Jack Pine Dental Hygiene
Now taking new patients!
Monday to Saturday by appointment in Slave Lake
Swan Hills Health Care Center contact for dates
If you are new to Independent Dental Hygiene Clinics, we understand that you might have some questions. We are confident that we have the answers to your inquiries.
Below are the answers to the questions that are most commonly asked about Dental Hygiene treatment. Should you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.
What is a Registered Dental Hygienist?
Dental hygienists are primary health care providers whose area of expertise focus on preventive education and treatment surrounding oral health care and health promotion. They must be in good standing with the College of Registered Dental Hygienists’ of Alberta in order to practice in the province. To verify if your dental hygienist is registered, please visit: http://www.crdha.ca, look under find a dental hygienist. If you do not find the name, call the college directly at 1-877-465-1756.
Are dental hygienists allowed to work without a dentist?
YES! Now you have a choice!
In 2006 the laws in Alberta changed to reflect the importance of increasing access of care to the residents of the province.
With this change, Registered Dental Hygienists may provide their services in settings other than a dental office. They may choose to have their own office or travel to their patient's place of residence.
Regardless of what setting Dental Hygienists choose they must practice according to the:
CRDHA Code of Ethics
College Standards of Practice
Dental Hygiene Act, 1991
Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991
Why should you choose Jack Pine Dental Hygiene for your dental cleanings?
At Jack Pine Dental Hygiene we strive to provide quality service in a relaxing environment.
We are happy to offer the residents of Slave Lake and surrounding area an alternative to the traditional dental office and would be a proud member of your oral health team.
How often should I get my teeth cleaned?
Frequency recommendations are client specific. As there are many factors that determine how often you should have your teeth cleaned, the recommendation can only be determined after your first examination.
Do I still need to see a dentist?
At Jack Pine Dental Hygiene our main focus is prevention, not repair. Assessments are done at each of your appointments, if any concerns are observed these will be discussed with you and will be given the appropriate referral. If you have a dentist that you trust we encourage you to continue to see them for any treatment they may suggest. If you are looking for a dentist, we will gladly recommend one.
Working together is an important aspect of meeting all of your oral health needs.
Does my insurance cover me?
Alberta Blue Cross, Manulife, Sunlife, and Great West Life are just a few of the insurance companies that accept dental hygiene service fees. We would be happy work with yon to contact your insurance provider to determine what services are covered. For those without any coverage Dental Hygiene services may be tax deductible.
How much does it cost?
As treatments are patient specific costs will vary.
"Perio" means around, and "dontal" refers to teeth. Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth, which include the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria in dental plaque, the sticky substance that forms on your teeth a couple of hours after you have brushed. Interestingly, it is your body's response to the bacterial infection that causes most of the problems. In an effort to eliminate the bacteria, the cells of your immune system release substances that cause inflammation and destruction of the gums, periodontal ligament or alveolar bone. This leads to swollen, bleeding gums, signs of gingivitis (the earliest stage of periodontal disease that affects only the gums), and loosening of the teeth, a sign of severe periodontitis (the advanced stage of disease where is in the bone). Practicing good oral hygiene and visiting your dental hygienist regularly can prevent periodontal disease. Daily brushing and flossing, when done correctly, help remove most of the plaque from your teeth. Professional cleanings by your dental hygienist will keep plaque under control in places that are harder for a toothbrush or floss to reach.
The goal of preventive hygiene is to keep your mouth healthy for a lifetime. We can give you the tools to improve
your oral condition, this can mean less dental treatment in the future. The two main causes of tooth loss are decay and gum disease.
The better you prevent or deal with these two problems, the more chance you will have of keeping your teeth for life.
When the dental professionals and patients work together, dental treatment becomes less frequent - especially fillings and extractions.
We will work with you toward a dental maintenance and education plan to help you keep your mouth beautiful and healthy.
Tooth whitening lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discolouration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can greatly improve how your teeth look. It will need to be repeated from time to time if you want to maintain the brighter colour.
The most common reasons for teeth to get yellow or stained are:
Drinking dark-coloured liquids such as coffee, cola, tea and red wine
Not taking good care of your teeth
Aging can also make teeth less bright as the enamel gets thinner and the dentin becomes darker. It is also possible to have stains inside the tooth. Tooth whitening is most effective on surface stains. If your gums have receded, the exposed roots of your teeth may appear yellow or discoloured. Whitening products will not make them whiter. If you have tooth decay or receding gums, whitening may make your teeth sensitive. Whitening does not work on ceramic or porcelain crowns or veneers.