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  • How we will keep you ridiculously safe from COVID-19 when you visit our dental office

    Hello all, just thought I would reach out to touch base with you all in these difficult times. Hopefully you are all safe, and healthy, and looking forward to returning to more normal times. Given that dental offices will be among the first to open when business resumes, I wanted you to know what we will be doing to keep you safe. Sterilization and disinfection protocols for instruments and surfaces have always been mandated at very high levels, and these will continue. If you would like to know more about our rigorous practices, please click here to learn more. The owners of our medical building have also assured us that cleaning and disinfection of common areas, elevators and such are being maintained at a very high level as well. To more effectively protect our patients and staff, we will also be utilizing enhanced personal protection protocols where appropriate, such as face shields and gowns.       In addition, we will be establishing more rigorous social distancing practices. We are fortunate to have overflow operatories for our hygienists, and for myself, and we will be using those to the fullest. Your operatory will be thoroughly disinfected and treated with specialized air filtration units prior to your arrival. This will allow you to be seated directly, without use of the waiting room. We will be able to complete your treatment and all administrative functions in that operatory. It is also my hope that COVID 19 testing capability and availability will evolve to the point where testing can be expanded. This is the real answer for contact tracing to control community spread. I have read that public health views dental offices as an ideal location to provide this testing, and our office would be on board to participate. In the meantime, please continue to maintain your dental health at home (see Sara’s blog). If you do have a dental emergency, please contact me at 416 540 4132. Examples of these issues that should be dealt with would be swelling, severe or prolonged pain, broken teeth etc. I will triage your issue over the phone, and ask you appropriate Covid 19 screening questions prior to making an appointment. We have been seeing patients who need urgent treatment, so please know we are there for you.   Dr. Henry Kutzko Dr Henry Kutzko protecting you from COVID-19

    Ways to improve your dental hygiene

      As dental offices are now closed for regular dental hygiene maintenance and routine procedures, it is more important than ever to maintain a healthy mouth with daily oral self-care practices. Below is some information to help you to achieve that!

    How often to brush your teeth

    Brushing your teeth twice a day for a minimum of 2 minutes is the best way to remove plaque buildup from the front, back and biting surfaces of your teeth. When plaque, which is made up of millions of little bacteria, sits on the gums for an extended period of time, it will result in gum inflammation, aka gingivitis.

    How to Prevent Gingivitis

    Gingivitis will cause your gums to appear red along the gumline, with some swelling and possible tenderness. How else would you know if you have gingivitis? Bleeding gums while cleaning your teeth is the main indicator for gingivitis and the easiest way for you to know if you have it or not. If you gums bleed while brushing, your home care routine needs to be bumped up a notch, with more frequent brushing, brushing longer or even focusing the brush along the gumline to make sure the plaque is being removed from those areas. Our hygienists, Sara and Brooke, also recommend using an electric toothbrush, if you’re not already. Studies have shown that using an electric toothbrush can significantly reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth when compared to a manual toothbrush, therefore reducing the likelihood of even getting gingivitis in the first place. With that being said, if your gums are currently bleeding, don’t worry! Gingivitis is a reversible condition, and with diligent home care, you’re able to get your gums back on track and healthy again in no time.

    How to floss

    Another way to improve on your oral self-care is by flossing! You know, that thing the hygienists anyways tell you to do! Flossing removes the plaque buildup from in between your teeth, a place the toothbrush can’t reach. That’s right, by only brushing and not flossing on a daily basis, you are only cleaning 60% of your teeth! Yuck! Flossing once a day not only improves the gums and prevents gingivitis, it can also reduce the likelihood of you getting cavities. Interproximal cavities, or cavities in between your teeth, are the most common areas Dr. Kutzko finds decay. Picking up this habit not only benefits your gums, it also decreases the chance of needing fillings in the future. There are a few different flossing aids to help you in this. First, you have traditional string floss, which is the most ideal aid to use. With string floss, you’re able to place the floss in between the teeth contacts, moving it up and down like a see-saw a few times to help detach the plaque that’s accumulated there. The advantage with string floss is that you’re able to create a “C” shape around each tooth and really hug the tooth sides, while moving it up and down, this causes more of that plaque buildup to come off. If you don’t like using string floss, another alternative is floss picks. These are little plastic devices that have floss attached to them, making it easier to reach those back molars without feeling like you’re sticking your hands all the way down your throat! You’re able to create the same effect as string floss, but it becomes more challenging to wrap the floss pick around the tooth surface to recreate the “C” shape technique. This makes floss picks the second option when string flossing is not achievable. If neither of these options work for you, using toothpicks or soft picks may be best for you. Picks will help remove plaque or food debris from in between your teeth, but what it doesn’t do is remove anything that may be stuck in between the teeth contacts (those little areas that are prone to decay). But using a dental toothpick is better than using nothing at all!

    How to use mouthwash

    One more way to boost your home care is by adding mouthwash to your daily routine. Mouthwash helps kill that bad bacteria in your mouth, which helps reduce the chances of gingivitis and also helps fight bad breath. Adding mouthwash to your brushing and flossing will create an optimal oral self-care routine at home. Hope to see you all soon! In the meantime, please use these tips to improve your dental hygiene, as you now have plenty of time of your hands to start these healthy habits.                        Sara Gordon                                 Brooke Huston