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555 Mapleview Dr. W. Suite 201
Barrie, ON L4N 8G5

(705) 721-1182

Mapleview Family Dentistry

The dental office for the entire family!

Dental Care Blog

Not “just” a cleaning

As registered dental hygienists, we are generally known as “teeth cleaners”. While this is not an untrue statement, it far from explains all that is done while a client is in our chair including education. Each appointment begins with a review of medical changes and of treatment to be done that day. If a client is due for an exam, than a full exam both inside(intraoral) and outside(extraoral) the mouth are completed by the dental hygienist. As part of this exam a cancer screening is also done, and if the client is a smoker than there can be follow up questions. One of these questions generally asking if the client is interested in quitting. This is often a very sensitive subject for many people who may be worried about negative impressions or being scolded for admitting to smoking to a health care professional. Our goal as dental hygienists, though this may be surprising to some, is to never make our clients feel uneasy. We are concerned with providing the most up to date and thorough dental experience. It is however our obligation to advise all clients of how some choices are affecting their oral and overall health as part of education, not reprimand. The clients of our dental office can be assured that if they are interested in quitting smoking we can help in many ways, including offering information on cessation tips. There are some great step by step programs and tools, including the use of patches, artificial inhalers, how to try the cold turkey approach, and how to help with cravings caused by habitual triggers. Setting a quit date and having reminders of why quitting is so importan,t are also great ways to motivate and stay on track.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation advertise on their website the fact that it will take an average of 5 times of trying, to quit smoking for good. So go ahead and enlist the help of your dental hygienist, this could be the inspiration you were looking for.

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