Do You Really Need to Have Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned?

Independent dental hygienist King City

I have been asking myself over and over during the last year: “Do people really need to have their teeth professionally cleaned”?  I have begun to ask this question because I have had a couple of clients over the last year that did not, in my professional opinion, need to have their teeth cleaned at their continuing care appointment. After completing my assessment, I discussed my findings with these clients and then left it up to them to decide whether to proceed or not.

There are two reasons for needing to have your teeth professionally cleaned;

  1. For aesthetic reasons
  2. For therapeutic reasons

Aesthetic reasons would include removing deposits and stains to make them visually more attractive and therapeutic reasons would include removing these same deposits and stains to facilitate the health of the oral environment.

It is all about reducing bacterial biofilm and inflammation when we are talking about establishing good oral health and it would appear that many people are able to do this on their own without professional help.

Just what are these people doing you might ask? Well, they are all diligent about brushing and employ some form of in-between-the-teeth disruption of bacteria, and the people who have exemplary oral health tend to also have outstanding diets. Interestingly, my experience has also been that none of these super-healthy mouths were vegans or vegetarians. Since I do not subscribe to the notion that one diet is right for everyone I am not sure if one can be in perfect health when eating an all-vegetable diet, but my experience thus far has caused me to think not!

I believe that whatever is causing inflammation in the body is going to contribute to inflammation in the mouth and that only dealing with the oral component, while it may get us some good results, is not getting to the root cause of the inflammation.

So…do you really need to have your teeth professionally cleaned? This is a question that can only be answered after a thorough assessment, followed by an honest discussion with an oral health care professional that you TRUST.

As always, I welcome your feedback. You can connect with me via email or telephone, leave a comment right here on the site or join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.

Until next time,



Functional Oral Health

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I recently completed introductory courses in Functional Medicine and Functional Nutrition through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Through the knowledge that I have gained, I truly believe that this is the approach that we need to adopt when approaching Oral Health as well. I plan on beginning training in the near future to become an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner  so that I can begin practicing Functional Oral Health as a branch of Functional Medicine. Continue reading

Cochrane Oral Health Group Concludes Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities

dental hygienist King City

The Cochrane Oral Health Group Evaluation of Water Fluoridation concludes: “Fluoridation May Not Prevent Cavities”. In a June 19, 2015 publication by the Cochrane Collaboration, researchers have concluded that: Continue reading

The Root Canal Cover-up and Informed Consent

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For those of you who follow my blog and the many patients that I have the privilege of seeing here at Woodland Dental Hygiene, you are aware that I am very passionate about my stand on Root Canal Therapy and the need for Informed Consent”.

What is “Informed Consent”? Continue reading

Sugar Industry Shapes Public Health Policy

independent dental hygienist King CityA new report published on March 10, 2015 by researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, (UCSF) reveals that the sugar industry heavily influenced federal research and subsequently public health policy and guidelines resulting from that research.

In 1969, The Caries Task Force Steering Committee was formed by the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) and met regularly to come up with research priorities. Continue reading

British Study Links Underactive Thyroid to High Fluoride Levels

dangers of fluoride in waterNew research from the University of Kent suggests that there is a spike in the number of cases of underactive thyroid in high fluoride areas such as the West Midlands and the North East of England, this British study says. Professor Stephen Peckham, lead author from the Centre for Health Services said: “I think it is concerning for people living in those areas”.

“The difference between the West Midlands, which fluoridates, and Manchester, which doesn’t was particularly striking.  There was nearly double the number of cases in the West Midlands.

“Underactive thyroid is a particularly nasty thing to have and it can lead to other long term health problems.  I do think councils need to think again about putting fluoride in the water.  There are far safer ways to improve dental health”. Continue reading

Can Teeth Be Healed?

Dr. Weston Price

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In my personal and professional pursuit of wellness, I have lately had cause to ponder the question; can teeth be healed? I have never doubted the possibility of the arrest and even the reversal of many diseases common to the human body as I have experienced this miracle in my own life. Given time, knowledge and the commitment to provide what the body truly needs for health and well-being, much is possible!

But what about teeth and specifically tooth decay? It would appear that in dentistry, when a tooth decays, the most common disease in the world presents itself – we are most often given a traditional surgical approach – a filling, to fix the problem. Continue reading

Can Mouth Breathing be Helped by Chiropractic?

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Can mouth breathing be helped by Chiropractic care? A recent opportunity to work for a wonderful dentist and friend, Dr. Eva Tobin, who practices in the small town of Thornton, Ontario, enabled me to work with a client who was a chronic mouth-breather; a condition that while increasingly common, is not optimum for overall health and well-being.

I had a discussion with this client as to:

  • What the reason might be for his inability to breathe through his nose,
  • What some of the resulting side-effects were in his mouth and possibly the rest of his body!

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I Joined the Blue Dot Movement for a Healthy Environment

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I joined the Blue Dot Movement for a healthy environment! I wrote in a previous blog that I was still not sure that launching a legal battle was the direction to move with the water fluoridation issue. I have learned that patience is paramount when waiting for direction on key issues and this one is no exception. Thankfully, there is a solution that I have found, that addresses my personal, professional and planetary concerns about water fluoridation and the health of our environment that I feel I can support.

I have joined thousands of Canadians in a grassroots movement for change! I am beginning in my own community to ask for the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food. I am helping to grow a national movement aimed at having every Canadian’s right to a healthy environment recognized at all levels of government. Continue reading

Fluoride Lawsuit Launched in Peel Region

dangers of water fluoridationLast month’s blog weighed in on the necessity of a lawsuit to end fluoridation in Peel Region and I thank you for the comments that I received. It is evident, based on those comments, and the many people that I speak to, that a clear-cut division does indeed exist! No matter what side of the fence you currently sit on…get ready, because the legal challenge has begun!

Please see the following press release:

Peel Resident Launches Court Challenge Against Artificial Water Fluoridation Continue reading