A note to our community,

A note to our community,

We are Open!

Despite recent lockdown measures put in place across the province of Ontario, our clinic provides an essential service and thus remains open to see and treat patients.

We have extensive COVID-19 protocols in place to ensure that we maintain a safe space for all of our patients and the members of our team.

We continue to see new and exisiting patients. Please contact our office for an appointment with Dr. Fritz, Dr. Schuldt, or any one of our dental hygienists.

Thank you for your patience as we traverse this rapid.

Remember there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”

– Scott Adams

Periodontal health in patients with or without dry mouth: A retrospective study

Periodontal health in patients with or without dry mouth: A retrospective study

 

As our first line of treatment, patients to our office with a diagnosis of periodontal disease undergo non-surgical scaling and root planing (SRP) by our team of periodontal hygienists.  Following this initial treatment, patients return for their regular and ongoing periodontal maintenance appointments.

We have long known that our saliva, specifically our salivary flow rate (how much saliva we are able to produce) has an essential role in oral health.  

Therefore, the goal of this study was to ask the question “Do patients with dry mouth maintain similar clinical outcomes as patients without dry mouth 1-5 years after their initial deep cleaning?”

What we found: Probing depth (mm), the main clinical indicator for periodontal health, was similar in patients with and without dry mouth 1-5 years after their initial treatment.  

This is great news for patients who suffer from a condition known clinically as xerostomia, or dry mouth.  As long as patients with xerostomia continue to attend their regular and ongoing maintenance appointments, they see no difference in their oral health status compared to those with a normal salivary flow rate.

Written by: Taylor Sparrow, Peter C. Fritz, Philip Sullivan, and Wendy E. Ward

Demonstrating Resilience in a Professional Program during COVID-19

Demonstrating Resilience in a Professional Program during COVID-19

Resilience has been defined as the ability of an individual to withstand adversity.  A skill necessary in this day and age, as everyone has been affected by the global pandemic in some way.

Co-authored by one of the members of our Nursing Team, Meagan Noble, this article gives five pieces of advice for how to demonstrate resilience for students in a professional program during COVID-19.

1. Be Adaptable – Resilience can be demonstrated by adapting to new policies on short notice and the ability to rebound after a prolonged period of time without using clinical skills.

2. Be Optimistic – If you find it hard to identify the positives, start by recording the lessons you learned when things did not go as planned.  Continuously reflect and review this strategy to help engage in optimism.

3. Maintain and Strengthen Connections – Recognize that physical distancing does not equate to social distancing.  Connecting with like-minded people can help to decrease stress, protect our emotional well-being, and remind us that we are not alone.

4. Be Patient – Many aspects of our daily lives have changed, making delays inevitable.  Plan for longer wait times, even for mundane tasks such as grocery shopping.

5. Be Disciplined – Acknowledging your inclinations and eliminating distractions is key to self-discipline.  Setting a daily routine with a definitive plan and having an accountability partner are also helpful tools in establishing discipline.

Written by: Meagan Noble & Jordan Mackenzie