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COVID-19: What to Expect at the Dental Office

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Dentists Are Back, But It’s Not Business as Usual It was in late May when the Ministry of Health lifted restrictions to allow us to see the dentist again, but things aren’t entirely back to normal. There’s still a pandemic happening which is why dentists are taking extra precautions to make sure everyone in the dental office stays protected. That means you, staff and the dentist! Keeping that in mind, your next appointment will be a little different than what …

What can I do about bad breath?

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Bad breath is usually temporary and resolved by cleaning your mouth. But if it’s chronic there may be an underlying cause that requires immediate attention. Preventing Bad Breath Brush and floss regularly. Keep your mouth clean to fight bacteria that causes bad breath. Certain foods can cause it so brushing after meals keeps your breath fresh throughout the day. Rinse with mouthwash. If you’re unable to brush or floss your teeth right away, you may rinse with a mouthwash instead. Rinsing …

BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool

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DEAR ALL Glen Dental Centre Patients, We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back! Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that follows the BCCDC & CDC guidelines; however, in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols toensure your safety. You will see many changes, as we have new ways of scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions. First, you will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to …

What can I do about Sensitive Teeth?

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Tooth sensitivity can happen to anyone but it’s most common among those ages 20-40. It starts when the outermost layer of the tooth, called the enamel, erodes. The pigmented layer beneath it, or the dentin, becomes exposed, which then results in increased sensitivity. Possible Causes of Enamel Erosion Acids. Bacteria feed off sugary food and then produce acids that beat down the enamel. This leads to the thinning of the enamel and exposure of the dentin. Receding gums. Tartar not removed on …

Fed up with your teeth?

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Fed up with your teeth? You are not alone. We get a few patients each year that are tired of the dental issues they’ve been dealing with for years. We hear them say things like “I Want All My Teeth Removed and Replaced. What are My Options?” Whether the dental issues are due to genetics, an injury, or years of neglect, if you are tired of dealing with these issues then you might be considering having all your teeth removed and …

What is Gingivitis?

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Gingivitis is a common gum disease characterized by swelling and redness of the gingiva. Gingiva is the gum tissue surrounding the base of the teeth. Gingivitis is caused by the body’s response to bacterial overgrowth in the mouth. Bacteria naturally exist in the mouth. Some are good and some are bad. The bad bacteria can spread with poor oral hygiene. Other factors can trigger gingivitis but for bacteria-related cases, the problem is the plaque that sticks to the tooth. Plaque …

Poor Oral Health Can Increase Your Risk of Oral Cancer

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We are aware of the golden rule: Brush your teeth twice a day and floss every day. All rules come with rewards when followed to the latter, as well as consequences when ignored. If you are keen on maintaining proper oral health, then you will enjoy years of shiny white teeth, strong gums and fresh breath. One the other hand, if you are totally ignorant of the golden rule and only floss when it’s convenient for you, then get ready …

Your Child’s First Visit at the Dentist

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This is a question which is asked very often at our office by parents and the answer may surprise you. Parents often wonder at what age it would be appropriate to bring their precious little ones to see the dentist. Some parents believe that there is no need to see a dentist until all the baby teeth have grown in, while others believe that visits are not necessary until all the permanent dentition are present. The official guideline from the …

Flossing Can Impact Gum Disease Prevention

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Everyone knows that flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene, but most people assume it has to do with helping keep your teeth strong. Flossing does certainly remove food particles and other debris that get stuck between your teeth, but it also helps protect your gums from gum disease. Here’s how flossing helps prevent gum disease. Bacteria Affects Your Teeth and Your Mouth The same bacteria that sticks to your teeth and causes cavities also affects your gums. …

Why are my teeth sensitive?

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Having sensitive teeth is more than a minor inconvenience. When cold or sweet foods have an ‘ouch’ factor, it’s time to tell your dentist. Tooth sensitivity may be an initial sign of something more serious. Sensitivity occurs when the protective enamel shell on the outside of a tooth is damaged, or when receding gums expose the root surface of a tooth to the oral cavity. The root of a tooth does not have the protective enamel layer and is porous, …

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