May 8, 2020
The Covid-19 crisis has caused all dental clinics (us included) to temporarily stop offering regularly scheduled hygiene appointments as well as other needed dental procedures until further notice. While there are a limited amount of clinics offering strict urgent care for dental emergencies only, it is important that we must not neglect our oral health while at home. Prevention is the key to not having to visit a dentist for any emergencies. It is uncertain, at this time, when things will be back to normal, and when everyone will have access to all dental services, so we must ensure that we are taking care of our oral health during this period.
Here are a few tips to maintaining proper oral hygiene while at home:
- Brush your teeth 2-3 times a day with toothpaste containing fluoride. Place your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gums and gently massage back and forth while sweeping the brush vertically towards the tongue in order to "sweep" the bacteria and food away from the gums. Don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Tip - run the bristles of your brush under hot water for 30 seconds to soften the bristles before brushing. When you are done brushing, run them under hot water again to help reduce bacteria on your brush.
- Floss your teeth at least once a day. Before bedtime is best to ensure the "sugar bugs" are not working their magic at night while sleeping. If you have wider spaces between the teeth, you can place a knot in your floss to help remove the deposits from in between the teeth.
Tip- floss before brushing to ensure the fluoride from your toothpaste gets between the teeth.
- Use an electric toothbrush and/or waterpik if possible. These electronic devices do the work for you and also promote gum health. If you don’t have either of these- don’t stress. Manual toothbrushes and traditional floss are fine when proper technique is used – refer to point #1
- Gargle with an alcohol –free mouthrinse. This will help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth
- Eat healthy- avoid eating and drinking sugary foods and beverages. These can contribute to the cavity process and potentially cause problems. Drink plenty of water to wash away acids and food deposits from your mouth
We hope these tips are useful to you and we look forward to seeing you again real soon in our office and being able to take care of your dental needs.
Stay safe and stay positive!!
Dentistry in the Beach
March 26, 2020
The health and safety of our patients, staff and community is of the upmost importance to us. Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, and in accordance with the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) along with the government of Ontario, we have suspended ALL dental treatment effective immediately and our office will remain closed until further notice. The RCDSO has advised that they will NOT revisit these recommendations of suspensions until the State of Emergency has been lifted by the Government of Ontario.
In keeping with this important protocol, any dental appointments you may have scheduled in the upcoming days/weeks will be cancelled until further notice. Should you require EMERGENCY DENTAL services, please leave us a message or email and someone from our office will get back to you on how to deal with your dental emergency.
We will continue to closely monitor and evaluate the COVID-19 situation as it continues to unfold. We will also be communicating any information we may have, in regards to patient treatment , through email as soon as we have the information.
We value your patience during these difficult times and encourage everyone to do their part in curtailing the spread of COVID-19 by follow directions from Health Canada and all local authorities in regards to self-isolation, social distancing and of course proper hygiene measures.
Stay Safe Everyone,
Dr. Kathryn Shields and Staff of Dentistry in the Beach