An important message regarding COVID-19. We are here for you and accepting emergency visits

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  1. COVID-19 Update – An important message regarding COVID-19. We are here for you and accepting emergency visits

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    Your oral care is our number one priority and if you or your family member has a dental emergency, we are here for you.
    If this is an emergency please call our main number immediately, so we can actively address your needs. You can also visit www.hellodent.com to find immediate urgent care options or to request a future appointment.  We will be reaching out to reschedule all of your routine visits once normal operations resume.

    Our practice undertakes industry best-in-class infection prevention and control measures, and we strongly believe that with sufficient protective measures in place, a dental practice represents a safe and low-risk environment for our patients.

    For all patient visits, we:  

    • Perform a risk assessment and screen all patients in advance of the appointment and upon arrival at the clinic
    • Observe meticulous hand hygiene practices throughout the day and hand washing before putting on PPE or handling anything that the patient may handle
    • Wear appropriate personal protective equipment during the appointment and interactions with patients and their environments, such as gloves, mask, eye protection, and gowns, as required

    Between patient visits, we:  

    • Clean, disinfect and sterilize all instruments
    • Wipe all operatory surfaces with disinfectant

    In the reception area, we:

    • Disinfect all counters and surfaces
    • Make antibacterial hand rub available

    At least daily, we:  

    • Empty standard garbage receptacles and change liners
    • Clean floors (vacuum/dry mop and wet mop)
    • Clean and disinfect high touch wall features (light switches, thermostat, door handles, ledges, etc.)
    • Clean reception area, administrative areas and rooms
    • Clean and disinfect all bathrooms

    We keenly recognize our shared obligation and duty to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and the broader community.

     


     

    March 16, 2020

    Dear valued patient,

    Our practice undertakes industry best-in-class infection prevention and control measures, and we strongly believe that with sufficient protective measures in place, a dental practice represents a safe and low-risk environment for our patients.

    We also keenly recognize our shared obligation and duty to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and wellbeing of our patients, staff and the broader community.

    As you may be aware, the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO) has released recommended steps for its members to take.

    They are strongly recommending that “all non-essential and elective dental services should be suspended immediately. Emergency treatment should continue”.

    This decision will be revisited again the first week of April.

    As such, we will be reaching out to you to reschedule all routine and non-essential dental procedures until the risk of transmission is lower, not only in your practices but in the community at large.

    You will be receiving a phone call shortly to reschedule should you have an upcoming appointment. If you would like to reach out to us directly please call 705 444-1500. Be mindful of the fact that there maybe a large numbers of calls coming through today and this week and as such we will try our best to answer them in a timely manner.

    Your oral care staff at,

    Collingwood Dental Centre

  2. Don’t Let Holiday Stress GRIND Your Gears

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    Christmas and the Holiday Season is full of joyful traditions, family, and fun….but it can also be busy and stressful. It’s important to recognize how stress can affect our bodies, namely our teeth. For many, it can cause or worsen clenching and teeth grinding in our sleep. In addition to stress and anxiety, teeth grinding can be caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth. It can also be caused by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or even tight shoulder, neck, and jaw muscles.

    Are you a grinder? Do you catch yourself clenching your jaw? Chances are, even if you do, you may not know it. Ask yourself if you’ve experienced any of these symptoms:

    Frequent headaches (especially in the morning) or earaches

    Sore jaws

    Jaw-clicking

    Frequent toothaches

    Sensitive teeth

    Facial pain

    Worn, broken or cracked teeth and/or fillings

    (Accelerated) gum recession

    Loose teeth

    Indentations on the lateral borders of the tongue

    If so, you may need to wear a bite/night guard at night to reduce damage to teeth. A night guard may reduce bruxism, and will certainly prevent further tooth wear and damage.

    Self-care techniques may also be effective. The Mayo Clinic suggests reducing stress and anxiety by doing yoga or meditating, avoiding stimulating substances in the evening (caffeinated coffee or tea, alcohol and smoking) as they may worsen grinding, practicing good sleep habits, and scheduling regular dental exams. Avoiding gum chewing can also be helpful.

    See your Dentist to have your bite assessed and find out the best treatment option for you.

  3. Oral Health Is About MORE Than Just Our Teeth

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    Have you ever felt a lump in your mouth? A sore that doesn’t heal? White patches in your mouth? Pain or burning?

    At Collingwood Dental Centre we have a technology called VELscope. It’s a safe blue light to illuminate abnormalities in the mouth. The tissue fluorescence causes abnormal tissue to appear a different colour.

    In addition to the detection of oral cancer and pre-cancerous lesions, the VELscope Vx also allows one to find:

    • Viral, fungal and bacterial infections
    • Tissue Inflammation
    • Traumatic lesions and areas of local trauma

    So if something in your mouth doesn’t feel right, let us know, we have many ways to help.

  4. New Exciting Treatment for Gum Recession

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    Do you have Sensitive teeth? Decay? A pulled back gum line? … You may have receding gums, and now we have an awesome new solution!

    Traditional techniques involved grafting and surgery. However, Dr. Zain and Dr. Mohammed recently completed a dental course in Pasadena California and are now certified in a minimally invasive procedure for gum recession correction, Pinhole® Gum Rejuvenation.

    This technique is different in that there is no grafting, no surgery, no sutures. We simply create small pinholes in the gum, lift the tissue to position it back to its normal natural position, and use collagen as the glue to keep the tissue in place.

    We are very excited to be offering this treatment, as gum recession is a common dental condition, and can lead to painful tooth sensitivity and teeth that are more susceptible to decay.

    Call our office to schedule a consultation 705-444-1500

  5. 3 Tips to Start the School Year with a Smile

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    3 Tips to Start the School Year with a Smile

    1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT SNACKS

      Avoid granola bars instead offer crunchy snacks like celery sticks, baby carrots and cubes of cheddar cheese. Instead of chips or crackers, try seeds and nuts. Salty snacks may seem healthy because they don’t contain sugar, but simple starches can be just as harmful. These snacks break down into a sticky goo, coating teeth and promoting decay.

    2. TAKE YOUR KIDS TO THE DENTIST

      Have a healthy kick off to the school year by bringing your kids in for a cleaning and exam. Ask your child’s dentist about sealants and fluoride treatments to prevent decay. These treatments are easy ways to stop cavities before they start.

    3. HAVE FUN WITH BRUSHING AND FLOSSING

      Use a sticker calendar and place a sticker on each day they brush

      Play their favourite song for the two minute brush time

      Use a Y shaped kid-friendly floss holder for easier flossing

      Customize by helping your child pick a themed toothbrush in their favourite colour