May 03

April was Oral Cancer Awareness Month, but it is still important to keep Monitoring!

There are three times as many cases of oral cancer compared to cervical cancer and three times as many oral cancer deaths every year.

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Most of us know the increased risks for oral cancer to be smoking and drinking as the top risk factors, but DID YOU KNOW?

  • The fastest growing patient profile are non-smokers in the 25-50 age range. Yes NON-SMOKERS. White, non-smoking males age 35 and 55 are most at risk, 4 to 1 over females.
  • The CULPRIT is the Human papillomavirus or HPV which also causes cervical cancer in women. You can have HPV without ever knowing it because the virus is often cleared by our immune system without noticeable signs or symptoms. This virus can lay dormant for years without us knowing we were exposed or had it.

What You Can Do to Reduce The Risk

  • Eliminate use of tobacco products and avoid excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Eat a well balanced diet with fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid the combination of tobacco and alcohol.
  • Protect yourself from the sun.
  • Practice safe sex and limit number of sexual partners to reduce risk of getting the HPV infection.
  • Consider the HPV vaccination before becoming sexually active.
  • Screen yourself and see a dental professional regularly for your oral cancer screening.
  • If you notice anything out of the ordinary get it checked out as soon as possible.

What to Look For?

  • Red or White patch in the mouth.
  • Lump or thickening of tissue in the mouth, neck or face.
  • Sore in the mouth, including under a denture or appliance that bleeds easily or does not heal within 14 days
  • Numbness in the mouth or face.
  • Persistent earache in only one side.
  • Continuous sore throat or persistent infection that lasts for a long time or keeps recurring.
  • Hoarseness or change in speech.
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing, speaking, chewing or moving the jaw or tongue.
  • A lump in the throat or feeling something is caught in the throat.

Oral Cancer is the 9th most commonly diagnosed cancer in Canadian males and 14th for Canadian females.

Here is a great educational video on Oral Cancer Self-Exam done by our

College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario.

 

To download your own Oral Cancer Screening Booklet click on this link.

The information contained in this blog was from The Canadian Dental Hygienists Association Oh Canada Magazine Spring Issue 2016.

For more information please check out the following websites.

Oral Cancer Information Sites.

www.oralcancerfoundation.org

www.cancer.ca

www.hpvinfo.ca

www.sexualityandu.ca

Nov 11

Basic Bites Supercharge your Enamel Health

As most of my patients are elderly with an lengthy list of medications and a compromised health history, they have many factors against them in the respect for maintaining good oral health. Their daily oral hygiene is a challenge because of poor dexterity and for many dementia. They are high risk patients for tooth decay and gum disease. We know that this not only compromises their oral health but their overall health, putting them at greater risk for diabetes, respiratory disease, heart disease, stroke and many other diseases.

I always encourage family and friends visiting their loved ones to do them a favour and take part in their homecare. For most, this unfortunately may be the only time it may get done. Since their homecare is challenging, I am looking for additional aids to help in achieving adequate oral health. There have been great xylitol products that buffer the PH of the mouth aiding in lowering the bacteria and acidity of the saliva. But these products have been in the form of gum and mints. With my dementia patients, gum is not a good option, as they will most likely swallow it. With the mints, although small, I am afraid of it being a choking hazard.

I am very excited to have come across a new product offered in the United States and hopefully soon to be here in Canada, in the form of a chocolate chew! Yes I said chocolate…. that is good for your teeth! They are called BasicBites.

It is a sugar-free chew that helps maintain healthy teeth by supporting the normal acid-base (pH) levels that exist on tooth surfaces while coating the teeth with a mineral source. Great for dry mouth and those with excessive acid rich foods in their diet. The ingredients in these chews mimic the vital nutrients found in health saliva. Here is how it works.

They are exclusively sold from their website www.basicbites.com

Feb 22

Dental Care For the Alzheimer’s Patient

Dental Care

As Alzheimer’s progresses, the person with dementia may forget how to brush his or her teeth or forget why it’s important. As a caregiver, you may have to assist or take a more hands-on approach. Proper oral care is necessary to prevent eating difficulties, digestive problems and infections.

Daily oral care

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, dental care focuses on prevention. Getting check-ups and cleaning and flossing teeth regularly can prevent the need for extensive procedures later on, when the person with dementia may be less able to tolerate them.

During the middle and late stages of Alzheimer’s, oral health may become more challenging. The person may forget what to do with toothpaste or how to rinse, or may be resistant to assistance from others. Try these tips:

Loss of appetite may be a sign of mouth pain or ill fitting-dentures.

Provide short, simple instructions.

Explain dental care by breaking directions into steps. “Brush your teeth” by itself may be too vague. Instead, walk the person through the process. Say: “Hold your toothbrush.” “Put paste on the brush.” Then, “Brush your teeth.”

Use a “watch me” technique.

Hold a toothbrush and show the person how to brush his or her teeth. Or, put your hand over the person’s hand, gently guiding the brush. If the person seems agitated or uncooperative, postpone brushing until later in the day.

Keep the teeth and mouth clean.

Brush the person’s teeth at least twice a day, with the last brushing after the evening meal and any nighttime liquid medication. Allow plenty of time and find a comfortable position if you must do the brushing yourself. Gently place the toothbrush in the person’s mouth at a 45 degree angle so you massage gum tissue as you clean the teeth.

If the person wears dentures, rinse them with plain water after meals and brush them daily to remove food particles. Each night, remove them and soak in a cleanser or mouthwash. Then, use a soft toothbrush or moistened gauze pad to clean the gums, tongue and other soft mouth tissues.

Try different types of toothbrushes.

You may find that a soft bristled children’s toothbrush works better than a hard bristled adult’s brush. Or that a long handled or angled brush is easier to use than a standard toothbrush. Experiment until you find the best choice. Be aware that electric dental appliances may confuse a person with Alzheimer’s.

Floss regularly.

Most dentists recommend flossing daily. If using floss is distressing to the person with Alzheimer’s, try using a “proxabrush” to clean between teeth instead.

Be aware of potential mouth pain.

Investigate any signs of mouth discomfort during mealtime. Refusing to eat or strained facial expressions while eating may indicate mouth pain or dentures that don’t fit properly.

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Working with the dentist

Find the right dentist.

Contact your local dental society to find the names of professionals who have experience working with people with dementia or with elderly patients.

Coordinate care.

Provide the dentist with a list of all health care providers who are caring for the person with dementia, as well as a list of all medications. Certain medications can contribute to dry mouth and other oral health issues.

Keep up with regular dental visits for as long as possible.

This will help prevent tooth decay, gum problems, pain and infection.

via Dental Care | Caregiver Center | Alzheimer’s Association.

Feb 17

Gift From The Heart February 7th 2015

Another GFTH success! A full day of clients and 3 wonderful volunteers. A big thank you to Roxanne, Claude & Penny, all amazing dental hygienists! I would also like to thank Pembroke Seniors Drop in Centre for letting me use their amazing facility.

I wish I could have seen many more clients, but will be participating again next year at another location. So until 2016!

 

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Jan 25

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Jan 12

Gift From The Heart 2015

happyclientThis will be our 2nd year participating in this amazing event, that allows dental hygienists to give back to their community.  Click on the following link to learn more about  Gift From the Heart.

This year the location will be at the Pembroke’s Seniors Drop In Centre

On Saturday February 7th from 9am-4pm, we will be opening our hearts and providing dental hygiene services at no cost to help seniors ages 65yrs and older. Spaces are limited, so don’t wait to sign up. To find out more about this event and why your oral health is important at any age, there will be a seminar on January 21st 2015 @10am at the Seniors Centre.

Please call 613 281-0848 if interested in being a participant on February 7th, 2015.

We will also offer denture cleaning, and oral cancer screening from 9am-4pm (no appointment needed).

 

An Idea is formed from our Head and comes from the HEART and is 
Gifted through our Hands.


We are Dental Hygienists and TOGETHER we can make a difference…


One Smile at a Time! 

Dec 15

Oral Lesions & Conditions: A great resource for the dental clinician.

Diagnosis and Management of Oral Lesions and Conditions: A Resource Handbook for the Clinician

Completed an amazing course as a refresher for oral lesions. I highly recommend it to any dental professional. It is free and can be found on the colgate oral health network. Click on the link above to review the resource book. Remember oral cancer screening saves lives and it only takes a couple minutes!

Oct 10

A look back at my first year in business!

I love technology! I think there is almost an app for everything. Check out animoto. I learned about it yesterday at a social media seminar. It is an amazing tool where you put together pictures and videos into a short video with music and cool effects!

I would love to take all the credit for this video, but I would rather share my secret with you, so that you too can create amazing videos of your memories! This video is a look back on my first year as an independent dental hygienist and the highlights of my year! I hope that each and every year is as exciting as this one has been.

 

Sep 23

Festival Of Trees On-Line Auction

Check out Pearly Whites Mobile Dental Hygiene’s Donation for teeth cleaning on Festival Of Trees On-Line Auction Facebook page and make a bid!

Here is the link Festival Of Trees On-Line Auction

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Sep 12

Zdeno Chara has the right attitude when it comes to Mouth Guards!

Because we don’t want you to lose, especially when it comes to your teeth!

 

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