part of that 75%. If you are, we will show you how to treat it so you are not passing it along to loved ones.
- We are going to gather information about you and your oral health and if needed, we can refer you for further treatment should you require it.
- Not sure what toothpaste to buy? Should you use a manual or an electric toothbrush? We will show you evidence-based research to make sure you are using the right products to take care of your mouth.
- We will provide you with a nice summary report of your visit with us. It will include information about your mouth and customized information about how you can take care of your mouth at home.
Here are a few things that you should know about your appointment.
We require you to complete a new medical form. If you are an existing client of ours, it may have been a while since you have completed a medical form for us and we want to stay current with your health. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to allow for a stress-reduced appointment. Arriving late can affect the amount of time your hygienist has to spend with you.
There are many medical conditions and medications that may influence dental hygiene treatment. Please bring a full written list of the medications, supplements, and vitamins you are taking with you to your appointment. In your list, include the dose you are taking for each medication, as well as how often you are taking the medication. With new regulations in place from the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, your dental hygienist is required to take your blood pressure prior to proceeding with your appointment. If you wear an intra-oral appliance, such as denture, retainers or a night guard, please bring them to your appointment.
In order for us to best treat you, please visit the link below to print and complete the new client form. Please remember to bring this form to your appointment. If you are not able to complete the new client form in advance, when you arrive early for your appointment, we will help you complete the form.
Your appointment will take about an hour. This includes your hygienist reviewing your records with you. It may take an extra 10 minutes for our administration team to put your findings together. This appointment is a records appointment, so come prepared to have a head photograph and intra-oral photographs taken.
The complete dental hygiene examination and diagnosis appointment includes:
- History; personal, medical, dental, and oral risk factors are reviewed.
- Vital signs are assessed and your blood pressure is taken.
- Extra-oral examination of the head and neck is performed; including the temporomandibular joint, lymph nodes, symmetry and skin lesions are all assessed.
- Intra-oral examination including examination of the lips, oral mucosa, frena, hard and soft palate, tonsillar pillars, oropharynx, tongue, the floor of the mouth, salivary flow and assessment of edentulous arches.
- Dental hygiene examination includes development anomalies, risk assessment for caries and carious lesions, existing restoration, missing teeth, rotations, diastemas, contacts, occlusal relationships, para-functional habits, attrition, abrasion, ab-fraction, erosion, pulp-vitality, sensitivity, and discomfort. The dental hygiene examination may include collaboration and or referral with an oral health care provider.
- Periodontal assessment includes risk assessment for periodontal disease, bleeding upon probing, medications, local contributing factors, history of periodontitis, gingival health, sulcus depths, adequacy of attached gingiva, gingival inflammation, signs of disease progression: recession, clinical attachment level, furcation involvement, tooth mobility, occlusal trauma, mucogingival conditions and may include radiograph interpretation and referral as necessary.
- Oral self-care assessment includes oral hygiene and possibly microbiological assessment, general health activities and nutrition related to oral health.
- Intra-oral and extra-oral photos are taken of your mouth, head, and neck.
Upon completion of your dental hygiene examination, clients are provided with a summary report detailing their findings and recommendations. At the end of your appointment, you will be given a custom oral hygiene take-home package that includes a toothbrush, floss and lip balm!