WE ARE OPEN! Special covid-19 patient treatment protocol
Covid-19

We are very excited to announce that we are open and so pleased to be able to welcome you to the Dentists of Chimney Heights.

Prior to re-opening our clinic we have made alterations in the clinic, in our operatories and in the way in which we provide treatment to patients. These changes are designed firstly to protect you while you are in our clinic and secondly to enable us to provide you with the exact same level of professional treatment in a manner consistent with the requirements and conditions set down by the Provincial Health Officer and the College of Dental Surgeons of BC.

Although all of our staff and doctors have returned, you will see physical changes in our clinic to protect you – we have isolated each operatory to prevent infection and to make it easier and to complete a full and thorough cleaning of equipment and fixtures between patients. We will also be wearing protective clothing, face shields and masks.

When you call for your appointment our receptionist will go through the COVIC-19 questions stipulated the College. We are booking appointments with sufficient time allowed to limit the number of patients in the clinic at any given time and to ensure minimum waiting times. We will ask you to come to the clinic by yourself unless you are a senior or have a disability and need assistance. If you are making an appointment for a child, we will ask that one other person only can come with the child. Unfortunately you are not able to bring family members or friends with you to the appointment unless they are prepared to wait for you outside the clinic until your treatment is completed.

When you arrive for your appointment you may enter the reception area. You will again be asked if you have any fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. The receptionist will also quickly check your body temperature with a touchless forehead thermometer as soon as you arrive. Your waiting time in the reception area will be only a matter of minutes and no other patients will be waiting in the same area. As soon as your operatory is ready for you we will move you in for your treatment.

WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN TO PROTECT YOU AND TO KEEP YOU SAFE. WE WILL BE CONTINUALLY UPDATING OUR TREATMENT PROTOCOL OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS TO ADJUST TO ANY CHANGES REQUIRED BY THE PROVINCIAL HEALTH OFFICER OR THE COLLEGE. WE APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE AS WE WORK THROUGH THIS TOGETHER.

How Do I Choose the Right Toothbrush?

How Do I Choose the Right Toothbrush?

Finding the right toothbrush can be a challenging task because there are so many different sizes, shapes and styles in the market. What toothbrush is the right one for you?

What Toothbrush Bristle Type Should I Use?

Toothbrushes come with nylon bristles that range from hard to soft. Although all bristle types can effectively remove plague and debris from your teeth, dental professionals often recommend soft-bristled toothbrushes because they are less likely to cause damage to the gums and root surface.

What Size Should My Toothbrush Head Be?

Finding the right size toothbrush head is important. Toothbrush heads come in a variety of sizes, but the ideal toothbrush head should fit your mouth and allow you to easily reach all surfaces on your teeth while brushing.

For young children, a small toothbrush head is ideal because they have a smaller mouth. Adults should choose a toothbrush head that works best for them, as long as it reaches all surfaces of their teeth.

How Often Should I Replace My Toothbrush?

As time passes by, your toothbrush starts to wear and bacteria can accumulate in the brush. Bacteria accumulation can lead to gum disease, which can cause bone loss and other health problems . You should replace your toothbrush at least every three months or when it slowly starts to wear. You should also change your toothbrush after getting a cold or a flu as germs may accumulate in your bristles. Avoid sharing your toothbrush.

Does Cost Matter?

Buying a good quality toothbrush does not have to be costly at all, but do keep in mind to avoid untrusted brands and cheap toothbrushes like the ones you would find at a dollar store. There is no guarantee that those toothbrushes were made to be safe and effective. Your oral hygiene and health are important, and it is worth investing in a trusted, well-known brand when buying your toothbrush.

Should I Use an Electric Toothbrush?

Manual toothbrushes and electric toothbrushes can both effectively clean your teeth, and so far there has been little evidence to suggest that electric toothbrushes can clean better. Nonetheless, the electric toothbrush may be more preferable to some people, such as those with limited manual dexterity or arthritis.

The cost of an electric toothbrush is much more expensive than a manual toothbrush, but depending on your personal needs, decide which type of toothbrush is best for you.