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Spring Cleaning Your Teeth

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Add a dental visit to this year’s spring-cleaning list. A professional dental cleaning at least twice a year can improve your oral health, reports the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), an organization of general dentists dedicated to continuing dental education.

“A prophylaxis, also known as a ‘prophy’ or professional dental cleaning, reinforces the at-home oral health regimen,” says AGD spokesperson Anne Murray, DDS. “It is designed to preserve health, prevent the spread of disease and give the dentist an opportunity to locate other areas in the mouth that may need attention.”

It is strongly recommended that a dentist or hygienist perform a dental cleaning every three to six months, says Dr. Murray. She discourages consumer use of over-the-counter tooth polishing instruments.

“People with healthy teeth and gums typically do not experience soreness after a cleaning,” says Dr. Murray. Those with less-than-perfect oral hygiene habits may experience discomfort or heightened sensitivity during a dental cleaning. The dentist can use a topical anesthetic before the cleaning to alleviate pain.

Are You Brushing Your Child’s Teeth Properly?

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Not everybody knows how to brush his or her teeth properly. Often dental professionals see damaged gums that are the result of brushing teeth incorrectly. When it comes to your own child’s dental health, you’ll want to ensure you are brushing their teeth the right way. Read through the following tips to make sure you are doing it correctly.

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Dental Emergencies! What You Can Do

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A dental emergency can happen to anyone, but most of the time we can prevent it from happening. Ignoring dental problem can raise the risk of damaging your teeth and gums. Greater damage, in most cases, means more extensive and complicated treatment, resulting in more time and money spent on the treatment as a result of the delay.

Toothache

Normally toothache is caused by decay entering the nerve area. If this is the case, a root canal may be needed.
To help control the pain temporarily, you can follow these simple instructions:

  • Floss to remove any lodged food.
  • Rinse the mouth with warm water to help soothe the pain.
  • Put a numbing agent such as Orajel on the tooth to help relieve the pain for a short period of time, if you’d like.
  • If necessary, take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen or Aleve, which will help alleviate dental pain better than Tylenol or Aspirin, as long as you do not have any allergies to these drugs or are not taking any other medications that may cause harmful interactions.
  • Consult with your professional dental team and follow the suggested treatments.

Do not place aspirin or any other painkiller directly against the gums near the aching tooth as it may burn the gum tissue.

Swelling

The most common reason for dental swelling and abscess is an infection. If you experience significant swelling that causes you to have difficulty breathing or causes your eye to become swollen, go directly to the hospital. You will most likely need IV antibiotics for this kind of complex infection.

For minor swelling, you will probably need antibiotics. Your dental care provider will make a decision about the best type and dosage of antibiotics for you based on your health history and the progress of the infection. Meanwhile, applying a cold compress to the cheek next to the swollen area may help control the situation for a short time.

Never put heat on a swollen area. This may cause the infection to spread more quickly.

Chipped or Fractured Tooth

If you have a fractured or chipped tooth, but there is no pain, the damage is probably not significant. In other words, it is likely the fracture is not near or does not involve the nerve. However, if you have previously had a root canal on that tooth, the tooth is not alive and cannot transmit pain. Be aware that in this case, even a big chip will not result in pain, but there could still be significant damage done to the tooth.

Regardless of whether the damage is significant or minor, the chipped or fractured area should be repaired. If the fracture is large, it may require a crown to be placed over the tooth. However, a small chip or fracture may only require a smoothing of the area.

In case of a chipped tooth, follow these instructions:

  • Save any piece(s).
  • Rinse the mouth and broken piece(s) with warm water.
  • In case of bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area.
  • Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth to keep the swelling down and reduce pain.
  • Visit your dental professional team to seek the right treatment.

Tooth Knocked Out

You have the highest chance of saving a knocked-out tooth during the first hour after the accident. If a permanent tooth is accidentally knocked out, follow these instructions carefully:

  • Handle the tooth by the crown and not by the root portion.
  • Carefully rinse the tooth with cold water, but do not scrub the tooth.
  • Try to re-implant it immediately. Make sure it is facing the right way. Do not force it into the socket.
  • If it is not possible to reinsert it yourself, place the tooth in your mouth and keep it there until you can get to a dental office. You can also place it in a cup of milk, but holding it in your mouth is optimal.

Objects Caught between Teeth

Try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object. Never use a pin or other sharp tool to poke at the trapped object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface. If you can’t get the object out, see your dentist.

Oral Health Tips for Kids

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Here are five easy-to-follow tips that will help protect your child’s teeth from decay:

• Make sure to read all labeling on food and beverages you are choosing for your family at the supermarket. Consider your family’s usual selection of beverages and stay away from beverages loaded with sugar and acid.

 Protect your kid’s teeth with protein! Dietary Protein works remarkably well as a guard against acid, so feeding your kids cheese, nuts and cold cut sandwiches is an excellent alternative to the unhealthy fast food choices your kids may make on their own. The same is true for fruits and vegetables that have high water content.  Apples, pears, and celery are excellent choices to help rinse bacteria from your mouth.

• A straw can save your child’s smile. If your kids are going to drink a sugary beverage, using a straw can keep sugar away from their teeth. It’s best to drink sugary beverages with a meal rather than permitting kids to sip on them throughout the day.  Acid penetrates tooth enamel – so follow up sugary beverages with water to rinse your mouth until brushing time!

• Nothing beats water. Bacteria are attracted to sugar and together they create an acid, which causes tooth decay and deterioration.  Water rinses your mouth of bacteria and acid in addition to increasing the formation of your saliva.

• Consider the length of your snack sessions. We all want to have a treat now and again – the key is moderation. If your children are sucking away on sour candy keys or chewing Swedish berries throughout the day, acid is given the opportunity to erode their teeth. Snacks that can be eaten in one session, like popcorn or baked chips are a better alternative – teeth are exposed to food for a shorter time, and these snacks encourage saliva production to rinse away the food particles.

In addition to the above tips it’s important to maintain oral health habits like daily brushing and flossing throughout the day. Also, take advantage of a routine check up and cleaning. Prevention or early cavity diagnosis is preferred over late diagnosis.

Dry and Itchy Mouth?

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Does your mouth feel dry and itchy? Does your tongue feel sticky? Your Coquitlam dentist gives you some tips to deal with a dry mouth.

Saliva is important to moisten and cleanse our mouth. It also helps in digestion of food. Saliva flow helps to prevent infection caused due to bacteria. Decrease in the amount of saliva in the mouth is called as dry mouth.

Dry mouth may be caused as a side effect of certain medicines used to cure common illnesses like depression, anxiety, pain, allergies & colds. Dry mouth can also result of cancer treatments like chemotherapy, and radiation. Smoking or chewing of tobacco may aggravate the symptoms of dry mouth. The most common complaint in patients with dry mouth is a sticky, dry feeling in the mouth, frequent thirst and painful sores in the mouth. You may also have cracked dry lips along with a tingling sensation in the mouth. A dry, red raw tongue may cause trouble to taste and chew food. You may also experience bad breath due to a dry mouth.

Dry mouth increases your risk of gum diseases, cavities and infections. Patients who wear dentures may find it difficult to wear dentures. If your symptoms persist, you can contact your doctor. Your doctor may alter the dosage of your medication or prescribe you an oral rinse that would help to restore moisture in your mouth.

Your Coquitlam dentist gives you some tips to increase your salivary flow:

  • Drink lots of water.
  • Use a tooth paste which contains fluoride and a mouth rinse that contains fluoride.
  • Avoid breathing through your mouth as it may worsen your symptoms.
  • You can use a saliva substitute to keep your mouth moist.
  • You can also use a vaporizer to keep your bedroom air moist.

If you have any of the above mentioned symptoms, and you would like to know more about treatment option available, call our Coquitlam Dental Centre today to book an appointment.

Valentine Day: Love At First Smile?

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From the very first moment a patient sees the end result with Vaneers, their smile brightens up from ear to ear. It can’t stop and it won’t stop! Their self-esteem goes up to a whole other level.Dental veneers are very conservative aesthetic dental restorations. They offer vitality and beauty that is so life-like that people will believe they are your natural teeth.

Vaneers will often only take two office visits with minimal to no drilling and, in most cases no anesthetic needed. Thinner, stronger, and whiter teeth, no other treatment comes close to how natural of a perfect smile you can achieve. The best part of all, it’s clinically proven to maintain its radiance and integrity for over 20 years.

Placing custom veneers requires a high degree of technical skill as well as attention to cosmetic detail. Dr. Ashnaei designs each case individually to match and enhance characteristics already present in each patient’s teeth.

We will do a comprehensive exam to confirm you are a candidate. Don’t delay, call Glen Dental Centre today to set up a free consultation.

Invisible Composite Fillings Look Like Your Natural Teeth

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Not surprisingly, when it comes to fillings, most people think silver. Dentists have used amalgam (silver) to fill cavities for over 150 years. This is because Amalgam is one of the most durable and long-lasting restorative materials used in dentistry.

Amalgam may be affordable and it can endure, but it lacks in aesthetics. However, invisible fillings, made from composite resin, matches your natural tooth color. No one will be able to see composite fillings.

Composite resin is made of a tooth-colored plastic mixture and glass. Early on, composite fillings were only used to restore front teeth.

Today’s composites look more natural and are stronger and tougher, and more versatile so they can be used to:

  • Restore small- to mid-sized cavities
  • Reshape chipped teeth and broken teeth
  • Replace amalgam fillings

There are other benefits to composite fillings, too. If you have sensitive teeth, composite fillings may make them less sensitive to hot and cold. And with composites, more of your tooth structure stays intact – that’s not the case with silver fillings. Composite fillings are also easily fixable if they’re damaged.

Benefits of Dental Implants

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Dental implants are one of the most common and long lasting treatments for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants function similarly to a real tooth by replacing the missing tooth with an artificial tooth and root. In this process, the root of the tooth is replaced with a titanium screw. It is inserted into the jawbone and attached with an artificial tooth.

The natural appearance of dental implants is one of the greatest advantages of this treatment. They look incredibly similar to the natural teeth and look and work better than bridges or dentures. Compared to other treatments for replacing missing teeth,  dental implants have a significantly more natural appearance.

For most patients, dental implants are easy and a more convenient solution than other options. They can also be used as a support for dentures because the titanium root is securely screwed into the jaw. Today, most dentists are choosing implants to replace missing teeth and enhance overall appearance.

Though dental implants are more expensive than other treatment options, they last a lifetime when properly cared for making them very cost effective.

We offer completely painless dental treatments for the entire family. For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at 604-552-2241.

Dental Implants: What you Need to Know

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Dental implants are a good long-term solution to replacing lost teeth. Patients need to consider their options and make educated decisions when they are deciding between bridges and implants.

1. An implant beats bridges or dentures

Bridges, dentures, and implants replace missing teeth.

A bridge requires filing two adjoining teeth, which can make them weaker and prone to decay. Dentures often have fit problems and can interfere with taste. For an implant, a titanium screw is placed in the jawbone and a prosthetic tooth is attached. A proper implant has no physical downsides and has good longevity.

2. Implants are more expensive generally.

One of the biggest ‘problems’ patients see with implants is the cost. Implants are rarely covered by insurance. But when considering cost you need to consider value. Implants are a permanent, long-term solution that exactly matches your existing teeth. Implants are for the rest of your life, and can replicate your teeth in appearance and functionality.

If you need an implant near a nerve or sinus cavity, it’s worth paying for a dentist who has specialized training.

3. Not all implants are equal

Most dentists use implants made by the original Swedish manufacturer; studies have found that these implants have high success rates (90% or more).

There are also some newer, generic implants that are cheaper but may not have been studied yet. So ask your doctor what kind of implant he uses and the success rate he’s had with it.

4. Timing can also help

Implants are usually a two-part process — first putting in the implant, then covering it with a crown six to 12 weeks later.

If you know you need one, schedule the initial procedure at the end of a calendar year, then have the crown put on in the following year. That way you can use two years’ worth of your pretax flexible spending account at work to pay a chunk of the cost. You’ll reap as much as 30% savings if you’re in a high tax bracket.

Teething

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At the point when your infant’s first tooth shows up, you may be surprised (“Ow! Was that only a bite?”), or you may very well at last comprehend what each one of those sure fire teething signs — dribbling, night waking, grouchiness — were indicating. Each infant encounters teething in an unexpected way: Some have practically no signs, while different children experience teething pain for a considerable length of time. Luckily, there are a few signs to look for as this formative turning point approaches that can make teething less demanding for your infant — and for you.

Most children develop their first tooth around 7 months old, despite the fact that there’s a wide variation in timing of teething. Teething signs may appear well before the real appearance of a tooth by as much as a few months.

Your baby is not likely to understand why he feels the pain, why he keeps awakening in the night with soreness in his mouth or why his jaw is so bothersome. Here are top teething side effects to look out for:

·      Drooling. 

·      Teething rash. 

·      Coughing and/or gag reflex. 

·      Biting. 

·      Crying

·      Irritability. 

·      Refusal to feed. .

·      Night waking. 

·      Ear pulling; cheek rubbing. 

The type and seriousness of these manifestations may vary from infant to infant — for one infant, teething implies loads of inconvenience and big-time tears, while another baby may breeze directly through to a mouth brimming with teeth without a grievance. Still, you can hope to see in any event a few, and possibly numerous, of these indications, some of which may be preceded before the real appearance of a tooth by as much as a few months.

If you are concerned about your baby experiencing these symptoms, you can call your Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at 604-474-2510.

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