Healing Hands offers a variety of services for your loved one.
Prevention and Assessments
Dental hygiene is the science and practice of the recognition, treatment, and prevention of oral diseases.
Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)
Complete Review of Health History
Oral Cancer Screening
Periodontal Disease Assessment
Fluoride Treatment (prevent cavities)
PreventionPrevention is one of the best ways to take care of the health of your mouth. “Dental hygiene and oral health are often taken for granted but are essential parts of our everyday lives.” –CDC.gov
Did You Know?Did you know that tooth decay and gum disease can disrupt your quality of life? For children, untreated cavities and bacteria under the gums can cause pain, which can make it difficult to concentrate on learning and cause children to miss school. Sealants are a simple, fast and cost-effective way of preventing decay. Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of the teeth to prevent tooth decay in children.
What You Can DoMost dental diseases are preventable. Oral hygienists focus on the promotion of oral health and disease prevention. Partnering with your dentist in order to maintain excellent oral health. A referral to a dentist is made if any abnormalities are found during hygiene treatment. A healthy lifestyle will protect your teeth and gums and improve your overall health.
Therapeutic and Interventions
Implementation is the delivery of dental hygiene services based on the hygiene care plan in a manner minimizing risk and optimizing oral health.
Periodontal Therapy (Deep Cleaning)
Desensitize (Tooth Sensitivity)
Dry Mouth Therapy
Denture and Partial cleaning (Ultrasonic)
Deep CleaningsDeep cleaning is known in the dental world as scaling and root planing. Scaling involves removing plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth and from the pocket area between the teeth and gums. Depending on the health of your gums and teeth, root planing may also be needed. Root planing removes rough spots on the tooth root where the germs gather, and helps remove bacteria that contribute to periodontal disease. Find out more about Periodontial Disease from the NIDCR
Senior CareEven with full dentures, it is important to brush your gums, tongue, and palate with a soft-bristled brush every morning before placing dentures. This removes plaque and stimulates circulation in the mouth. Be sure to remove a partial denture before brushing the natural teeth. Even if you have only a few teeth, they are important and worth keeping. If they are diseased, they could be making you sick. It is important to maintain regular visits with a hygienist so your teeth can be cleaned and examined for signs of oral diseases including cancer.
Medication use is the number one cause of dry mouth (xerostomia). More than 1,800 medications list dry mouth as a side effect. Even over-the-counter-medications can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth can be triggered by certain diseases or conditions including Sjogren’s Syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, anxiety, depression, and diabetes. Cancer treatments including chemotherapy and radiation can cause dry mouth. Symptoms of dry mouth include: a sticky feeling in the mouth, problems speaking, difficulty swallowing or eating dry foods, waking up at night feeling thirsty, food tasting bland, a burning tongue, sensitive teeth, and a high rate of cavities. Sipping water may help, but water does not contain moisturizers and enzymes you may need. Healing Hands has many years of experience treating patients with these symptoms. We can help you identify the problem and design a custom regimen and specific products to help your symptoms.
Education and Training
Dental Hygienists use scientific evidence in the oral healthcare decision making process impacting their patient care.
Oral Hygiene Instruction
Family and Caregiver Training and Support
Drug Interaction Review of Current Medications
Patients keep their personal dentists (If you already have a relationship with a dentist, we will gladly work with him or her.)
Nutrition and Oral HealthThere is more to oral health than just brushing with a fluoride toothpaste and flossing. A balanced diet of nutrient-rich foods from all food groups helps boost your oral health. The more often you eat, the more acid is introduced into your mouth aggravating your teeth, so snack wisely. Eating foods that are full of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin C are essential to promote a healthier mouth. Find out more at EatRight.org
Training and SupportTeamwork, we all need help achieving our goals. Healing Hands hygienists educate and instruct families and caregivers to deliver proper oral hygiene to their loved ones. We demonstrate proper use of dental products and provide samples. Improper use of tools that prevent tooth decay and gingival disease can be harmful. Knowing how to use the tools properly through training and support from a hygienist is key to keeping a healthy mouth. We exist to make your life easier and your loved one’s oral health better. We often do not realize our struggles until someone offers to help.
MedicationsMany medications– including vitamins, minerals, and herbal preparations– can have an adverse effect on your oral health. Making sure your hygienist and the dental office have your current health history and medication list (prescribed or over-the-counter) is essential to keeping a healthy mouth and body. Learn more about how your medications can affect your oral health from the American Dental Association