Oral Cancer – A Guide for Dental Hygienists

Oral cancer can occur in any part of the mouth, which includes the gums, the lips, the tongue’s surface, the cheek, the roof and floor of the mouth, the tonsils, and even the salivary glands. It is similar to a head and neck cancer and is often treated in a similar...

Taking X-Rays – There Are Many Types

The X-rays (radiographs) are normally performed yearly unless there is a problem with the patient’s oral health. A lead bib is placed over the patient’s chest, abdomen and pelvic area, to prevent any radiation exposure to their vital organs. Women that are pregnant or...

A Day in the Life of a Hygienist

The day starts off with the dental hygienist arriving 30 minutes before the first appointment is scheduled. This enables the hygienist to review all the patients’ medical charts for the day. Usually you are looking to see if this is a routine preventive appointment,...

Gum Disease – The Two Types

Gingivitis Gingivitis starts when a bacterial growth in your mouth caused by plaque build-up and causes the gums to become inflamed. Plaque is the sticky colourless film that forms on your teeth and is where bacteria lives. If the plaque is not removed regularly by...

What Health Issues Are Caused By Poor Dental Hygiene?

Studies have shown that lack of good dental hygiene could be a possible cause of major illnesses. Even if you brush your teeth every day, you still may have bacteria growing inside your mouth. This could lead to gum disease (gingivitis). Some of the gingivitis...