Getting Dental Care during COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it harder for some Ontarians to take care of their dental health. We would like to see you.
Your safety is our priority!
Our office is taking major steps in order to protect our patients and staff members from COVID19.
That means taking even more safety precautions than before, such as extra personal protective equipment (PPE), changes to our waiting rooms, sneeze guard at the front desk, advance screenings, and touchless thermometers.
Dental problems are easier and less expensive to treat before you can see or feel them, which is why it’s important to maintain your regularly scheduled check-ups so that any small problems can be detected before they become big ones.
PLEASE stay home if you have any flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, or difficulty in breathing) or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. If you are sick and have an upcoming dental appointment, contact our office in order to report your symptoms and reschedule.
Every staff member is regularly checked for symptoms of COVID-19.
~Between patient visits, we disinfect rooms and all surfaces and sterilize all instruments.
~In the reception/waiting area and washroom we continually disinfect all surfaces and
provide hand sanitizer for both patients and staff.
~The office is cleaned regularly including floors, bathrooms and high touch surfaces to ensure all areas are disinfected and fully sanitized.
~We have HEPA filtration units installed in all treatment rooms throughout the office to aid in the removal of up to 99.998% of all airborne particulate including viruses.
The following are considered to be dental emergencies
- Pain associated with the teeth and/or jaws
- Teeth fractured by accidental impact
- Chipped, broken, or cracked teeth
- Damaged dental appliances including braces or dentures
- Lost fillings, crowns, or bridges, or loose implants
- Other dental problems that may be causing ongoing discomfort or pain.
COVID 19 VACCINATIONS
Safe and reliable vaccines can help protect you and your family from COVID-19.
They will be an important tool to help stop the spread of the virus and allow individuals, families and workers to safely resume normal life eventually. The corona virus (COVID-19) vaccine does not cause corona virus infection. It helps to build up your immunity to the virus, so your body will fight it off more easily if you should become infected.
After independent and thorough scientific reviews for safety, efficacy and quality, Health Canada has approved three vaccines for use in Canada up to this point.
- Pfizer (mRNA) – approved on December 9, 2020
- Moderna (mRNA) – approved on December 23, 2020
- Astrazeneca (Viral Vector)–Protein Based – approved February, 2021
Building immunity takes time
The Pfizer, Moderna and Astrazeneca vaccines are approved for use in Canada and require two doses in order for your body to develop an infection fighting response.
Health officials anticipate that these vaccines will be effective against the original strain of COVID-19 and the new variant identified in the UK.
In order to create herd immunity we are aiming at vaccinating 70% of the population .It is projected that we can achieve this by September 2021.
In the meantime we have to adhere to stringent rules such as wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet and washing hands or sanitizing as often as possible.
During this period we also want to maintain our overall health and not neglect our oral condition.
Attending the dental office to see your hygienist for regular scaling and hygiene procedures is essential to keep your gums healthy and controlling inflammation.
To keep patients safe while in the office for treatment we have implemented several precautions as follows:
Every patient is screened in advance for COVID-19 symptoms over the phone and again once they arrive at our office.
All staff members are regularly checked for COVID-19 symptoms and are mandated to a 14 day quarantine period as required. As well, all staff members wear appropriate PPE during all dental procedures.