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Welcome back to Burloak Centre Dentistry
We're thrilled to share good news with you! We were given the go ahead by regulatory authorities allowing us to resume seeing patients at the office for all dental appointments. This includes fillings, crowns, hygiene, orthodontics, Invisalign, cosmetic procedures, dentures, etc.

We've made significant changes to how we manage patient flow and our office protocols for patient treatment - all with the sole purpose of ensuring you and your dental team remain safe by minimizing the risk of spreading the virus. These changes include physical barriers, allowing one person in the waiting room at a time, closed treatment rooms when required, air purifiers, enhanced PPE for patients and staff, and more.

There are new guidelines for patients as well. These include pre-screening before your appointment, hand hygiene, wearing a mask, and maintaining physical distancing. Details will be shared with you before your visit and also on our new COVID/Patient Safety page on our website.

We're excited about the changes to make your visit as safe and convenient as possible.

Our team is contacting all patients to reschedule missed appointments. If you need an appointment immediately, kindly contact the office at 905.581.4436, and we'll get you in as soon as possible. As you can imagine, we have a backlog of cancelled appointments from mid-March and your continued patience and understanding is truly appreciated as we get back and into a new routine at the clinic.
Thank-you for your patience, understanding, and words of support during the closure. We can't wait to see you again soon!

Sincerely,

Dr Tuli, Dr. Jha, and the rest of the team at Burloak Centre Dentistry

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Burloak Centre Dentistry - Location 3513 Wyecroft Rd, Unit H4, Oakville, ON L6L 0B6

Mistakes parents make with their children's dental health

Brushing and flossing, along with healthy food choices and regular dental care are recognized practices for cavity prevention. Looking at statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, we quickly see that parents have a bit of work to do when it comes to helping their children avoid these potentially painful little problems. The organization reports that 42 percent of children between 2 and 11 years old have been treated for cavities in baby teeth. Of those aged 6 to 11, 21 percent have been treated for cavities in permanent teeth. Discover some of the common mistakes that parents make in handling their children's oral health.

1. Bottles in bed

In a survey by the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 85 percent of parents polled stated that putting baby to bed with his or her bottle of juice or milk was a bad idea. The surprising statistic that followed was the 20 percent of those polled did this anyway. Experts are very clear in their belief that there is no faster way to cause tooth decay than to let your baby go to sleep with a bottle of any sugary beverage. If a bottle or sippy cup must be provided, it should contain only water if teeth are to be protected.

2. Unsupervised oral care

Until a child is about 8 years old, he, or she lacks the essential physical skills to handle the task of brushing and flossing efficiently. Until that time, parents should supervise oral hygiene and follow up, checking teeth carefully for signs of debris and plaque. It's not that kids have a lazy attitude towards taking care of their teeth, they simply aren't physically capable.

3. Putting off dental care

There are several reasons that the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages dental care for children by their first birthday. Many procedures involving general anesthesia are performed on children aged 2 to 3 in order to treat cavities and infection.

Children who begin seeing the dentist early and who obtain routine care every six months are not only set up for better oral health but are also more comfortable seeing the dentist.

4. Skipping the fluoride

Fluoride is a controversial topic. However, clinical evidence shows that the use of fluoride toothpaste is one of the best ways to prevent cavities. The American Dental Association recommends fluoride toothpaste for children of all ages, even those under the age of two. The amount needed to gain protection is very small. Up to the age of three, children need only about as much as a grain of rice. From three to six years of age, a pea-sized dollop of fluoride toothpaste is sufficient and safe. Parents concerned about fluoride may obtain information and discuss preventive treatment options with their dentist.

5. Not questioning "healthy" foods

Foods like bananas, raisons, and whole-grain crackers may look like healthy snack options and in many ways they are. "Healthy" foods can also be an issue depending on how sticky they are or how much sugar they contain. To protect teeth from sugar residue, these types of food are best consumed as a part of a meal, during which there is more saliva present to wash away debris.

6. Being fooled by healthier drinks

Many children regularly consume sports drinks instead of water. These beverages, like soda, stand in the way of the mouth's ability to regain a healthy pH balance. This is due to their high acidity. Teeth that are literally bathed in acid from soda and sports drinks are weakened and more prone to cavities.

7. "Cavities aren't that big a deal"

Cavities are a very common problem that we are sure children themselves would prefer not to have. Whether it is in a baby tooth or in a permanent tooth, a cavity can be a very big deal. All teeth are important. Baby teeth act as placeholders for permanent teeth and facilitate the healthy development of the jaw. Teeth are also pivotal to the development of speech and to self-esteem. If not treated, cavities become infections that cause children a great deal of discomfort.
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Dr. Shefali Tuli | Burloak Centre Dentistry

With a passion to serve others while maintaining the highest quality of care at her practice, Dr. Shefali Tuli ensures that her patients receive the best treatments available. She and her team take pride in providing dental services to patients of all ages.

A graduate from the University of Western Ontario, she is the head of dentistry and owner of Burloak Centre Dentistry. She is renowned for her skill and wealth of knowledge, along with her innate ability to create a warm and trustworthy atmosphere for her patients.
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