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Mobile Dental Hygiene Services

About RDHAP and dental hygiene procedures:

What is "preventive" dental hygiene treatment?

Preventive dental hygiene procedures, such as a prophylaxis or "cleaning", is a non-invasive procedure to remove light deposits of plaque, calculus (tartar), stain and biofilm from the tooth structures above the gumline. This is indicated when there is no gum disease present. The word prophylaxis means preventive.

What is "therapeutic" dental hygiene treatment?

Therapeutic dental hygiene procedures, such as scaling and root planing, are
non-surgical methods to remove plaque, calculus, biofilm and areas contaminated by toxins and microorganisms from the crown and root surfaces of the teeth, and include the area below the gumline. Disinfection with antimicrobial solutions is combined with gum therapy, and may also include placement of long-acting antimicrobial agents which remain in the pocket for up to 28 days.

What is a "recare maintenance interval"?

Recare maintenance is the interval or time period in between dental hygiene treatments. Those patients with gum disease, medical complications, special needs, and disabilities typically require 60 or 90 day interval periods in order to maintain a healthy and disease-managed oral environment. Some patients may require a 30 day recare interval.

What is tooth "remineralization"?

Tooth remineralization is the interaction between the biochemical properties of the oral environment, such as saliva, tooth enamel and tooth dentin. This process is changing the way beginning and advanced decay lesions are being treated. Tooth remineralization is a natural repair reaction of the enamel surface that relies on the minerals of calcium, phosphate and fluoride to repair the surface of enamel so that it is stronger and less soluble in the presence of acids. Saliva is nature's primary defense system and responsible for creating the environment to maintain health tooth enamel and health oral environment, and initiate food digestion. Tooth decay, tooth sensitivity, and dry mouth are directly affected by saliva quality and quantity.

The recent Surgeon General's Report confirms the importance
of oral health to systemic health and wellness.

Heart Disease: Recent studies have shown that a patient with periodontal disease is twice as likely to develop heart disease as one without the condition. Gum disease increases inflammation in the body. C-reactive protein (CRP), a tumor marker in the blood shows a significant increase.

Diabetes: Gum disease is a major complication of diabetes. People with diabetes are 2-3 times more likely to develop gum disease. People with gum disease and diabetes are more likely to have poor glycemic control. People with gum disease and diabetes are more likely to have heart and kidney disease.

Oral Cancer: Oral cancer is more common than leukemia, skin melanoma, Hodgkin's disease, and cancers of the brain, liver, bone, thyroid gland, stomach, ovaries and cervix. People with increased risk are long term users of tobacco and alcohol. On oral cancer screening is a critical component of an oral, head and neck exam.

Our philosophy

Health & Wellness with an Integrated Approach

We support and encourage natural and organic care with a focus on an integration of healing services. Our patients range in age from children to the elderly. Many have special needs, disabilities or medical conditions that require multiple healthcare provider services simultaneously. This multi-disciplinary approach is quintessential to ensure wellness and quality of life. We encourage the least invasive dental hygiene therapies available today, based on scientific research and evidence-based medicine. These strategies and techniques for care include non-surgical gum therapy, disinfection to manage gum disease and dental decay, daily treatment with biocompatible products to reduce microbes, sensitivity and dry mouth, tooth remineralization therapy to eliminate decay, saliva testing to determine if particular pathogens are present, caregiver and team education and support.

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