At North Main Family Dental, located in Airdrie, our Dental Hygienists want to exceed your expectations by providing on-time, comfortable dental hygiene appointments. It is also their goal to take the extra time to educate you about your dental & oral health.
During your hygiene appointment, we encourage you to ask many questions, so we can inform you of your oral health. Our hygiene team prides themselves on following up on your questions or any product information requests about how to best care for your family’s dental health.
The start of any dental treatment plan begins with a thorough examination by one of our dentists. Your examination will include an oral cancer screening and a detailed evaluation of the current oral health including your teeth, gums, and the surrounding tissue. At North Main Family Dental, we use digital x-rays, periodontal probing, and intra-oral photography to determine your current dental health and provide you with a comprehensive treatment plan that is prioritized to treat best any existing conditions based on our findings.
When you visit North Main Family Dental, there is a lot to accomplish in a regular dental hygiene appointment.
The major activity performed by the dental hygienist is to clean your teeth both above the gum line, which is known as scaling and below the gum-line, which is known as root planing. We use both traditional hand scalers and ultrasonic scaling tools (that use super-fast vibrations) to remove deposits depending on your scaling & root planing needs.
As well as cleaning your teeth above and below the gum-line, your Dental Hygienist will perform a number of important oral health checks at your hygiene appointment, including:
You’ll also have an exam completed by Dr. Richelle Bedier and have a chance to ask any questions you might have.
Our dental hygiene program follows a strict standard of care to record, assess, and evaluate your oral health condition at every visit. Working with your dental hygienist, your individual hygiene treatment plan is coordinated to best treat and monitor the health of your teeth and gums. We also reserve your dental hygiene visits in advance, to best fit your schedule.
How often you need to visit North Main Family Dental for a hygiene visit depends on several factors. Are your teeth susceptible to excess accumulation of plaque and calculus? Do you have crowded teeth, fillings or missing teeth? These are all cases which can lead to increased plaque buildup and require more frequent visits.
Our dental team knows that each patient will require a different dental hygiene schedule. While most people come in for dental hygiene appointments every 6 months, some people may benefit by coming in every 3-4 months, while others might only require a hygiene appointment every 9 or even every 12 months.
The dental hygienists at North Main Family Dental will be happy to advise you how often you should have a dental cleaning based on your specific individual needs.
If you have experienced sensitivity in your teeth from past hygiene appointments, taking ibuprofen in advance of your hygiene appointment can help alleviate this. Is you are experiencing heightened sensitivity then dental freezing may also be an option that needs to be discussed to deal with your discomfort issues.
We’re here to help you achieve your family’s oral health goals, all in the most comfortable way possible. No matter where your dental health is at now, it is always a good time to start on the path to establishing good dental health habits and booking a dental hygiene appointment at North Main Family Dental is the first step on that path.