Your first visit at Sparkling Smiles Dental Hygiene & Teeth Whitening will begin with a comprehensive dental hygiene assessment. Your dental hygienist will go over your dental and medical history, examine the head and neck for any abnormalities, screen for oral cancer and do a thorough exam of your hard and soft tissues, including an assessment of your oral hygiene habits. All of this information helps the dental hygienist formulate a dental hygiene diagnosis and they will discuss your treatment plan, interventions and individual goals.
Scaling is the cleaning and removal of hard and soft deposits on the teeth, also known as tartar and plaque. The buildup of these deposits is the main cause of gum disease (gingivitis) and it is important to remove it from the teeth to prevent further damaged called periodontal disease (the eventual loss of teeth). To prevent such diseases, regular dental cleanings from a registered dental hygienist every 4-6 months is important. The goal of having frequent teeth cleanings is to resolve the signs of gingivitis (red, puffy, bleeding gums) and keep your mouth healthy and clean. Your insurance normally covers scaling 3 or 4 times per year!
Stain removal (polishing or dental prophylaxis) is done by using a soft rubber cup and a special paste. It removes superficial staining on the teeth commonly caused by coffee, tea or smoking. It makes your teeth feel nice and smooth, and is the finishing touch to your dental cleaning!
At Sparkling Smiles in Fredericton, NB we also offer stain removal by using air polishing. A fine powder and water combination is used on the teeth for the removal of difficult stain and is completely painless!
Fluoride helps in the prevention of cavities and tooth sensitivity by strengthening the enamel and helping to re-mineralization the enamel. In-office fluoride treatments contain a higher percentage of fluoride compared to toothpastes and mouth rinses.
For those who prefer to avoid fluoride, we can provide you with the proper information on xylitol toothpastes and rinses that you may use at home for cavity prevention.
Want brighter, whiter teeth without the sensitivity? There are many great options for teeth whitening depending on your individual needs.
Sparkling Smiles offers Wicked White Professional Teeth Whitening treatments, both in-office and at-home.
Prices (taxes included):
In-office Wicked White Treatment: $250
Wicked White LED light whitening kit (at home whitening) $150
Custom made teeth whitening trays & gel (at home whitening) $300
A full description of each teeth whitening option is listed under the "Book Online" tab.
You may be a candidate for teeth whitening if you have healthy teeth and gums and no filling/crowns/veneers on front teeth (only natural teeth will brighten). It is also best to have a dental cleaning by a registered dental hygienist before starting any kind of teeth whitening treatments.
Teeth Whitening is NOT recommended for the following:
- women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- those with braces or Invisalign
- Minimum age for any teeth whitening is 16 years old
Sealants are a thin, plastic type coating that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Molars have particularly deep pits and grooves making them difficult to clean which makes them very susceptible to decay. By placing a sealant on these teeth, it seals off and protects the tooth by filling in those pits and grooves, creating a smooth surface. Sealants are particularly important in children who have newly erupted molars. As soon as the molars are fully erupted, it is best to place the sealants right away before decay happens.
Sealants can last for many years but need to be checked for wear and chipping at your regular dental hygiene visits.
Cetacaine is a needle-free anesthetic used for localized areas that require deep scaling or root planing. It anesthetizes/numbs the area almost immediately, and will last for about 30 minutes. If the anesthesia starts to wear off too soon, it can easily be reapplied. Cetacaine is applied using a small syringe with a plastic tip. A few drops are placed on the gums for almost immediate numbing.
Custom made sports guards are the most recommended option for sports players of all ages. Because custom mouth guards are so precisely made, they are able to provide you with optimal safety and comfort. This is something that over-the-counter mouth guards cannot ever achieve.
Having a custom made sports mouth guard can protect injuries to the head, teeth and jaw area. They protect the teeth from becoming knocked out, broken or chipped and even protect you against a broken jaw. Over the counter "boil and bite" mouth guards do not provide the same level of comfort and protection as a custom fit guard.
Receive complimentary denture or retainer cleaning at your regular dental hygiene appointments. Plaque and tarter can build up on retainers, partial or full dentures, and it is important to keep this debris cleaned off to ensure tissue health around and under the applicances.