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Your wisdom teeth need to be removed?

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Have you been told that your wisdom teeth need to be removed? Don’t know what to do? Your dentist in Coquitlam tells you what wisdom teeth are and why you must get them removed?

Wisdom teeth are an additional set of molars which may or may not be visible in your mouth. Generally, they appear in the mouth between the ages of 17-25 years and can be seen on your dental panoramic X-rays. Sometimes, due to lack of space, they may remain trapped in the mouth and may cause pain and infection. They may also be trapped inside your jaw bones if they have developed at an incorrect angle. It might also be difficult for you to clean these teeth because your toothbrush or dental floss may not be able to reach them. This can lead to gum infections or cavities associated with wisdom teeth. In order to avoid these problems, Coquitlam dentist on Glen drive advises you to get your wisdom teeth removed.

Before your wisdom tooth removal surgery, your dentist will explain the procedure to you in detail and give you all the required information on post surgical care. Your doctor may have to cut your gums and/or your jaw bone in order to reach your wisdom tooth.

After surgery, you may be drowsy if you have had a general anesthesia or I.V sedation. You can expect mild discomfort and swelling for a few days after the surgery. Use an ice-pack externally on your face to keep the swelling in control. Avoid spitting out any blood in your mouth as it may loosen the blood clot that helps in healing. Restrict your diet to soft foods like rice or soup. Don’t brush your teeth on the day of your surgery; don’t brush too hard or over the wound. Don’t smoke as smoking can prolong the healing time.

Call your Coquitlam dentist if you have any questions or concerns regarding your wisdom tooth removal.

Secret to Having Great Teeth

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Below are some tips on how to keep your pearly whites just that: white and pearly. 

We all have bad habits that we may not even have been aware are harming our teeth. There is the obvious tip to brush at least two times per day, and avoid sugar, but there are actually many things you can do to keep your smile beautiful, or to prevent damage to your teeth and gums  in the first place.

Use Your Hands, not your Teeth!

Using your teeth to open bottles or to chew objects that are not food can dull or even crack your teeth. Avoid chewing your pen at work or school, and say no to crunching down on ice or unpopped popcorn kernels. Make sure to use the right tool for the job, including a nut cracker for nut shells, and nail clippers to trim your nails instead of using your teeth.

No Milk at Bedtime

Although comforting to your child, a bottle of milk at bedtime can spell disaster for developing teeth. When in contact with your child’s teeth for extended periods of time (overnight), milk, formula and juice can cause severe tooth decay resulting in what is called ‘bottle rot’. Try to only give your child water when they are going down for a nap or sleep.

Thumb Sucking is a No-No

It is true that some adults suck their thumbs, but it is well known that children often do as well. Sucking your thumb will move your teeth out of their natural alignment. Pacifiers and bottles can do the same to children over the age of two as well.

Say ‘No’ to Tobacco

Cosmetically speaking, chewing or smoking tobacco will discolor and weaken your teeth. It can also lead to periodontal disease as well as oral cancer. Ask your doctor about nicotine alternatives.

Always Brush Before Bed

Don’t go to sleep without first brushing and flossing! Think of all the food you ate during the day, the remnants of which could reside below your gumline and between your teeth. Leaving this overnight will expose your teeth to plaque for extended periods of time making you vulnerable to gingivitis. If you are able to remove plaque within 24 hours, it doesn’t have enough time to produce enough acid to harm your teeth.

Avoid OTC Whitening Products

Always ask your Dentist before purchasing and using over-the-counter tooth whitening products. These products may not be regulated in the same way that in-office products are, as they are considered cosmetic. There is no guarantee that they are safe or effective for your teeth. Whitening is not for everyone either, so make to bring up whitening at your next dental checkup.

Sugary Candy

Avoid chewing on hard candy or sugary gum throughout the day unless it is sugar-free. Extended exposure to sugary, sticky substances can cause decay and a trip to the dentist. Stick to sugar-free options instead. Bonus points if they contain xylitol, which can help prevent cavities and strengthen enamel.

Wear what is prescribed by your Dentist

If you have gone through the time and effort (and expense) of having braces or orthodontic treatment, wear your retainer! If you don’t wear your retainer, your teeth may relapse, and begin to move back to their original position. Alternately, if you tend to grind or clench your teeth at night and have been prescribed a night guard, wear it! Not wearing your night guard can cause extra strain on your bite and your jaw joint (temporomandibular joint). Not wearing your night guard can risk cracking or chipping your natural and artificial crowns. Neglecting your dentist’s advice in this way can void the warranty of some restorative work.

Don’t Share Your Toothbrush

Every person’s mouth has its own balance of good and bad bacteria. Using someone else’s toothbrush can harm your mouth by exposing you to bacteria that your body is not used to.

Say No to Tongue Piercings

Getting your tongue pierced can be detrimental to your dental health. It can cause excessive drooling, infection, and swelling. Cosmetically, a tongue piercing can chip your teeth. In extreme cases, the device can cause enough trauma over time to cause the lower front teeth to fall out.

How to Care for Braces

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Care is needed to keep the braces in good repair. It is not recommended to bite hard food items, and certainly non-food items such as packaging, or writing instruments. Also, for the duration of your orthodontic treatment with braces, it is advised to stay away from sticky foods such as caramels, or gum, because they can loosen brackets, or distort the arch wire. If such a thing happens, a visit to your dentist or orthodontist is needed in order to repair the braces.

Sometimes, an elastic or donut can come off, or the arch wire can stick out, poking the inside of the cheek. If this happens, you may be able to reattach the elastic with a pair of tweezers. The arch wire can be coaxed back into place, taking care not to cause injury with the loose end. Always make sure to call your dentist or orthodontist afterward to make sure that the braces are functioning properly, as any setback can cause treatment to take longer to complete.

Headgear

This orthodontic treatment is to correct malocclusion in a patient whose jaw is still growing. It is fitted around the head or neck, and it puts targeted pressure, guiding the movement of the teeth, and growth of the jaw. There are different types of headgear which are used at different stages of orthodontics.

Removable Appliances

These appliances are not considered to be as precise as braces, however, they can be used to move one or more teeth in an arch. They are fitted to the mouth from impressions that are taken, and can be worn before, during or independently of braces.

Retainers

Once orthodontic treatment is over, and the brackets removed, the maintenance phase starts. Retainers are used to keep the newly aligned teeth in their positions. Retainers can be bonded to the teeth (fixed) or in the form of a removable appliance. They can either be worn full time or part time.

 Oral Surgery

Your dentist may need to remove a tooth from an overcrowded arch as part of orthodontic treatment. Sometimes, jaw surgery is needed to correct a size or position difference between the upper and lower jaws. If Jaw surgery is required, your dentist or orthodontist will refer you to a maxillofacial surgeon who has special education in this area.

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.

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