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OMG PERIO's Covid-19 Vaccine Update

January 27th, 2021


Do you have questions about the Covid-19 Vaccine?

Are you wondering when you will be vaccinated?

OMG Perio understands that you are being inundated with so much information regarding the Covid-19 vaccine which can be confusing and overwhelming.  With this in mind, we created a list of Covid-19 Vaccine FAQ’s to provide a brief overview. We hope you will find this helpful.

As always, OMG PERIO strives to keep our patients healthy and well informed. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Which Vaccines are available in Ontario?

95% effective
• 2 shots, 21 days apart
• Shot in the upper arm
• Recommended for ages 16+

• 94% effective
• 2 shots 28 days apart
• Shot in the upper arm
• Recommended for ages 18+

Multiple Other Vaccines under development

What type of Vaccine is being used to fight Covid-19?

Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna a New Type of mRNA Vaccine
• The mRNA teaches cells to make a protein from the virus to trigger an immune response to create antibodies.
• These antibodies help fight the infection if the real virus enters the body in the future

Viral Vector-based Vaccines -Genetically Modified & Harmless Viruses 
• once injected into the body, the viral vector produces a part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus
• its spike protein binds to our cells that starts the COVID19 infection
• triggers an immune response against the spike protein without exposing you to the virus that causes COVID-19

Virus-like Particle Vaccines that Mimic Viruses but Not Infectious
• Similar to real viral molecule
• Introduced into the body to trigger immune response without symptoms of the virus
• The body recognizes the virus and prevents infection in the future, giving immunity to that virus

Is the Covid-19 Vaccine Safe?  YES

Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses like COVID-19.

Vaccines work with your immune system so your body will be ready to fight the virus if you are exposed. This can reduce your risk of developing COVID-19 and make your symptoms milder if you do get it.

In addition, Dr. Glogauer has been vaccinated through his role as Head of Dental Oncology at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and he is feeling healthy with no issues.

Was the Covid-19 Vaccine Rushed? NO

Before Health Canada authorizes a vaccine, they assess with the following rigorous standards;
• Scientific and clinical evidence — including results of clinical trials — to determine if a vaccine product is safe, effective and manufactured to the highest quality
•Safety and efficacy of the vaccine to determine that there are no concerns, the vaccine can trigger an adequate immune response to protect against disease and the benefits outweigh the risks
• Manufacturing process to make sure the manufacturer can carry out the necessary quality controls for the vaccine

Can you get Covid-19 from the Vaccine? NO
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines rely on mRNA which does not contain a live version of the COVID-19 virus. Instead it delivers the genetic information (mRNA or a ‘recipe’) about the ‘spike’ protein that surrounds the COVID-19 virus and teaches your body how to spot and respond to this protein so when the real virus comes along, the body can fight it off.

Risks with the Covid-19 Vaccine

What Side Effects should I expect?
Injection site pain, swelling, redness
Muscle pain
Joint pain
Feeling unwell
Swollen lymph nodes

Who should not get the vaccine?
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the vaccine

What should you tell your vaccination provider before you receive the Covid-19 Vaccine?
If you have any of the following;
• Allergies
• Fever
• Bleeding disorder or on blood thinners
• Immunocompromised or on medicine that affects your immune system
• Pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breast feeding
• Received another Covid-19 Vaccine

Should I get the vaccine if I had COVID-19 illness?
Yes, since we do not know how long immunity will last

Do we still have to follow Safety protocols after the vaccine?
For now, the current protocols will remain in place;
• Wearing masks
• Physical distancing,
• Frequent handwashing
• Screening

Not everyone will be vaccinated at the same time during this large immunization therefore;
• We need to protect everyone who has not been vaccinated
• It will take time for the immune response to build up and kick in

When can I expect to get a vaccine?
The projection is that COVID-19 vaccines will be offered to everyone who wants by the end of 2021

Ontario’s Vaccination Plan has prioritized  initial doses for those who need it most

Phase 1: December 2020- Limited doses of the Vaccine available for;
• Front-line health-care workers
•Long-term care home residents
• Remote Indigenous communities

Phase 2: March 2021 - Increasing stock of Vaccines available for:
• All health care workers
• Residents and staff of other congregate settings
• Essential workers, including police, firefighters and those in food production

Phase 3: August 2021 Vaccines available widely across Ontario for:
• Anyone who wants to be immunized

How will I know when it is my turn?

Health Authorities will contact

  • Seniors 80 years and older
  • Indigenous seniors 65+ and Indigenous Elders

The province will launch a communication campaign that will inform residents of Phase 3


December 22nd, 2020

Dr. Al Danenberg a Nutritional Periodontist in South Carolina shares his research and insights about the importance of smiling;

Smile. That’s right. Just smile. Smile as if your life depends on it.  Because it does!

It only takes 20 seconds.

Smile with an enticing grin or a contagious, all-teeth-showing smile.

There’s science behind the anecdotal benefits of smiling.

  • A smile is contagious to those around you. It can lift your mood and those in your presence. It also can improve longevity.[1]
  • The act of smiling activates neural messaging in your brain.[2] The feel-good neurotransmitters in your brain are dopamine, endorphins and serotonin. They are released when you smile. Smiling not only relaxes your body, but it also can lower your heart rate and blood pressure.
  • When you smile, you look good. Studies have demonstrated that a person who smiles is more attractive to others than a person who does not smile.[3]

You can exude gratitude when you smile; especially during this pandemic take the time to be grateful for all that you have.

Smile & Laugh

Laughter is one step beyond smiling.

As a matter of fact, smiling and laughter have helped cancer patients.

In a 2017 study[4], 56 participants with cancer were randomly assigned to either an intervention group (laughter therapy) or control group (no laughter therapy). Each participant in the intervention group underwent a laughter therapy session once every two weeks for seven weeks. Each session involved a laughter yoga routine followed by traditional Japanese verbal comedy performances. At the end of the study, the intervention group had significantly better cognitive function and less pain than the control group.

Dr. Danenberg’s personal advice;

Smiling is a new and worthwhile habit.

I never just smiled to smile. I had no idea the power of smiling.

You’re never too old to learn a new trick. The act of smiling has been a surprising and amazingly helpful tool for me.  Smiling has helped me stay focused with a healthier forward outlook.

My recommendation for you is just SMILE

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OMG PERIO Is Open to Treat Patients

December 22nd, 2020

OMG PERIO is an essential service and the practice will continue to remain open during this provincial lockdown to treat patients for all their oral health care needs.  We also offer virtual consultations to safely evaluate you prior to visiting the office.  As always, OMG PERIO follows all Covid-19 Safety Protocols to keep you and our staff protected and healthy.

Routine Hygiene Appointments Can Be Critical in The Fight Against Oral Cancer

December 14th, 2020

Covid-19 has presented many challenges to our health care system, which for dentists translates into increased cases of undiagnosed oral cancer.  As a byproduct of the lockdowns, as many as 10 million dental appointments were cancelled. Consequently, dentists were unable to conduct very critical routine oral, head and neck examinations which can potentially be lifesaving due to the early detection of cancer.

OMG PERIO knows that it is essential for patients to keep their scheduled appointments therefore we follow all Covid-19 Safety protocols along with adding enhanced infection control measures for the entire practice. By incorporating these procedures our patients feel safe and comfortable, giving them piece of mind during treatment.

Our Dental and Hygiene staff are always working towards serving you better as demonstrated by our commitment to learning new and improved methods of dental treatment and early detection of oral cancer. You will also notice that during your routine exam, our hygienist will carefully explain each procedure of treatment along with educating you about the signs of oral cancer.

OMG PERIO understands that vigilance is the key to oral cancer detection as illustrated by a story of a patient whose socket failed to heal following an extraction. As a result, the patient saw a series of different dentists on an emergency basis and each one irrigated and dressed the problematic socket.  Unfortunately, it was only the practitioner that reviewed all the notes and questioned why the socket had not healed who uncovered a deeper underlying problem.

OMG PERIO’s detailed notes and documentation demonstrates our comprehensive standardized methodology for oral cancer detection. We review all the clinical notes, including the patient’s social history, as well as evidence of negative and positive findings from the extra and intra-oral checks. Photographs and diagram mapping sites with dimensions of the areas of concern will all be incorporated in the patient’s thorough records. If any suspicions arise Dr. Glogauer is consulted to see if further investigation including biopsy may be required.

OMG PERIO’s top priority is to provide a safe environment so our patients feel comfortable at the practice.  We strive to provide optimal dental treatment that includes early cancer detection screening to keep our patients healthy and happy.

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