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Resources For Healthy Teeth

Resources To Keep Your Smile Healthy & Beautiful

At To The Root Dental Hygiene, we value oral health education and providing outstanding care. Follow our blog for resources and posts that will share our knowledge, and keep you informed.

Nano-Hydroxyapatite: A Comprehensive Guide

Nano-Hydroxyapatite: A Comprehensive Guide

Nano-Hydroxyapatite: A Comprehensive Guide So, first things first, I recognize that some topics are quite heated in dentistry and for some people, “Fluoride” is one of those things. I recognize that each person has their values and concerns when it comes to the...

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The Compound Effect of Good Oral Hygiene Habits

The Compound Effect of Good Oral Hygiene Habits

The compound effect of good oral hygiene habits. A healthy smile awaits… Have you ever wondered what is the key to oral health or why you have chronic oral health conditions like gum disease and cavities? Brace yourself, because we are about to unveil some information...

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Understanding the Mysteries of Dental Benefits

Understanding the Mysteries of Dental Benefits

Understanding the Mysteries of Dental Benefits   All the things you want to know, and then maybe some extras you didn’t know you needed. I will be speaking to you candidly and in a generalized manner because everything is unique to each person/situation, but I’m...

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Unlocking the Link Between Diabetes and Oral Health

Unlocking the Link Between Diabetes and Oral Health

November is Diabetes Awareness Month! “Adults 20 or older with diabetes are 40% more likely to have untreated cavities than similar adults without diabetes."(Sourced from the CDC) Did you know that having Diabetes not only affects blood sugar levels (systemic health)...

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Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Oral Health

Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Oral Health

World Alzheimer month is every September, and this is a good time to reflect on the relationship between it and gum disease. Here’s a very basic description of what’s going on: What we know is that “bad” bacteria found in the mouths of those with periodontal (gum)...

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Oral Cancer – What You Need To Know

Oral Cancer – What You Need To Know

Oral cancer is a significant health concern that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by an abnormal growth of cells that can occur in the mouth, lips, tongue, and/or throat. It has the potential to be life-threatening if not detected early...

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Connecting Oral Health & Heart Health

Connecting Oral Health & Heart Health

February is “Heart Month”, so it’s a great time to address the connection between oral health and heart health! Gum Disease Can Be Avoided First off, Periodontal Disease aka Gum Disease is a PREVENTABLE chronic inflammatory condition of the areas in the bone...

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What is Halitosis (also known as bad breath)?

What is Halitosis (also known as bad breath)?

What is Halitosis (also known as bad breath)? A fairly common problem that is caused by a few factors, such as poor oral hygiene (bacteria), periodontal (gum) disease, specific foods/drinks, tobacco use, specific medications, and medical conditions. Tips to Reduce Bad...

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Oral Health Month

Oral Health Month

April is Oral Health Month! Our favourite part of it is National Dental Hygienist’s Week. Every year, we try to positively impact our community by providing oral health education sessions in classrooms, colouring contest draw, distributing oral hygiene packs to those...

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Since opening my practice in 2019, Teeth Whitening or Bleaching is one of the main questions I get asked about. More so, than when I worked in a traditional dental setting. As a provider, I felt like I did not want to recommend it because I had heard such terrible...

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Does my child need Fluoride?

Does my child need Fluoride?

That depends, as a Dental Hygienist, I treat each person (child or adult) individually. What I recommended for one of my patients may not be necessary for the next patient.  Before We Being Before we get into whether fluoride is the right choice for you or your child,...

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Veneers, crowns, and bridges … Oh my.

Veneers, crowns, and bridges … Oh my.

I did a poll to see what people wanted more information on. I will address a few of dental treatment options that have a similar process. Veneers What are they? It can be used to make misaligned/gapped teeth look straight (as an alternative to orthodontic treatment),...

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The Polish

The Polish

I had a fellow dental hygienist ask me to write on this topic. One of the main purposes of polishing is to remove extrinsic/external stain. What is Polishing In the dental hygiene codes, it’s referred to as “stain removal (00531), and in the dental codes, it’s...

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Dental Insurance Demystified

Dental Insurance Demystified

We are breaking down dental insurance myths! Myth #1 - My dental insurance tells what I need for treatment. No, your benefit plan may be determined by you or your employer. It is meant to offset the regular cost (think of it as a coupon). When they make plans, they...

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Toothbrushing

Toothbrushing

How long do I need to brush my teeth? How Often? Twice a day is critical to remove the bacteria/plaque every 12 hours. Your toothbrush should be changed every 3 months, after you have been sick, or if it’s worn out (ideally, you won’t be brushing hard enough that this...

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