March 30, 2020
We know that all Canadians are experiencing a difficult and trying time now to help curb the spread of COVID-19. However, while we are home, there are still some things we can do to stay healthy and resources that we can access to help get through the coming days.
Keep Up With Your Oral Health Routine
During this time, it is vital to ensure that you maintain your oral health. If your oral health routine was lacking before, now is an excellent time to work on it. Remember to brush at least twice every day, once in the morning and once before going to bed. Be sure to floss your teeth before going to bed as well. It is essential to brush and floss before bed to remove all of the leftover food particles that you have eaten throughout the day. Learn more about why brushing and flossing before bed are important here.
Sign-Up For Free Services Or Trials
During this time, many companies are offering free trials or making some paid services free for a limited time. Keep in mind that some trials require your credit card information, so be mindful when signing up for certain services. Here is a list of some companies offering free or trial services:
Online Streaming Services
Other Free Services
Important Government Websites
The municipal, provincial and federal government of Canada regularly releases updates regarding COVID-19. Check out the links below to stay updated daily:
We hope that these resources help you during this trying time. Remember to regularly check all government websites for continual updates as things may have changed at the time of this post.
We wish all of our valued patients all the best to you and your families. Please stay safe, we cannot wait to see your beautiful smiles again soon!
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March 20, 2020
With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, it seems like businesses
are closing left and right. Restaurants are only open for delivery or takeout
and many non-essential companies have closed down. But how do these new practices
affect your dentist? As it turns out, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
(RCDSO) has put out a special order regarding what dentists
should do during this pandemic. Continue reading to learn what it is, and how
you can recognize and stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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March 16, 2020
We all know that we brush and floss our teeth to remove plaque, keep our gums healthy and prevent cavities, but do we really know what plaque is?
What is Dental Plaque?
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March 9, 2020
Helps To Prevent Cavities
Fluoride works by strengthening the enamel of your teeth (which is the outer layer of your teeth) to prevent the penetration of oral bacteria and acids. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral in the earth and is in some areas naturally occurring in water. In some municipalities, fluoride is added to the water in around 0.7 ppm (parts per million) to help reduce cavities in the population. Fluoride can also be administered topically in the form of toothpaste, mouthwash and topical applications at your dental office. Fluoride administered in office may consist of mouth rinse, fluoride gel, varnish or foam.
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March 2, 2020
Laughing gas is the layman’s terms for nitrous oxide. It is commonly used in dental offices to reduce stress, anxiety and pain for patients during dental procedures. It is a colourless and odourless gas that is inhaled through the nose for a determined amount of time during the procedure.
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February 24, 2020
Pericoronitis is the inflammation of the tissue that is partially covering a partially erupted tooth in the mouth. Often it occurs with partially erupted wisdom teeth that don’t have space to erupt into the mouth fully, but sometimes it can even happen with the eruption of the first or second molars. The gum tissue that partially covers an erupting tooth is called an operculum, and the inflammation of that tissue is called pericoronitis. Pericoronitis is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms gathered during a clinical analysis, as well as a potential x-ray taken to rule out any other causes.
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February 10, 2020
“Gum disease” is an umbrella term that encompasses all conditions related to the gums. Gum disease begins with gingivitis and escalates to periodontitis.
What is Gingivitis?
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February 3, 2020
What is Clenching and Grinding?
These are typically both involuntary functions of the jaw that consist of the jaws biting together with force (clenching) and possibly moving back and forth (grinding.) Both clenching and grinding often occur at night but may occur during the day during stressful periods. If done during the day, it is crucial to notice when these habits are happening and try to stop them. If they occur at night, a nightguard may be useful to prevent damage to the teeth.
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