Is it safe to go to the dentist now?
Dentists and hygienists have years of training in infection control and prevention.
Effective patient screening protocols.
Active steps to reduce aerosols.
Increased cleaning protocols.
Fewer patients per day.
How do dentists disinfect surfaces and what do they do with surfaces that can’t be disinfected?
Clinical contact surfaces are cleaned and disinfected between patients and at the end of the workday using an appropriate disinfectant. We also use barriers, which are particularly effective for surfaces that are difficult to disinfect. Barriers are removed and the underlying surfaces are disinfected before being replaced by clean barriers. Dilute detergents are used to periodically clean floors and walls.
Why does my dentist/hygienist want to know about my medical history?
Your dental hygienist needs to know about your past and current health conditions. Most dental treatment is routine but sometimes a health condition can influence the way dental care is provided. For example: patients with an artificial heart valve may need to take preventive antibiotics to help prevent infections before certain dental procedures. Thus, your dental hygienist is required to take an initial complete medical history and perform regular check-ins to make necessary updates.
What is a dental hygienist?
A Dental hygienist is a primary oral health care professional who provides clinical assessments and therapy, oral health education, and health promotion strategies to people of all ages. Dental hygienists work in a variety of settings, including: public health, dental hygiene practices, dental offices, hospitals, long-term care facilities, educational institutions, etc. Many dental hygienists also participate in scientific research studies relating to dental hygiene procedures.
What do dental hygienists do?
What is a dental hygiene exam?
review your medical and dental history
examine tongue, gums, teeth and all other areas of your mouth
measure the attachment of the gums to your teeth (probing)
perform a visual & tactile oral cancer screening
assess current hygiene habits
use an intra-oral camera
record all findings on your chart
make appropriate recommendations and referrals
What should I expect at my first dental hygiene appointment?
On your first visit, a medical and dental history review will be completed and reviewed by the hygienist to determine if dental hygiene care can be safely provided. A comprehensive examination of your oral cavity (mouth) will be done to determine the condition of your oral health and to collaboratively develop a treatment plan for your specific needs.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
A schedule for dental health maintenance should be established after a complete dental hygiene exam, which is included in your first visit. Some clients can have their oral health needs met with twice-yearly visits, while other clients require more. Our ultimate goal is to create a schedule that keeps your teeth and gums healthy.
What happens if I have a cavity?
We have a dentist that works in our office twice a month so that we can handle your cavities in office. If you require extensive dental treatment, we partner with a dental office in Oakville to make sure your needs are met promptly and with care.
I haven't had a cleaning in years. Is that ok?
We love helping our clients get their oral health back on track! We provide a judgement free zone to help you regain control and put you back on the path to optimal oral health and wellness. If you don't have a dentist that you see currently, we can connect you with one for an exam and treatment as required!
Does ADH accept dental insurance?
Yes, we process your dental insurance or benefits and offer assignment. We will bill your insurance provider directly and will receive payment from your insurance. This means that you will only have to pay the difference of what your insurance doesn’t cover, reducing the amount of money you will need to pay upfront. We would be happy to check your insurance coverage.
What are your methods of payment?
We accept cash, e-transfer, Debit, Visa or Mastercard.
How much does a cleaning cost?
A typical visit with a dental hygienist at our clinic can cost anywhere from $120 - $210+ depending on your needs (the longer it takes to remove tartar, the more it costs). We offer an assessment to discuss your estimated cost, as well as offering payment plans to make taking care of your oral hygiene affordable for you.