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Importance of Dental Care for Caregivers

Good oral care is important at any age. However certain segments of the population who have special needs, including the frail elderly, mentally or physically challenged, often require help with their oral hygiene home care. Studies have shown that many family members are taking on the role of a primary caregiver and oral hygiene should be an important part of the role for any caregiver.

There is a huge link between oral health and overall health since keeping the mouth healthy also keeps the body healthy. Poor oral health has been associated with an increased risk for heart disease, stroke, and respiratory disorders.

Brushing and flossing are crucial activities that effect general health just as much as medications, proper diet and physical activity. Seeing a dental hygienist regularly aid in the process of general well being, and should be a part of everyone's regular routine.

When providing care to an individual with special needs, certain signs should be observed as they may indicate an oral health problem:

  • Food debris
  • Weight loss
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Red, swollen, bleeding tender gums
  • Loose teeth/ tooth pain
  • Abscess or pus around gums or teeth

A good routine to get into with oral hygiene should include:

  • Brushing and or cleaning the mouth twice daily for two minutes
  • Remove and brush dentures twice daily or more if needed
  • Floss teeth at least daily
  • Brushing or scraping tongue (gently!)
  • Scheduling regular dental hygiene/ dental visits.

Seeing a dentist or dental hygienist regularly will aid in achieveing general wellbeing in addition to good oral health, and visits, as much as is possible, should be a part of everyone's regular routine. We can aid in providing advice and tips to help make home care effective. We can give you suggestions and resources to help make sure that individuals, no matter their ability, receive the proper care they need to maintain oral and overall health.

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Fees and Financial Information

Our fees are based on the most current Ontario Dental Association fee guide for General Practitioners for general dental services and the most current Ontario Dental Association fee guide for Specialists for specialty dental services.

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We Follow the Ontario Fee Guide

At Kaydental, we believe that a fair fee is one of the key features in building a strong patient-doctor relationship. At our North York dental office, we follow the suggested fee guide for General Practitioners from the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) in order to maintain pricing stability and keep patients in the know about the price of every service and product they pay for.

If you have any questions about the costs of any of our dental services, please contact us so one of our staff members can clarify and guide you through the price determinations.

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