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Top 5 Reasons You Should Floss

August 5, 2014 @ 2:38 pm
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Flossing is a dental hygiene procedure that involves the use of a cord of thin filament to remove food and dental plaque from the spaces between teeth. Compared to regular brushing, this is a more effective technique for prevention of periodontal diseases and tooth loss. Despite this, people often give reasons why they don’t floss. Some people say that they simply don’t know how to floss. For others, it is the discomfort that comes with flossing for the initial few times before getting used to it. However, if you really value your dental health, then take a moment and consider these top 5 reasons why you should be flossing.

1. Flossing is more effective than brushing
If the main reason you brush your teeth is to ensure good breath and to keep your teeth and gums disease free, then know you can achieve superior results by incorporating flossing. Your teeth have five surfaces that require regular cleaning. Brushing only cleans three of these: top, inside and outer surfaces. However, flossing takes care of the two other surfaces that a regular toothbrush can’t access: the spaces between the teeth, as well as between teeth and gums.

2. Prevention of tartar buildup
When plaque builds up in the spaces between teeth, it hardens rapidly to form tartar. This attracts bacteria, which produce acid that eats up the tooth enamel, leading to teeth sensitivity and tooth decay. Tartar accumulation on teeth is quite a hard substance to get rid of, and often requires the attention of a dental professional. However, you can prevent the buildup of such unwanted substances on your teeth by flossing regularly.

3. Disease Prevention
Flossing does a great job at preventing dental health complications. However, did you know that the onset and escalation of other more life threatening conditions such as oral cancer, diabetes and heart disease can be traced to poor oral hygiene? With proper brushing and flossing, you ensure the good health of your entire body system.

4. Saving Money
People with dental problems require more that the recommended twice a year visits to the dentist. Be it for simple tooth filling, extraction or root canal treatment in extreme cases, the cost of some dental procedures can run into thousands of dollars. However, by ensuring proper hygiene through flossing and brushing of teeth, you cut on the number of visits to the dentist and the complexity of any procedure that might be necessary to restore your dental health.

5. Promotion of Good Oral Hygiene
Proper dental hygiene goes beyond mere cleaning of teeth to ensuring the health of gums, as well as prevention of bad breath (halitosis). You can suffer bad breath while still brushing your teeth regularly, as plaque builds up in areas that the tooth brush can’t reach. You can however prevent such conditions by flossing twice daily to remove food particles between your teeth, as well as in the spaces where teeth and gums meet.

The above top 5 reasons you should be flossing give you the power to take proper actions to save your oral health and to protect yourself from worse health complications. We would be glad to hear from you, in case you need further information on flossing, or assistance with any other dental problem. Talk to us today for a chance to solve your dental health issues for good.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Need a Dental Hygienist

June 27, 2014 @ 3:59 pm
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They say that life is short and you can only make the best of it while it lasts. So, please your palate with whatever you fancy and make merry, but remember to brush your teeth and floss. Above all, remember to honor your appointments with your dental hygienist.

Do you often find reasons to skip such appointments simply because your teeth aren’t aching, or you feel the visits have become too frequent? Consider that no matter how well you brush your teeth and floss; there will be some buildup of tartar and plaque on teeth in some of those hard-to-reach parts of the mouth. You will thus need a dental hygienist to use specialized tools to clean the teeth and remove the accumulated tartar and plaque. This will also prevent gum diseases and save you from loss of teeth. In order to get a better picture of why you really need a dental hygienist, below are some five reasons:

1. To save costs on more expensive oral health treatments
Prevention is better than cure. But have you ever wondered how great things could be if you followed this adage in managing your oral health? By visiting your dental hygienist regularly, you will be preventing buildup of more complicated dental problems such as tooth cavities and root canal infections that could require more expensive procedures to treat. You can therefore save yourself, and your family, from complicated health conditions and excessive medical bills by scheduling regular visits to your dental hygienist.

2. To Prevent Other Diseases
Poor oral health has been linked to the onset and progression of more hard-to-treat diseases such as diabetes, respiratory complications and heart disease. These are not only painful conditions; they are also fatal and expensive to treat. Fortunately, your next visit to a dental hygienist could lead to the detection and thus early treatment of these, among other health problems. This could save your life!

3. To Prevent oral cancer
Though there have been great strides made in the diagnosis and treatment of oral cancer, that’s no good reason to just throw yourself at the “tethered dog”. Since you cherish your life and health, plan to get screened for oral cancer at your next visit to a dental hygienist.

4. To Boost your Self esteem
Chew garlic or mint flavored bubble gum just before kissing. Weren’t you taught that this prevents bad breath? Missing teeth and dental fluorosis can also eat into your self-esteem and limit the extent to which you can laugh and enjoy life with friends. At times there is little that you can do on your own to solve such problems. Fortunately, you can easily restore your self-esteem through both preventive and curative oral health care from a qualified dental hygienist.

5. To keep your teeth for a lifetime
There are amazing dentures and other fixtures in the market to cover missing teeth. But at what cost do most such high end products come? As you will realize, a dental hygienist can help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime at a fraction of what it would cost you to get artificial fittings. What’s more, she will show you simple and proven ways in which you can guarantee good oral health over your lifetime.

So, now you have them, the top five reasons why you need a dental hygienist. If you value your teeth, cherish that smile and want to keep oral cancer, heart disease and diabetes at bay, then it’s time to book your appointment here for a thorough checkup by our dental hygienists.

What is Gift From The Heart?

January 9, 2014 @ 1:35 pm
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What is Gift From the Heart?

Gift from the heart was founded in 2009 by Bev Woods, an Independent Registered Dental Hygienist in Trenton Ontario. Her idea was simple, to set aside one day a year to give back to the community and to not only offer no cost dental hygiene care, but to bring public awareness to the large number of Ontarian’s unable to afford basic preventive oral health care. Little did she know that Registered Dental Hygienists from across the country would want to join in, and so this event takes place on the Saturday before Valentine’s Day every year with a growing number of registrants from every province where Registered Dental Hygienists are able to practice independently.

In Ontario, legislation changed back in 2007 allowing Registered Dental Hygienists to practice their services outside the traditional dental office. Due to this change, there have been many independent dental hygiene practices, both stand alone and mobile, opened across the province. The Gift From The Heart event has become an integral part of spreading the word regarding this change and increasing awareness regarding the public’s right to choose their health care provider.

Because this event is exclusive to Independent registered dental hygienists. Some hygienists will rent a chair or volunteer their time on this day, and many Independent practices will open their doors to the public. Dental Hygienists are very passionate people who enjoy sharing their knowledge and skills, especially with those in need, this day offer the perfect forum to do just that.

Why we are participating

At the DHG we are proud not only to be one of the few Independent Dental Hygiene Practices listed in Etobicoke, but we are also proud to be a member of this community and feel excited to have the opportunity to show we care.

This event is not simply about “free cleanings” it is more importantly about helping those in need beyond the immediate results that a professional cleaning will provide. We plan to not only provide our services at no cost, but we will also be offering education regarding such things as, the link between oral and systemic disease, caring for infants teeth, dietary considerations, oral side effects of medications, and proper brushing and flossing techniques. Many of us take for granted the value of some of the most basic information that is learned through regular preventive oral care appointments. For the segment of the population that cannot afford these services, much of this information goes unlearned, and may lead to many oral and general health problems.

This will be the 6th consecutive year for the event, but 2014 marks the first year that we will be participating. It will take place on Saturday February 8th at our Etobicoke clinic at the corner of Bloor & Islington, and is open to those who could not otherwise afford basic dental hygiene care by appointment only.

Are you a candidate?

This event is open to adults as well as children.

Your response to some simple questions will determine your eligibility. Please call or send us an email to get started!

Space is limited and is based on a first come first serve basis so don’t delay!


Want to volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer. The more the merrier.

We are in specific need of Registered Dental Hygienists that are licensed to self-initiate, as well as dental assistants.

Are you a student in either of these fields? We would love for you to come and participate. In fact, if you have educational displays that you have worked on we would be interested in utilizing them for this day.

We are thrilled to be able to be a part of this event, with your help we can make this a huge success so please don’t hesitate to contact us!

To be a volunteer or apply to be a client please contact us directly at: 416-799-8344

Or email: info@www.dentalhygienegroup.ca

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Some Things Only a Dental Hygienist Can Do!

November 25, 2013 @ 1:15 pm
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home-pageSome of us tend to trivialize the importance of taking care of our oral health. Most of us brush our teeth twice a day, some floss, some don’t. The question is, is it really enough?

Dental Hygienists are an important part of the health-care system. They are there to help you take good care of your teeth, oral hygiene and oral health.  Your hygienist isn’t only there to do the professional teeth cleaning, but will also examine your oral health and will educate you on the best ways to take care of your oral health at home.

Even with a diligent brushing and flossing routine at home, there is always some of the plaque that will stay on your teeth, which can eventually turn into tarter (hardened plaque) and will be threatening to your oral health.

A professional teeth cleaning is a procedure that will remove the plaque that your toothbrush and floss can’t get rid of as well of the tarter. The process includes, inter alia, tooth scaling (the removal of the plaque or tarter) and tooth polishing (stain removal & also makes it difficult for the plaque to accumulate on the tooth surface).

Top 6 Reasons Why to Get Professional Cleaning from a Dental Hygienist:

  • preventing gum disease,

  • have a brighter and whiter smile,

  • prevent bad breath,

  • detect dental problems early

  • prevent oral cancer,

  • educate yourself about oral hygiene and health & many more.

Did you know that on top of all those great benefits, there is also a connection between oral and overall health? According to recent studies, there is a link between strokes, heart attacks and gum diseases resulting from poor oral hygiene.

Also, since a high percentage of health conditions have an oral component some of which are; swollen or bleeding gums, metallic taste, bad breath, ulcers and several other changes in the oral health. Since most people have regular oral care, your hygienist may be the first to notice health problems at its early stages.

To help maintaining a healthy oral hygiene, in general, it is recommended to get a dental cleaning every six month. Although, depending on your oral health condition, your hygienist will advise you on how often you need your dental cleaning.

Remember that your dental hygienist is always there to give you tips on how to manage a good dental hygiene.  Ask for advice and information on how to maintain the health of your teeth specific to your condition.

Keep on smiling!


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