Dental Hygiene is more important now with the onset of the Coronavirus

Now more than ever, illness has been on everyone’s mind. Specifically, people are talking about the new Coronavirus and the horrific pandemic that is not only lethal, but also very contagious. The World Health Organization has recently declared nCoV as a global health emergency. As a Family, Cosmetic Dentist in Burlington, I am a primary care provider that upholds the responsibility not to spread the disease, or any diseases to my patients, the public, the staff and myself. Based on the latest recommendations by the Ministry of Health, we will screen patients over the phone before scheduling appointments and post signs in the reception area asking patients with symptoms to identify themselves. If a patient screens positive by phone (report of fever, new onset of cough or difficulty breathing, has travelled to the Hubei Province in the last 14 days before the onset of the illness/been in close contact with a person who has been to or from the Hubei Province in the last 14 days before their symptoms), we will contact our local public health unit and take other precautionary measures if the patient is in the office.

As a matter of fact, dentists are required to follow all Infection Prevention and Control guidelines in our dental office. When I perform dental cleanings, dental fillings, veneers, wisdom teeth extractions, dental implant surgery, or Invisalign-like clear aligner orthodontic treatments, I always follow the guidelines and regulations with respect to Infection Prevention and Control protocols. Our instrument cleaning and sterilization machines are maintained periodically based on the manufacturers’ instructions. Monitoring protocols are in place to make sure the machines are doing what they are supposed to do. Water lines are cleaned and disinfected periodically to prevent bacterial buildup inside the lines. It is an important aspect of our holistic approach to ensure the wellness of our patients are fully looked after.

My passion in dentistry encompasses high tech, advanced equipment and techniques. In the future, I will be investing in the opportunity to have 3D cone beam computed tomography (CBCT), soft tissue laser machine, a digital scanner and a piezo surgical unit. With more advanced machines, I can see a lot more in patients’ teeth and jaws to detect any abnormalities in any areas, and to be able to place my implants precisely using guided surgical techniques. For example, I can trim and modify the shape and texture of the gums accurately to achieve the desired beautiful cosmetic smile in aesthetic dentistry, and to be able to place the veneers with no visible margin in the gums. I would also be able to take very precise impressions of teeth and mouths without the use of bulky trays and putty inside mouths. Finally, I can remove bone with precision and the least amount of trauma possible to the bone during wisdom teeth extractions, or during sinus lifts for implant surgery.

I always strive to provide the best dentistry and hygiene to my patients with the most advanced techniques. If you have a dental issue or concerns and are looking for a dentist for answers or treatment, please feel free to call Dr. Kenneth Wong at Affinity Dental Care for a dental consultation and examination.

Affinity Dental Care offers a clean dental practice with a focus on hygiene. We are located in Burlington. Dental problems don’t go away on their own. If you need caring, expert treatment for a dental emergency or any other dental issues, call Affinity Dental Care at (289)-861-5111 to book an appointment.


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