Dear Patients,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all dental offices were advised by dental authorities in Ontario to provide only emergency and essential treatment - effective immediately. We will be closing our office until April 6th. This is the best decision for our patients and community as a whole - to practice social distancing, limit the virus spread, and protect the health of our staff, patients and community.

Emergency cases for our existing patients will still be seen during the closure, subject to mandatory COVID-19 screening. If you have a dental emergency we are here to help you. Please contact the office as usual.

We will respond to all your emails, phone calls and voicemails as usual.

Our dentists are currently reviewing the schedule to determine which patients have an emergency treatment scheduled. One of our staff members will be in touch within the next two days to discuss your individual situation.

All hygiene/cleaning appointments are postponed. If you currently have a hygiene or cleaning appointment scheduled within the closure dates we will be reaching out to you shortly to rebook these from April 6th onwards.

We are closely following the guidance and advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Centre of Disease Control, the World Health Organization and other global and provincial health agencies.

As these are complicated times, things are changing quickly and we’re committed to keeping you informed. Let’s all do our part, and we will get through this together!

Thank you,

Dr. Tuli, Dr. Pavelic and the team at Sherway Dentistry

New Patients & Emergencies Welcome! 416.639.2546
sherway dentistry - Location 190 Sherway Dr., Suite 302 (third floor) | Etobicoke, ON M9C 5N2

VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening

While detecting and treating dental conditions such as cavities and gum disease are top priorities to dentists and their patients, statistics on oral cancer suggest that routine screening for this condition is very important. Each year, as many as 30,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed. Deaths linked to oral cancer amount to about 8,000 annually. While there are several risk factors for oral cancer, as much as 25 percent of diagnosed cases have none, and many of these cases involve individuals younger than 40.

Mortality associated with various types of cancer, including colon cancer and cervical cancer, has improved a great deal. Oral cancer, on the other hand, has not improved in terms of survival rates for the past fifty years. The key to survival is early detection, and we believe the earliest possible detection for oral cancer comes from the use of accurate technology. At sherway dentistry in Etobicoke, patients can expect oral cancer screening that goes beyond the traditional manual examination of the head and neck. Dr. Tuli is happy to provide an examination of mucosal tissues using the precision VELscope® device.

VELscope® helps your dentist see mucosal tissues with greater clarity. This is because this device allows viewing of tissue under fluorescence, or blue light. White light, even with magnification, allows the dentist to see surface tissue only. Blue light, on the other hand, has an exciting effect on tissues that cause them to "light up" when healthy. Unhealthy cells, in white light, look no different from healthy cells. Under fluorescence, unhealthy cells in potentially diseased tissue will not light up. Next to healthy, glowing tissue, unhealthy tissue will look very dark and alert the dental team that further testing is needed to identify the primary concern.

Oral cancer screenings can significantly improve the survival rate for identified disease. Once unhealthy tissues can be identified with magnification and physical examination alone, disease has become more invasive and concerning. VELscope® adds only a minute or two to the routine dental examination and gives us early information that can lead to successful treatment.

Sherway dentistry offers a wide range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services. VELscope® oral cancer screening is included in your routine check-up at no additional cost.

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