Frequently Asked Questions
Mobile Dental Hygiene is still a new concept for most people. I hope to answer the more commonly asked questions
How does Erica's Mobile Smiles actually work?
Everyone is always curious as to how I can do Dental Hygiene home visits. I have everything a regular dental office would have, but mine just folds away neatly. All of my tools are packaged (either sterilized or one time use items) and ready to go. It takes me about 10-15 minutes to set up.
WIll my insurance cover your service?
Almost all insurance companies now pay for services from independent Dental Hygienists. (I haven't run into any problems in this area so far) Some insurance companies are even set up for electronic billing, which allows for faster reimbursement.
How do I schedule an appointment?
You can use my contact form (under "contact us), or call or text me directly at 905-965-7686,
Why do I need my teeth cleaned?
Your mouth is a main portal into the rest of your body- and guess what ... it is full of bacteria! Scientific studies are finding more and more links between gingival (gum) disease and your general well-being. Examples include heart disease and stroke, lung disease, stomach ulcers, diabetes, alzheimers, preterm and low birth weight babies and more. That means the healthier your mouth is, the healthier you are.
Like high blood pressure, gum disease can go undetected if you aren't going for regular cleanings. Dental Hygienists are trained to evaluate gingival health and help you understand all the factors that might be contributing to your gingival condition. By seeing your dental hygienist regularly, you can have a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.
How do you deal with infection control?
Infection control is very important. All instruments are sealed in pouches and sterilized before use. Pouches are opened right before the instruments are to be used for your cleaning. I use many disposable items which are discarded after one time use. Items that cannot be sterilized (eg. dental chair, dental light) are disinfected with high level anti-microbial wipes (the industry standard is that the disinfectant must kill tuberculosis bacteria). I also use spore testing (spores are a type of bacteria that are extremely hard to kill) to ensure that the sterilizing equipment is working properly.
The water I use in the dental unit is distilled water. At the end of each day the water lines are cleaned with enzymatic solution, and the water bottles are emptied and allowed to dry to prevent bacterial build up.
I also use safety glasses, masks and gloves, barrier tape and proper hand washing techniques to prevent the spread of bacteria between patients.