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Appleway Dental Clinics
Appleway Dental Clinics

The Importance of Dental Hygiene

Dental hygiene is the foundation of a healthy mouth. It is just too important for any patient to ignore, so we at Appleway Dental Clinics ensure that hygiene services are available in our clinics seven days per week.

It is impossible for even the most conscientious brusher to get all the plaque and tartar build-up off his or her own teeth. Professional cleaning should be performed every six months. As insurance is often a determining factor in who gets what when – let us provide an insight into hygiene and the prevention of periodontal (gum) disease.

In Canada, dental insurance is not true insurance in the light we have come to recognize medical insurance. In the latter, if something goes wrong you submit your medical number and you get fixed. With private dental insurance, it is more of an organized partial co-pay program between your employer and you. Benefits are restricted to annual amounts, and also to specific types of dental services. Employers and coverage providers arrive at the most acceptable coverage they can offer for the smallest premium the employer is willing to pay. It should not be any surprise to discover that your coverage is determined in the accounting department – not in the clinical chair.

As dentists, we see the other side. We do, and shall continue to diagnose and treatment plan to keep your mouth as healthy as we can to allow you to keep your natural teeth for as long as possible. Our diagnosis will absolutely differ from the accountant trying to limit the amount of money paid out with no regard for your oral condition. Only once in recent years have we seen an about face. An insurance company in Boston provided full coverage for their clients – dental, health, and life insurance. Their actuaries ran the numbers – and as part of an overall cost saving to the insurance company – began to approve teeth cleaning every four months instead of every six months! In some cases their competition have gone to eight month intervals. What did Company 1 know that Company 2 did not? It was the fact that periodontal disease is a leading contributor to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and now even Alzheimer’s disease. If they could reduce these overall health complications by paying out more money for policy holders’ to have their teeth professionally cleaned – it would save them on hospital bills and other medical expenses!

Appleway Dental Clinics offers a perio ‘deep cleaning’ program. We must reduce the plaque in order to eliminate periodontal disease, which affects 75% of adults over 35 years of age. It is the most common cause of tooth loss.

VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening System
VELscope®
Another aspect of our hygiene program is oral cancer screening. Our clinics were the first in Central Alberta to offer Free VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening Days for our patients and for members of the public. Oral cancer is the fastest growing cancer in Canada today, affecting over 1% of the general population.
Appleway Dental Clinics