Frequently Asked Questions
- How common is gum disease?
- How does gum disease get started?
- How can I prevent gum disease?
- How can I tell if I'm brushing and flossing properly?
- What if I am already in the early stages of gum disease?
- What is fluoride? How does fluoride prevent tooth decay?
- What are sealants?
- Can you refer me to a dentist if I need to see one?
- Do you work with specialists?
- Does my dental insurance cover me?
- How much does it cost?
- How soon can I get an appointment?
- How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
- Do you use latex free products in your office?
- When should I take my children for their first dental hygiene appointment?
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How common is gum disease?
Seven out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some time in their lives. It is the most common dental problem, and it can progress quite painlessly until you have a real problem. That's why it is so important to prevent gum disease before it becomes serious.
How does gum disease get started?
Gum disease begins when plaque adheres at and below the visible edge of your gums.
If plaque is not removed every day by brushing and flossing, it hardens into
tartar (also called calculus). Tartar promotes a bacterial infection at the
point of attachment. In these early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis.
Your gums may be a bit red, but you may not notice anything. As gingivitis gets more serious, tiny pockets of infection form. Your gums may be puffy and may bleed a little when you brush, but it is not painful. Over time, the infection destroys the gum tissue. Eventually, you may be at risk of losing one or more teeth.
How can I prevent gum disease?
Prevention is the most important factor in the fight against gum disease. It is essential
to keep your teeth and gums clean. Brush your teeth properly at least twice a day and
floss at least once every 24 hours.
Using proper brushing and flossing techniques is equally important. Be sure to see your dentist regularly for professional cleaning and dental exams, so that he or she can detect any early signs of gum disease, and provide appropriate treatment.
How can I tell if I'm brushing and flossing properly?
Brush your teeth gently, paying special attention to the areas where your teeth and gums meet. Clean every surface of every tooth. Use the tip of your brush to clean behind your upper and lower front teeth. Take a piece of floss about 18 inches long and wrap it around your middle fingers. Using a clean section of floss each time, wrap the floss into a C shape around a tooth. Wipe it over the tooth, from base to tip, a couple of times. Repeat on each tooth.
What if I am already in the early stages of gum disease?
If you have gum disease, getting rid of plaque and tartar gives your gums a chance to get better. That's why in the early stages of gum disease, the best treatment is: Have your teeth cleaned by your dentist or dental hygienist to remove built-up tartar, brushing twice a day to remove plaque and flossing once a day to remove plaque.
What is fluoride? How does fluoride prevent tooth decay?
Fluoride is a mineral found in soil, water (both fresh and salt) and various foods. Fluoride has a positive effect on oral health by making teeth more resistant to decay. Fluoride can also prevent or even reverse tooth decay that has started.
What are sealants?
Sealants are a thin, plastic coating that are painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth, usually the back teeth (the premolars, and molars) to prevent tooth decay. The painted on liquid sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and groves of the teeth forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Can you refer me to a dentist if I need to see one?
Yes. After a comprehensive assessment walk in Dental Hygiene Care has a network of dental professionals that we can refer you to as necessary.
Do you work with specialists?
We have a network of specialists that include oral surgeons, periodontists, and orthodontists.
Does my dental insurance cover me?
Most dental insurance companies recognize and reimburse clients for services provided by us. We are glad to assist you in finding out that information for you.
How much does it cost?
Each individual needs are different and the fee reflects the service being provided and the time required to perform them. Walk In Dental Hygiene care follows the current suggested fee guide from The Ontario Dental Hygienists Association. You may view the fee guide at ODHA
How soon can I get an appointment?
Our team works hard to provide flexible hours and appointment times to accommodate your busy schedule. Walk In Dental Hygiene Care is open Monday to Saturday with evening appointments available. Call us to arrange a time that is convenient for you. Walk In clients are always welcome at Walk In Dental Hygiene Care and will accommodate you whenever possible.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
The dental hygienist will assess the condition of your mouth and will personalize the frequency of your visits. Clients with periodontal disease and health issues are recommended to be seen more often while clients with good oral health and no health concerns usually it is recommended to be seen every 6-9 months.
Do you use latex free products in your office?
Walk in Dental Hygiene Care uses non latex and powder free gloves and products that do not contain latex or gluten.
When should I take my children for their first dental hygiene appointment?
We recommend at the age of 3-4, children should have their first visit to a dental office or earlier if you have any concerns.