PEARLY WHITES MOBILEServices
We provide dental hygiene services wherever they are needed—covering all of the Ottawa Valley. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, retirement home, or assisted living complex, we would love to bring our services to them!
Oral Hygiene Assessment
Comprehensive Oral Hygiene Assessment: On your first visit a medical and dental history will be completed and reviewed by the hygienist to determine if dental hygiene care can be safely provided. A comprehensive examination of your head, neck, and mouth will be done to determine the condition of your oral health and develop a treatment plan with you, specific to your needs.
Professional Teeth Cleaning: Scaling and Root Planning is the removal of calculus (tartar) from the teeth both above and below the gumline. Tooth polishing is the mechanical removal of bacterial plaque and extrinsic stain from tooth surfaces. A soft rubber cup is used with a grit paste. The removal of bacterial plaque and calculus helps maintain healthy teeth and gums, aiding in the prevention of gingivitis and periodontal disease (gum disease).
Fluoride Treatment: A fluoride treatment will be offered to you if you have a history of decay or have sensitive teeth. Fluoride varnish is a protective coating that is applied to the tooth’s surface. It is not a permanent varnish but it is able to stay in contact with the tooth surface for several hours. This treatment assists in strengthening and remineralizing the tooth structure helping in the prevention of cavities and aids in desensitization.
Needle-Free Anesthetic: Oraqix is a needle-free subgingival (below the gumline) anesthetic for use in adults requiring local anesthesia (freezing) in periodontal pockets during scaling or root planing procedures. To help patients who are sensitive during their appointments.
Denture Cleaning & Labelling
While you are having your hygiene appointment we will happily clean your dentures in a glass of water for you. We also educate on proper care of them and recommend that you take them out nightly. We will also check how they fit and make the proper referral if needed.
Oral Cancer Screening
At every hygiene appointment an oral cancer screen is performed, regardless of age, and we educate the client about risk factors. Early detection is key, so visit a dental professional regularly.
Oral cancer is becoming more common in younger Canadians. It is the 13th most common and fastest-growing type of cancer.
Risk factors for developing oral cancer are:
- sun exposure of the lips
Watch for :
- red or white patches in the mouth
- lump or thickening of the tissue in the mouth, neck, or face
- sores in the mouth that bleed or do not heal within 14 days
- numbness in mouth or face
- pain or difficulty swallowing, speaking, chewing, or moving the
- tongue or jaw
- a hoarse throat that lasts for a long period of time
- wartlike masses inside the mouth
Dentine hypersensitivity is a sensation felt when the nerves inside the dentin of the teeth are exposed to the environment. This can be caused by various factors including receding gums, toothbrush abrasion, grinding or wearing of teeth, and erosion of enamel. The sensation can range from irritation to intense shooting pain. Desensitizing agents can help reduce thermal sensitivity. The desensitizing agent is applied to the tooth surface blocking the exposed root surface and aids in reducing the sensitivity.
Opalescence Teeth Whitening
Tray Whitening: Custom fit whitening trays allow you to monitor and achieve your desired whiteness in the convenience of your own home and on your own schedule. Whitening trays are fabricated from an impression of your teeth and allow you to whiten in a safe and effective manner. $250
1 Hour Professional Whitening: Professional administered whitening in a controlled environment by a registered dental hygienist. For those people who prefer immediate results and do not want to do it themselves at home. $400
Not everyone is a candidate for whitening. An assessment is needed to determine if you are a good candidate and what method and material would work best for you.
Pit and Fissure Sealants:
Sealants are a clear or tooth-colored plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Sealants help in the prevention of tooth decay by sealing out decay-causing food and bacteria. Sealants are a great preventive tool against decay in children with newly erupted molars.
OUR GOAL IS ALWAYS PREVENTION!
Pearly Whites Mobile supports the use of mouthguards in all appropriate sports, competitive or recreational. A custom-fit sports mouthguard helps minimize the risk of injury to the face, teeth, jaw, and head.
They are $50 each.
Custom-fit and professionally made mouthguards are fabricated from an impression of the individual’s teeth and are designed to act as a cushion that redistributes and absorbs impact more evenly.
Interim Stabilization Therapy (IST)
What is IST?
Interim Stabilization Therapy (IST) is a temporary restoration procedure and an important therapeutic intervention that is used to free a client from pain and prevent further damage to a tooth until the client can get the tooth addressed by a dentist. IST requires no anesthetic and uses a fluoride-releasing material know as glass ionomer cement. The fluoride in the glass ionomer cement helps to remineralize the affected lesion. In IST the affected tooth is prepared by removing any soft debris (plaque and/or food particles) from the lesion. A conditioner is then added and a glass ionomer is placed in accordance to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Does a registered dental hygienist need to have a restorative specialty certificate to place a temporary restoration?
No. All registered dental hygienists may perform restorative procedures of a temporary nature as part of their scope of practice, in any setting, provided that they are competent to do so.
The primary reasons that a dental hygienist would consider the insertion of a temporary restoration are to free the client from pain and to reduce the possibility of further damage to the tooth until the client is able to see a dentist.
IST is important for those who do not have regular access to oral health services.
- Control of caries (decay)
- Conserves sound tooth structure
- Does not require anesthesia
Temporary restorations may be placed in either primary or permanent teeth as a preventative measure when:
- Access to a permanent restoration is not immediate or practical
- There is a reasonable risk of further damage to the tooth structure
- The pulp (nerve) is not exposed
- The client is in discomfort or is experiencing difficulty in eating
- The discomfort is due to recent trauma, fracture, or lost dental restoration
- The client has not received any medical/dental advice that would contraindicate placing a temporary restoration
- The client consents to the treatment and it is in the client’s best interest to proceed
- There are no medical contraindications to the restorative material
These filings are temporary and do require a referral to a dentist for placement of a permanent filling.
Approved by Health Canada & College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario