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Senior Services

Patient Testimonials

" Both my husband and I had been given excellent dental care by this superb dentist for 16 years. Over the years our experiences with her had proved that she cares deeply about the dental health of her patients in using the latest, most advanced techniques and knowledge which she acquired and updated constantly in her practice. "
Tania Lambert
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As an inclusive family dental practice, we see patients of varying ages. Throughout the stages of life, the extent of oral care needed changes. For the senior patient, we recognize special needs and provide care for the best interest of each person. We take several factors into account when treating our senior patients, such as medical conditions, medications or medical treatments, and overall health. Looking past the teeth and gums alone, we seek to enhance wellbeing through comprehensive care that includes at-home care tips and nutritional guidance when needed.

We are careful to assess the health of the gums of our older patients, as the risk of gum disease tends to increase as we age. Adding to this potential may be conditions such as arthritis, which may make it more difficult to perform daily oral hygiene practices adequately to thoroughly eliminate harmful bacteria. To alleviate any problems and save teeth, we may recommend more frequent professional cleanings or nutritional guidance from our partner nutritionist. Working with our nutritionist can be highly beneficial to create a less acidic oral environment through dietary changes, thus inhibiting the activity of harmful bacteria.

Keeping gums healthy also comes from what is done on a daily basis at home. Regardless of age, our patients are encouraged to brush teeth two times a day for a full two minutes, and floss once a day. For added protection against gum disease, an antibacterial mouthwash can be used after brushing.

Studies have shown that seniors are more likely to develop the condition of dry mouth. It is natural for saliva production to slow as we age, but this occurrence leads to the progression of gum disease. In addition to the natural slowing of saliva production, seniors may develop dry mouth as a result of certain medications, such as:
  • Pain relievers
  • Decongestants
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Antidepressants
  • Diuretics
  • Medications for Blood pressure, incontinence, or Parkinson's disease

In addition to excellent oral care practices and regular professional cleanings, patients may combat dry mouth by drinking plenty of water every day, and by chewing sugar-free gum or sucking on sugar-free candy.

We take extra precautions with our senior patients to promote oral and general health. Comprehensive evaluations include assessment of teeth and gums, as well as screening for oral cancer. To maintain healthy teeth and gums late into life, contact us for on-going dental care.

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My Code Of Practice

Provide mercury free dentistry using a mercury safety protocol. As recommended by International Association of Oral Medicine & Toxicology (IAOMT)
Holistic dentist who treats patients as a whole person to promote general well being.
I work with nutritional and detoxification specialists who will provide added advice and information on overall wellness.
I keep time. By allocating sufficient time for specific treatments will ensure a job well done and patient never feel rushed.
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Dr. Tong Reviewed by
Shona Murray
Having recently undergone major orthognathic surgery followed by orthodontic treatment, I am currently consulting Dr Tong with regard to the final stage of my bite correction. Dr Tong has taken time to present to me the various treatment options, each designed to give optimum results in the most cost effective manner. After many consultations, she continues to be committed to achieving my desired functional and cosmetic results and I have no hesitation in recommending her services for all manner of dental treatment.
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