This spring has been anything but normal and although there have been many changes, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety. With your safety being our utmost priority and to help flatten the curve, we have made a few changes to our clinic.
Acrylic Social Distancing Barriers
For the safety of both our patients and team, Heritage House Dental has installed Acrylic Social Distancing Barriers. The use of the Acrylic Social Distancing Barriers reduces the airborne contaminants and the spread of viruses while simultaneously providing a fully transparent view to communicate from either side of the barrier.
Social Distancing Practices
To help flatten the curve, Heritage House Dental has implemented new Social Distancing Practices to the clinic. To make it a little easier for you when you arrive, we have placed signs throughout the office to know exactly where you can stand and sit at a distance from any other party in the clinic.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Where social distancing is not possible, our team is prepared with their PPE, such as face masks and face shields. To take a step further, we also ask all patients to wear a face mask or covering while in the building.
HEPA with UV-C Light Technology and Surgically Clean Air Purifiers
Heritage House Dental uses Surgically Clean Air Purifiers as well as HEPA Filters with UV-C Light Technology to improve the quality of the indoor air for our patients and team. These world-class medical-grade air purifiers remove chemicals, toxins, germs, odors, and most importantly they destroy airborne viruses to help reduce the spread of illness.
After four long months, the ministry of Health has lifted the restrictions that were placed back in March. While Heritage House Dental has always followed strict infection control standards, during these unprecedented times the standards have been raised and in order to keep us all protected during this pandemic and in the future, we have updated our protocols. When we see you at your next appointment, things will be a little different.
Prior to your visit with us, we ask that you fill out a COVID-19 pre-screening form which will be emailed to you. Please note if you are accompanying a minor or are a caregiver attending the appointment with a patient, you will also be required to fill out a pre-screening form prior to the appointment.
Before You See Us
To follow proper social distancing measures, we ask you to arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment and call us upon your arrival. We will be using a virtual waiting room and we ask you to remain in your car or wait outside of the clinic, and once your chair is ready for you we will let you know when to enter the clinic. Please note we are asking for all patients to come to their appointment alone.
Once you are notified to enter the clinic we ask for you to read through our COVID-19 screening prior to entering the building. Once inside you will be asked to sanitize your hands, put a mask on, then proceed to the reception desk where a staff member will check you in and take your temperature.
There are several sanitizing dispensers throughout the clinic for your convenience. Please note if you are a caregiver entering the clinic with a patient, you will also be asked to follow these steps.
To make social distancing a little easier for you, we have placed signs throughout the office to know exactly where to stand and sit at a distance from any other party in the clinic.
During these unprecedented times, our team has taken action wearing more personal protective equipment (PPE), such as face masks and face shields.
You will also notice a few more changes inside the clinic to maintain a physical distance, such as an acrylic social distancing barrier surrounding the reception desk and social distancing signs.
Please note in order to maintain social distancing, appointments will now be spaced out. Although this will restrict flexibility for scheduling your appointment, it will allow us to follow appropriate social distancing measures.
Your safety is our utmost priority! The protocols listed above are designed to create the safest environment for you, other patients, and our team.
We thank you for your patience and loyalty throughout this ordeal. We value your trust and look forward to welcoming you back!
Have you ever experienced sensitivity to cold or hot foods while eating? How about some discomfort upon biting or chewing? Or maybe your tooth has constant sharp or dull pain. As different as they may seem, all of these are symptoms of a tooth ache and just like the various symptoms, there are also various possible problems that can be causing your tooth ache.
In order to understand why the dental pain occurs it is interesting to know that every tooth is formed by two surrounding layers of hard structure and also has an inner network of blood vessels and nerves that is known as the pulp. In a healthy tooth, the pulp is completely sealed off from the outside environment, but in the event of brake through this natural shield, an inflammation of the pulp could occur and a tooth ache may persist. The most common reasons for a tooth ache are: tooth decay, inflammation of the pulp, a crack in the tooth, or a dental infection.
Tooth decay refers to a cavity formation on the outer layers of the tooth. This typically occurs over time by plaque accumulation (a sticky collection of bacteria that accumulates from sugar and starches). When plaque continues to build up it produces acidity that will demineralize the hard enamel of the tooth, resulting in weak areas and eventually holes in the tooth. Over time the enamel brakes down and that is when a cavity forms. Even though tooth decay is for the most part painless, as the decay spreads towards the inner layers of the tooth it becomes more sensitive. This sensitivity will be felt by the pulp of the tooth.
Inflammation of the Pulp (Pulpitis)
When the tooth decay extends deep into the pulp, reaching the network of blood vessels and nerves, it could become inflamed. The inflammation can lead to pressure could build up inside the tooth and surrounding tissues. Inflammation of the pulp may not only occur from tooth decay, other conditions that could possibly lead to pulpitis are trauma to the tooth or the result of a series of invasive procedures in the past on the tooth. The main symptom of pulpitis is an exaggerated sensibility with various stimulus, mostly temperature related being either cold or hot.
A cracked tooth is a frequent encounter associated with excessive force applied when biting on certain hard objects such as ice or popcorn, it could also be associated with severe clenching, grinding, or trauma to the mouth (such as a blow to the face in sports or a car accident). The American Association of Endodontics had identified five types of cracked teeth: craze line, fractured cusps, cracked tooth, split tooth, vertical root fracture. Symptoms of a cracked tooth may include sharp pain when biting, chewing, or sensitivity with cold, hot or even to sweet or sour foods.
A dental infection will typically occur in association with an untreated deep cavity or pulpitis. As previously mentioned for a cavity and pulpitis, a dental infection will likely begin with a build up of bacteria inside the pulp network. The infected pulp will have only one place to drain – at the tip of the root. The pressure from the draining infection into the surrounding areas will be perceived as constant pain that will likely worsen when chewing on the tooth or even the slightest tap on the tooth. If left untreated, pain may become severe and swelling can occur.
After looking through the different symptoms and possible reasons of a tooth ache, it is important to know that regardless of the source of pain, any ongoing symptoms should be addressed by a dentist for further assessment and treatment that will help relive the pain and save your natural tooth.
Heritage House Dental invites you to join us for our Free March Break Camps. That’s right! Camps at the dental office!! Camps are free, fun and educational. This is a great opportunity to bring your little one as a first introduction to the dental office.
Kids will enjoy:
Fun and interactive presentation by a Registered Dental Hygienist
Crafts and games to help your child learn how to maintain a healthy smile for life
Introduction to our Sugar Bugz Be Gone program with an invitation to become a Tooth Hero
Goody bag to take home with educational materials on dental health to further their learning experience
The following dates are available: Monday, March 16, 2020 Thursday, March 19, 2020
View the video below to see all the fun we’ve had in previous years.
This year we celebrated our 10th Annual Victorian Christmas, a fantastic tradition that grows in popularity every year. This year was very well attended, with Ron Starr, our Mississauga Councillor, dropping by to say hello to the big man himself, Santa Claus.
Every year, we make sure that Santa has his annual dental check-up while he is in town, and we are happy to report that he has been cavity free for the 10th year in a row! Mr. Starr and many children were excited to have their photo taken with Santa after his check-up. Some of these children have been attending our Victorian Christmas every year for ten years, and we love to watch how their bond with Santa grow each time they see him.
Our guests also had lots of fun singing carols, and savouring many tasty baked treats during this event. To help the Sugar Bugz get home after indulging in these sweets, we introduced the children to our popular Sugar Bugz Be Gone program. Children love these fun, colourful cartoon characters, and they are a great way to teach the wee ones how to maintain healthy smiles for life.
Heritage House Dental would like to thank everyone that attended this wonderful event. We also thank you for the donations to our food drive and for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you next year at our 11th annual Victorian Christmas!
It’s that time of year again and like every year, to kick start the holiday season, Heritage House Dental is proud to donate to the 2019 Basketeers.
Each year violence and abuse drive more than 100,000 women and children out of their homes. Basketeers is an organization that assists these women as they transition back into the community after leaving a shelter.
The simple necessities and niceties of life are bundled in a basket and gifted to women as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. Many of us would take the contents for granted but they are invaluable to these courageous women and their children, as they embark on a new beginning.
The doctors and staff at Heritage House Dental take pride in giving back to the community. We wish everyone a Happy Holidays!
On Sunday November 3rd, our Dental Dream Team stepped up their game… 1,776 steps to be exact! This was our first year attending The Greater Toronto United Way’s CN Tower Climb. It was a fun day, spent with great people, raising funds for a fantastic cause.
All together we had 12 climbers, and are proud to announce we raised $1,585 that will go towards helping communities in the Greater Toronto Area rise from poverty to possibility, creating opportunities for a better life for thousands of individuals and families!
This was definitely a day filled with feelings of accomplishment and we look forward to the 2020 climb!
We love Halloween! Instead of our usual staff, patients and Tooth Heroes were entertained by all sorts of surprise visitors, from Alice in Wonderland to a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, a Vampire, a Social Butterfly, and even a Prisoner! While we love giving out goodies, Halloween spirit was alive and well at Heritage House Dental. We hope everyone’s Halloween was as Spooktacular as ours was!!
Victorian Christmas at Heritage House Dental turns ten years old this year! This event has become a favourite family tradition in Mississauga. If you have been to one of our previous Victorian Christmas celebrations, we would love to see you again. If you haven’t attended one yet, come and see what all the fun is about.
Enjoy live Christmas music throughout the day, and have your photo taken with the famous jolly man himself, Father Christmas. Of course, no celebration is complete without yummy treats, so we will have lots of those as well. See below for our agenda and mark your calendars for some festive family fun on December 1st!
12:00pm – 4:00pm Pictures with Father Christmas.
Victorian era inspired refreshments will be served throughout the day’s festivities.
Write your Christmas wish list for Santa or bring your own letter to Santa.
Enter to win a Christmas gift basket.
We can’t wait to see you at the 10th Annual Victorian Christmas Celebration!
Be sure to view the video below of a previous Victorian Christmas.