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
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 teethBrushing 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 GingivitisGingivitis 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 flossAnother 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 mouthwashOne 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
Individually Fitted Sports Mouthguard, Customized to Your Team ColoursIf you’ve enrolled your child or yourself into a contact sport or activity, you have undoubtedly created a list of safety equipment you will need. If a mouth guard isn’t on your list of equipment, add it now! Call 416-233-6453 for Toronto dentist sports guards.
What is a mouthguard?Mouthguards are resilient appliances that fit over your teeth. When worn during contact activities, mouthguards help protect against injuries to the teeth, jaw and areas in and around your mouth.
How does a sport’s mouthguard work?When there is an impact to your mouth or jaw, a mouthguard acts as a cushion that redistributes the force of the blow evenly. Studies show that properly fitted sport’s mouthguards when worn during an impact can prevent or lessen the severity of injuries such as concussion, neck injuries and other potentially severe injuries. A mouthguard provides a barrier between your teeth and your mouth’s soft tissue. As a result, sport’s mouthguards help prevent damage to teeth as well as cuts to lips, gums, and other soft tissue in and around your mouth.
Choosing a MouthguardMouthguards vary in terms of cost, comfort, and effectiveness. The ideal mouthguard is durable, resilient, and comfortable. It should fit properly, be easy to clean, and should not affect your ability to breathe or speak.
Types of Sport’s Mouthguards
Stock Sport’s MouthguardsThese are ready-made. You simply place the appliance in your mouth and use it “as is.” You can buy these in stores that sell sporting goods. They are also sold over the Internet. They provide some basic protection and should be worn if you have no other options. These mouthguards do not grip the teeth, and it can be difficult to keep them in place unless you bite down on them constantly while you are wearing them.
Boil-and-bite Sport’s MouthguardsThese are made from materials that are resilient under normal conditions, but become pliable when heated. You place this type of mouthguard into very hot water until it softens, and then bite into it so it will take the shape of your mouth and fit more closely over your teeth. The mouthguards are easier to keep in place and offer slightly more protection than the stock version.
Custom-Fitted Sport’s MouthguardsThese are prescribed and fitted by a dental professional. The process involves making a model of your teeth and then moulding the mouthguard material around the dental model to ensure a close and comfortable fit. This model of sport’s mouthguard may cost slightly more but will offer you the highest level of protection and comfort of your options. If you or your children wear braces or other fixed orthodontic appliances, it is especially important to have a mouthguard that fits properly. Otherwise, an impact to the mouth can damage the brackets and wires of the braces, and can also cause added damage (cuts and tears) to the soft tissue inside your mouth. Mouthguards are usually worn only on the upper teeth, but people with braces on their lower teeth should consider using mouthguards on both sets of teeth. The team at Dental Health Centre in Toronto can create mouth guards for you and your children ensuring that your activities are safer for your smile.
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Find a Toronto Invisalign Dentist EasilyIf you’re already self conscious about your smile, traditional braces that may attract more attention to your teeth may have held you back from improving your smile…That is until now!
A Toronto Invisalign Dentist you can trustOur office in Toronto offers Invisalign as an alternative to traditional braces. Invisalign creates custom fitted removable trays which are changed about every two weeks, progressively straightening, aligning and improving your smile. The Invisalign Aligners are clear and virtually unnoticeable to those around you. Although they will notice that you smile more often! Depending on your individual situation, the Invisalign procedure usually takes about a year but the results are undisputable. There are other advantages to Invisalign beyond that aesthetic nature of the treatment: Applicable to mane orthodontic corrections Metal braces can be unattractive, with bulky brackets, wires and elastics The removable trays allow for easier cleaning and oral hygiene practices. Trays can be removed when eating. Research has shown that periodontal tissue health may improve with use of invisalign aligners More beautiful smiles during and after treatment If you’ve been avoiding straightening your teeth due to the nature of traditional braces ask us about Invisalign on your next visit.
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Composite fillings are also called plastic or white fillings. Getting this kind of filling depends on where the tooth is in your mouth. We bite down hard on our back teeth (molars), so a plastic filling may not be a good choice. Talk to your dentist about other options.To place this filling, your dentist cleans all decay from the tooth and puts a glue (or bonding material) on the inside of the hole. Composite resin is put into the hole in thin layers. Each layer gets hard with the help of a special light that your dentist holds over the tooth. When the last layer of the filling is hard, your dentist shapes the filling so it looks and feels natural.
AdvantagesThese fillings will be the same colour as your natural teeth. They cost less than gold fillings. They are direct fillings, so they can be done in one appointment, in most cases.
If one or more of your teeth are missing, there are a number of ways to replace them. An alternative to bridges, partials or complete dentures may be dental implants. Implants are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. They are comfortable and look like natural teeth.A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.
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Finding good Toronto Dental Crowns is not easy! Look no further!
The Dental Health Center provides quality and affordable Toronto Dental CrownsA Toronto Dental crown is a covering that sits over the top of the tooth creating a tooth surface to protect, cover, seal and strengthen your tooth. Crowns are used in many different scenarios as they are effective and often allow us to save a tooth rather than turning to implants. Situations where a crown may be the solution include; Larger fillings that have broken down or have formed decay around them may need a crown to save the tooth. A cracked tooth may need a crown to hold it together. Be careful not to wait too long as an untreated cracked tooth can become sensitive or eventually break. Teeth that are very sensitive, either from a lot of “wear”, or from receded gums, sometimes require crowns to seal and protect the teeth from hot and cold sensitivity. A tooth that has broken may be too weak to hold a filling. A crown will hold the tooth together and prevent it from breaking again. If the fracture is too deep, Root Canal Therapy may be required before the tooth is crowned. A tooth that has undergone Root Canal Therapy will need a crown to properly seal and protect the tooth. A crown may be the solution to saving that tooth; Dr. Kutzko will evaluate your needs depending on your oral health and the condition of your teeth.
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Look no further for your Toronto Dental Inlays!
Toronto Dental Inlays offered by the Dental Health Center that are high quality and affordable!Toronto Dental inlays occupy a middle ground in tooth restorations. If you have a mild to moderate amount of decay or a cracked/fractured tooth that is not damaged severely enough to require a crown then we will use an Inlay to restore your tooth. Toronto Dental inlays are used to treat teeth that have decay or damage within their top surfaces. Their placement usually requires two visits. On the first visit we will take a moulding of your teeth, and place a temporary onlay. This mould is sent to a dental laboratory to create a restoration that is custom fit to your tooth. On your second visit we will cement the inlay into place and you can go on with your day! Dental inlays are made from a durable, tooth coloured material that offers long lasting and natural looking results. They are bonded very securely to the tooth adding structural integrity while helping to prevent bacteria from entering the tooth causing decay. It is often very difficult to find a dentist in Toronto that offers quality and affordable dental inlay services in the Greater Toronto Area. The Dental Health Center is located near Royal York station, right on Bloor Street West. We offer free consultation services as well as flexible payment options and hours of operation to cater to your needs as much as possible.
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Need Toronto Dental Bonding? Look no further!
Toronto Dental Bonding services you can trustToronto Dental Bonding is a composite resin filling placed on your teeth. Composites are the materials used for restoring decayed teeth, making cosmetic improvements and even changing the colour and reshaping of teeth.
Toronto Dental Bonding is a versatile treatment and can be used to:
Repair decayed teeth Fix cracked or chipped teeth Close gaps between your teeth Change the shape of your teeth Improve the look of discoloured teethBonding has become a common procedure and can usually be completed in one short visit! Toronto Dental Bonding will cover any natural flaws by first applying a thin coating on the front surface of your teeth to which the bonding material is applied. Bonding can be sculpted, coloured and shaped to provide the look and feel that you desire. Don’t let your desire to have a beautiful healthy smile be discouraged by overpriced, unprofessional dental services. Our fully equipped, professional courteous dental office at the Dental Health Center are very accommodating with scheduling and financing. Contact us today to book an appointment Next time you’re in the office ask Dr. Kutzko if bonding can improve your smile.
Toronto Dental Digital X-Rays are reliable and very accurate
If you’re looking for Toronto Dental Digital X-rays you’ve come to the right place!We are pleased to inform you that we have incorporated the Kodak digital x-ray system into our practice. Some of the benefits are:
- Low dose digital x-rays produce two thirds less radiation than conventional film x-rays
- environmentally friendly to our patients and team members as film processing chemicals are eliminated
- images can be instantly viewed through our office monitors and easily transferred by email or cd
- consistent high performance technology creates high quality results for accuracy and safe diagnosis
- Find decay and abnormalities between teeth and below the gum line
- Monitor the effects of periodontal conditions
- Monitor your jaw bone and the position of your teeth
- Monitor areas of concern before they become a problem
- Detect any growths or abnormality in your jawbone that may be a sign something more serious
- Get a complete picture of your teeth in relation to each other and your mouth (both inside and out)
- digital x-rays are much faster than traditional x-rays
- there is much less radiation
- the images can be enhanced for a more thorough diagnosis