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.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum Disease

Gum Disease, also known as Periodontitis, is when gum inflammation, Gingivitis, leads to gum shrinkage and loosening of the teeth. Do note, however, that gum inflammation (Gingivitis) does not always progress on to become gum disease.

What Causes Gum Disease?

The primary cause of gum disease is plague, the invisible lining of bacteria that coats your teeth. Plague will cause your body to launch an immune response. This response, which is your body’s way of fighting the bacteria, will often lead to gum inflammation (Gingivitis). It will also start to break down the bone and connective tissue which holds your teeth in place. If this response continues over long periods of time, it will keep destroying the bone and gum tissue. Your teeth will no longer be anchored in place, they will become loose, which will eventually result in tooth lose.

Other factors which contribute to gum disease include:

What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Gum disease can often progress with little pain and obvious symptoms, sometimes even in its late stages. However, even subtle signs are helpful in detecting if you have gum disease, these are some of the signs to look out for:

How Can I Prevent Gum Disease?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is the key when it comes to preventing gum disease. Make sure to brush and floss your teeth adequately. This includes brushing your teeth for two minutes, twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

Using a mouthwash can also help to reduce the risk of gum disease by further removing any plague that may have been missed when brushing and flossing.

If you have any personal risk factors, it’s important to be aware of them and to speak to your dentist about it.