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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

New Patients & Emergencies Welcome! 905.581.4436
Burloak Centre Dentistry - Location 3513 Wyecroft Rd. | Oakville, ON L6L 0B6

VELscope® oral cancer screening

Oral cancer is a concerning condition due to its prevalence in our country. Currently, as many as 30,000 new diagnoses for oral cancer are made each year, and as many as 8,000 deaths occur. While the survival rate for other types of cancers has improved significantly in recent decades, improvement in survival rates for oral cancer have not changed in more than half a century. While there are specific risk factors associated with oral cancer, we have also seen up to 25 percent of new cases diagnosed without the presence of identified risks.

Mortality rates for conditions such as cervical cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer have all declined in recent years, primarily due to early detection through screening. Early detection and treatment saves lives. At Burloak Centre Dentistry, we believe our patients can benefit from early detection screening for oral cancer and we are proud to utilize the VELscope® device as an adjunct to the physical examination of the oral structure.

VELscope® is a precision hand-held device that aids the dental team in the identification of mucosal diseases. Screening with this device provides a more in-depth view of the oral mucosa, or soft tissues in the mouth, using fluorescence.

Viewing tissue in fluorescent light is quite different from viewing under white light. Fluorescence is a blue light. Under blue light, epithelial tissue and the underlying stroma are excited, causing them to fluoresce. When excited, abnormalities within tissues will look different from healthy tissue. Using white light alone, abnormal tissue may look just like surrounding healthy tissues.

Healthy tissue, when fluoresced, will glow a bright green hue. Areas of concern will appear quite dark by comparison due to a lack of fluorescence. Used in conjunction with manual cancer screening examination, the VELscope® significantly improves the chances for early detection of abnormalities to mucosal tissues. If identification does not take place until there are obvious physical signs, the disease has had a chance to spread.

VELscope® screening requires no special stains or rinses and takes only one to two minutes to complete. VELscope® oral cancer screening is included in your routine check-up at no additional cost.
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