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Irene DeHaan

Registered Dental Hygienist

 

Meet the Founder

Hi there! I’m Irene and I specialize in mobile dental hygiene for seniors living in care facilities. I’ve been practicing a vast array of dental settings for 21 years. Ranging from periodontal specialty, independent hygiene, and mobile senior practice. I was born in Ottawa and raised on a Richmond dairy farm,  I gained my dental hygiene diploma from Algonquin College in 2000.  

 

I’m passionate about ensuring seniors have the same access to care services as everyone else. I spent many years working in a traditional dental setting when I lost my mother to early-onset Alzheimer's 6 years ago. I experienced the challenges firsthand while providing her with the appropriate care, since when she had difficulty communicating her needs and was dependent on others for her well-being. This tough period of my life inspired me to ensure that seniors have access to oral care services in the comfort of their own space. 

 

I was later granted the opportunity to work as an independent hygienist for seniors and help them receive essential services like oral care. Now, I’m proud to be the founder of iSmile Mobile Dental and passionately provide seniors with the special care that they deserve!

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For Facilities
 

Free Professional Dental Exams for your Residents!

Benefits to the facility:

  • Regular professional dental exams for your residents at no cost

  • Pro-actively identify potential problems before they become emergencies

  • Including professional dental exams in your services at no extra cost increases value for current and prospective clients

  • Consistent care and access to a fully mobile Dentist and Denturist by referral.

  • Extensive support available including oral care articles, oral hygiene counseling, and 7 day/week phone availability for emergencies or questions.

  How it works:

  • The facility selects a day to schedule the clinic

  • I provide a poster and sign-up sheet a few weeks in advance

  • Exams are completed in facilities choice of designated common area or in residents private suites

  • The residents and/or their POA’s receive a written summary of findings, including high quality intra-oral photos

Covid Safety:

  • There are NO AEROSALS PRODUCED

  • Equipment is limited to a mouth mirror and intra-oral camera 

  • I am COVID tested weekly, have received my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and wear a certified fit-tested N95 respirator for the entirety of my time at the facility.

Give us a call today and find out how we can serve your facility!

 

 

For Individuals 
 

  • Free consultation prior to treatment. Read more about how the process is like for individuals.

  • I have special experience working with memory care clients by being gentle, caring and patient, which results in a high success rate in treating these clients. (who may be uncooperative and even aggressive).

  • For clients in a wheelchair who need a lift to transfer in and out, going to the dental office is close to impossible.   Sometimes the only option for care is having someone come in for treatment.

  • For memory care and dementia clients, leaving the facility to go out is generally a difficult endeavour and can be quite a traumatic experience. The success rate in providing treatment for these clients in a strange and unfamiliar place such as the dental office is quite low due to behavioural challenges. iSmile is here to solve this problem and ensure that clients get the special care they deserve.

See the Set Up 
 

Check out our state-of-the-art dental equipment: portable dental chair, ultrasonic scaler, slow-speed handpiece (for polishing), paper-free charting, and an intraoral camera.

Clients are seen in the familiar and comfortable environment of their own private room. Treatment can often be completed in the client's wheelchair, bed, or even recliner.

A full dental office, everything one would expect at their traditional dental hygiene appointment!