A message from Crystal Dental Centre

March 14th, 2020  |  Published in Articles, Highlight

As many of you know, there has recently been increased attention regarding Coronavirus-related developments. As such, we feel it is necessary to let our patients know that we are aware of the evolving situation and are taking appropriate precautionary measures to prevent transmission. Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our patients and employees.

As of March 12, 5:45pm PDT, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada, and Vancouver Coastal Health says the risk of coronavirus disease transmission continues to remain low for residents of British Columbia. While the risk remains low, we recognize that patients may have some questions about how we’re responding to this situation.

Being in a highly regulated field of dentistry we are already held to extremely high standards to operate in a clean environment. We have many measures in place above and beyond the required IPAC (infection prevention and control) expectations from Public Health authorities of British Columbia. However, given the situation we want to ensure the safety of our patients and staff by taking further actions to prevent potential spread of COVID-19:

We are asking patients a series of screening questions regarding recent travel and/or symptoms related to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, we have implemented increased frequency of cleaning and wipe down sessions of our patient lounge and front desk/business desk.

We strongly encourage patients with symptoms of cough, headache, fever, or shortness of breath to refrain from attending their appointments, instead to stay at home and contact HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for further counsel. Furthermore, we advise anyone returning from outside of Canada to remain at home for at least 2 weeks and to self-monitor/avoid outside contact.

Though the risk is currently low in Canada, we feel it is best practice to implement these strategies now ahead of time to ensure our preparedness and to protect our patients and staff. Our entire team has been briefed on our prevention and control policies and will continue to take any additional steps that are deemed necessary.

We thank you for your patience as we make changes to provide you with the best possible service during this fluid situation. Please feel free to contact us with with any questions or concerns you may have.

From our family to yours, we wish you good health.

Crystal Dental Centre

Useful resources

We encourage our members to stay informed about the facts surrounding COVID-19 and recommend the following links to qualified authorities:

Public Health Agency of Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html
World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
Government Travel Advice and Advisories https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html
PDC and Vancouver Coastal Health http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/covid-19-notification-for-attendees-of-pacific-dental-conference-2020

Gum disease – hygiene treatment

December 5th, 2008  |  Published in Articles, Highlight

We need your co-operation, because it is your mouth and your health

Traditionally, hygiene treatment has taken the form of a cleaning visit approximately every 6 months. However, in the light of new research, we now know that we need to devote more time to improved hygiene procedures.

Gum disease is the most common cause of adult tooth loss around the world today. It often starts without symptoms or awareness, and is caused by infectious bacteria which multiply when your resistance is lowered for whatever reason. New research allows us to control these bacteria.

When we examine your mouth we shall be classifying the state of your gums according to the world-wide codes for categorising gum disease:

  • Code 0  Clinical health – No gum disease
  • Code 1  Bleeding gums – on brushing or probing
  • Code 2  Calculus (or tartar) – which cause gum inflammation
  • Code 3  Pocket development – progressive destruction
  • Code 4  Pockets over 5,5mm – severe advanced disease

It is highly recommended to monitor your dental condition on every visit by charting certain parameters:

  • Plaque scores
  • Bleeding points
  • Pocket dimensions
  • Mobilities

This will enable us to see, at each visit, whether your gum condition is improving, deteriorating, or remaining the same.

For healthy gums, we must keep a plaque score below 10%

Number of appointments – we will need to see you for as many appointments as are necessary for you to achieve and maintain a plaque score below 10%. For most patients’ this will mean probably two appointments in the first instance; if the gum condition is more destructive then up to five or more appointments may be necessary. The first step in treating your mouth will be to teach you to understand your bacteria, so you can begin to realize why you are like you are, in spite of whatever efforts you have been making. We shall also teach you how to control your disease once a day through disruption of these bacteria. Together with our team member you will co-discover why you have some areas of bacterial infection and how to deal with these so that your mouth remains healthy.  The hygienist will carefully clean and polish every surface of every tooth so that the bacteria can be kept under control. Some bacteria always live normally in your mouth, and it is a matter of keeping these bacteria under control.

Once you are able to keep these bacteria under control we shall place you on our recare wellness maintenance program. To determine your risk for gum diseases we will obtain special unique test for it. To maintain healthy gums we need to maintain the following criteria:

  1. No gum pockets over 3mm
  2. No bleeding when brushing or probing
  3. No mouth odour
  4. No calculus either above or below the gums
  5. No discharge or matter in the pockets
  6. No redness or discolouration of the gums
  7. No plaque scores over 10%
  8. No heavy stains

Our team member will also be carrying out a regular polishing of the teeth and irrigation of the gum pockets to stop bacteria from re-colonising. It only takes bacteria 6 weeks to organize themselves and stick to the surfaces of the teeth. It takes another 6 weeks for the toxins and waste products of the bacteria to cause disease of the gum tissues – leading to gingivitis and periodontitis. We must prevent this from happening, so the hygienist will instruct you in how frequently you need to be seen on the recare wellness maintenance program

Whether you do so is entirely up to you.

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