Vitamin A and Your Oral Health

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Coquitlam dentist, Dental clininc, denal office in coquitlam, dental care, gum surgeryAs we all know, a healthy diet helps to maintain your oral and general health. Vitamin deficiency may cause oral health problems such as a burning mouth or bleeding gums. Certain vitamins and minerals help promote optimal oral health. Following a healthy diet is key for your mouth and for your whole body. Some vitamin deficiencies could have severe effects on your teeth and on your mouth. If you have a sore mouth or if your gums bleed frequently, then you may not be able to eat properly. This will eventually make your vitamin deficiency even worse. Ask our experienced dentist in his Coquitlam dental clinic if you have any questions or concerns about your oral health and intake of vitamins and minerals. Here are some suggestions on how you can use the right type of foods to improve your oral health and reduce your chances of having tooth decay and gum disease.

Vitamin A and your oral health

Vitamin A will help improve your teeth, gums, vision and skin cell production. If you lack vitamin A, healing in your mouth will take longer. Some good sources of vitamin A include:

  • fortified milk
  • chicken and beef  liver
  • leafy green vegetables
  • yellow and orange fruits
  • apricots
  • melons such as cantaloupe
  • sweet potatoes
  • pumpkin
  • carrots and spinach

Vitamin A can be stored in the fat in your body, so you should not take it in high dosages. Overdosing on vitamin A can cause headaches, joint pain, diarrhea, vomiting and fatigue.

Please visit us for more information on oral health and vitamins. Our next topic is: Vitamin B and Oral health.

At our Coquitlam dental office we practice “The art of unforgettable smiles”. In order to schedule a consultation for your cosmetic dental treatment, you can give us a call at 604-552-2241 or email us at

Is Orthodontic Treatment Right for You?

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If you ever find yourself hesitating to show your teeth when smiling, orthodontic treatment may be right for you.

Brackets with an arch wire (braces) and in many cases, clear aligners, can straighten a crooked, crowded smile, as well as correct anatomical problems. These devices apply targeted pressure where needed to gently but effectively correct a patient’s smile or bite.

If your teeth don’t fit together properly when closed, this is classified as a functional problem that can result in digestion issues, chipped or warn down teeth, and even muscle pain. Orthodontic treatment can correct this malfunction with the added bonus of creating a beautiful smile. Dr. Ashnaei is a certified practitioner of orthodontics as well as Invisalign clear aligners. If you think you may be a candidate, don’t hesitate to call us for a complimentary consultation today!


We offer a free orthodontic consultation for all our patients who desire to undergo orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth. If you would like to schedule an orthodontic consultation you can call our Glen Dental Centre Coquitlam office at 604-552-2241 and our dental team would be happy to help you.

What To Do In Dental Emergencies

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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.


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.


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.

Call our Coquitlam dental office if you would like to schedule an appointment for your dental troubles and our dental team will be glad to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have. You can also e-mail us at .

Teeth Grinding at Night?

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If you suffer of frequent headaches, jaw pain and worn teeth, most likely you are grinding your teeth at night while you sleep. Teeth grinding or Bruxism is a common problem that can compromise your quality of life by reducing the function of your teeth and causing chronic pain in your neck and jaw. It can also cause significant pain and headaches during your waking hours, hindering your capacity to enjoy your life and live it to the fullest.

Teeth that have endured the pressure and wear of nightly grinding are much more likely to chip, break, and deteriorate over time. The damage incurred from teeth grinding can be costly to repair. With this in mind, correcting your bruxism as early as possible with a dental night guard can save you the headaches and financial cost of worn teeth in the future. Grinding not only causes damage to your teeth but can also significantly reduce your bite function. Poor bite function can reduce your nutrient intake and thus your energy levels, along with your whole body heath and overall happiness!

Our team at Glen Dental Centre is invested in protecting your oral and overall health, and in the case of bruxism, we believe it is in your best interest to correct the problem with a dental night guard. It’s simply the most effective solution to bruxism – a solution that is guaranteed to protect your teeth, thereby enriching your health, lifestyle and well-being.

Call our office today at (604) 552 – 2241 to book an appointment with our our dentist and to enjoy the benefits of a good night’s rest!

Our Coquitlam dental clinic is located on Glen Drive across from Coquitlam centre in the heart of Downtown Coquitlam, BC. From Cosmetic dentistry, Orthodontics, Invisalign, Invisalign teen, dental Implant, family and children dentistry to laser and oral sedation dentistry, the Coquitlam dentist and his team are dedicated to providing you services in all aspects of dentistry.

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Tooth Fairy

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The tooth fairy is a popular tale of childhood, the same way we affectionately recollect Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny, we think back on the Tooth Fairy with sweet memories. Unlike other mythological heroes and characters, the Tooth Fairy exists globally in almost all cultures and religions.

Here’s an insight into the concept of tooth fairy. The Tooth Fairy as we probably are aware it is a moderately late creation, as are some myths, developed after some time. There are conventions, legends and myths going back centuries about losing your baby teeth. In different cultures, the concept of the tooth fairy has involved beavers, cats, dog or even squirrels. Some of the common beliefs or customs involve:

  • Throwing the tooth into the sun
  • Throwing the tooth in fire.
  • Throwing the tooth backwards between the legs.
  • Throwing the tooth onto or over the roof of a house.
  • Thrown in a mouse trap.
  • Burying the tooth
  • Hiding the tooth from animals.
  • Putting the tooth on a wall or on a tree.

Eventually, the reason the tooth fairy legend keeps on developing and gives a level of comfort to kids. As you develop, your body experiences numerous changes, yet ostensibly the first and most traumatic for kids is losing their teeth. The tooth fairy offer comfort and make tooth loss a pleasing experience.


Today dentists utilize the tooth fairy to motivate dental health, even motivating parent to support the idea that the child with a clean mouth gets more rewards. This motivation from parents makes it a lot easier for dental professionals and parents to get the kids’ dental work done.

Our dental team at Coquitlam believes that children should be taught the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. Your Coquitlam dentist recommends that you get your children to see a dentist early in their childhood to get them accustomed to regular dental visits. If you would like to schedule your child’s dental visit, you can give our Coquitlam dental office a call at 604-552-2241.

Why does your denture need to be re-lined?

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The pink part of your denture, also known as its base, lies on the gum tissue of your missing teeth, whether you wear a partial or a complete denture. It is critical to the fit and stability of your denture that the base that rests on this gum tissue. In the event that it doesn’t, your denture won’t fit your mouth. Additionally, it could, make your denture unstable in the mouth and cause irritation. This constant irritation may also cause sores underneath the denture due to ill fit of your denture.

The cause of this instability is the changing pattern of your gum tissues following tooth extraction. Following tooth loss, your jawbone that supports the tooth starts to contract since it is unable to support any tooth root. Essentially, majority of this shrinkage happens over the initial three months or so after loss.

Relining your denture is a simple procedure whereby extra base material is adjusted to the tissue surface of your denture so it precisely fits on to the new tissue surface. This is accomplished by utilizing your current denture as a plate to take an impression of your tissues in their current form. Base material is then added to the tissue surface of your denture and your denture is then compacted onto the new model which has the record of your new tissue contours. The space between the present condition of your tissues seen in the new model and its past shape as reflected in the tissue surface of the denture base is filled by the additional base material. Thus, your newly relined denture fits in your mouth effectively.

If you have lose or ill-fitting dentures, or if you need advice on your old dentures, do not hesitate to call our Coquitlam dental office at 604-552-2241 or email us at

Post-Operative care following dental surgery

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Here are somethings you must do if you have undergone dental surgery or extraction.

Day 1:

  • Continue biting on the bandage for half to one hour after your surgery. Try not to spit, wash, suck (utilizing a straw), smoke, drink carbonated or mixed refreshments for at least 24 hours.
  • Swallow any saliva that may accumulate in your mouth. This helps to keep blood clot in place. This also helps in preventing a painful, inflamed complication called as “DRY SOCKET” which may develop after dental extractions.
  • Try to limit your food intake to soft foods that are not too hot or spicy. You can have soups, rice, juices and ice-creams.

Day 2:

  • On the second day after your surgery, you may experience the following symptoms: Minor pain, swelling, wounding, trouble opening or shutting your mouth, jaw pain, pain radiating to the ear, sore throat.
  • Avoid any strenuous work or exercising, spitting, sucking, consumption of alcoholic beverages or smoking.
  • Oral hygiene techniques: Brush delicately. A warm water & salt water mouth wash can be used. In any case, once more don’t spit; simply let the liquid latently void. The sides of your mouth may get to be broken and dry – moisturize them frequently.
  • In case of pain you can use over-the-counter-pain medication like Advil, Aleve, and Tylenol.
  • In case of swelling: Apply icy packs to affected area every 10 minutes externally for the initial 24hours to minimize swelling. Most swellings generally start to subside within72 hours; call your dental office if there is no change.
  • Bleeding: Some bleeding is considered to be normal for the initial 12-24 hours. To control any excessive bleeding, apply firm pressure with 1-2 gauze packs or damp tea bag on the affected area for 30-60 minutes. Call your dental office if your bleeding does not stop.
  • Diet: Have a lot of liquids. Avoid pops/sodas and alcoholic beverages. A soft diet is recommended. You may include yogurt, milkshakes (no straw), soups, rice, fish, and pasta in your diet. Avoid spices in your food.
  • Stitches: If you have gotten sutures, abstain from playing with them. You may need to see your dentist again in 7-10 days to get the stiches out.
  • Medications: If you have been recommended antibiotics, make sure that you take them as advised. You may also be advised to use a pain killer or a mouth wash.

In the event of any abnormal disturbances, questions or any post-surgical issues, please call the office.

Call our Coquitlam dental office if you would like to schedule an appointment for your dental troubles and our dental team will be glad to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have. You can also e-mail us at .

Corrective Jaw Surgery

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Jaw surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, realigns the jaws and teeth to enhance the way they work and also to enhance your appearance. Jaw surgery might be a treatment alternative if you have moderate to serious jaw issues that can’t be treated with orthodontics alone.

Orthognathic surgery involves a combination of jaw surgery and orthodontics or braces. Jaws that don’t close correctly, or the teeth that don’t normally contact the teeth of the opposing jaw bone, are the most common indications for jaw surgery.

The ideal times for corrective jaw surgery is after development stops, about the age of 13 to 15 for females and age 16 to 18 for males.

Corrective jaw surgery is helpful to:

  • Making chewing easier for teeth that don’t contact normally.
  • Minimizing excessive wear of the teeth caused due to an abnormal bite.
  • Correcting facial asymmetry.
  • Improve “gummy” smiles, caused due to lips that don’t fully close.
  • Improve “toothless” smiles, where the lips cover all the teeth.
  • Reduce the risk of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
  • Repair and correct post-traumatic facial injury, defects and abnormalities.

Jaw surgery is done in a hospital set-up and requires a one-to two-day stay. Complete recuperation at home generally takes three to six weeks.


Usually, an orthodontist places braces on your teeth before surgery. Braces are placed on for 9 to18 months before surgery to level and adjust your teeth. After your jaw disturbance is corrected from surgery — regularly around six weeks after surgery — your orthodontist completes the treatment and in the end removes the braces. The whole orthodontic procedure, including surgery, may last 12 to 24 months.

Call our Coquitlam dental office at 604-552-2241 to schedule your complimentary orthodontic consultation today.

Post-Orthodontic Care

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care for bracesThat day may not be far when your braces would be taken off. You’ll be free of brackets and bands and elastics, able to eat whatever you like and run your tongue over smooth, clean teeth. Yet, you need to bear in mind that you’re not exactly finished with orthodontic treatment yet: The following stage, called maintenance or retention, is simply the beginning of what is called as post orthodontic treatment care.

Retention is the next step following orthodontic treatment that consists of wearing an orthodontic appliance called as a retainer. Different types of retainers are available, all of which are custom made to fit your teeth and mouth tissues. Your dentist will advise you the correct type of retainer suited to match your dental needs and also tell you how long you must wear them in order to maintain the outcome of your treatment.

Even though your teeth are straight now, why do you require a retainer by any means? The answer is pretty simple and straight forward- you don’t wear one, your teeth will begin moving right back to where they were!

Teeth are held in the jaw bone by a system of strands called the periodontal ligaments. After they are moved, it takes a while for the periodontal ligament to get accustomed to their new position.

Generally, your maintenance phase or measurements taken for your retainer are taken around the same time your braces are taken off. After your teeth are completely cleaned, your dentist may take another set of x-rays and/or impressions, to check how well your braces functioned and to perceive how much your wisdom teeth have developed.

Most people get used to their retainer almost immediately or in a few days. At first, your dentist may ask you to wear your removable retainer all day, every day. This period of 24/7 retainer use usually may last for a few months or a year depending upon your situation. Later, you may be recommended to use it only at night. Finally, you’ll probably be told to put it on just a few nights every week. You must also make sure that you have your regular dental hygiene appointments and take care of any cavities that need to be filled.

Glen Dental Centre offers you a free consultation for your orthodontic treatment. If you would like to schedule an appointment for your orthodontic consultation, give our Coquitlam dental office a call at 604-552-2241.

All you need to know about local anesthesia in dentistry

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The capacity to anesthetize, or “numb”, ranges of the mouth is of awesome advantage to patients who might somehow experience unpleasant sensations during dental treatment. The first local anesthetic (LA) in the 1800’s was cocaine, trailed by procaine (also called as Novocaine), and finally lidocaine, which is still the most important LA being used today. Here’s the way it works.

All teeth have nerve supply, which is why they can feel hot, cold, pressure, vibration, sweetness and pain.

The dental needle is put near the nerve supplying the area to be dealt with, and LA is injected. As the nerves are subjected to LA, their capacity to convey messages is interrupted & that region is numb or “frozen” and the dental work can be done without patients feeling pain. Sometimes, dental practitioners will pre-treat the injection site with topical anesthetic gels so that you don’t feel the prick.

Freezing wears off as the LA is redistributed by blood circulation. Later, the chemical is metabolized and removed from the body. After your dental treatment is done, your mouth is may be numb for a while. You may also feel like you can’t move your lips, however, it’s only the numbness. The delicate tissues of the lips and gums stay numb for longer than the teeth.

Local anesthesia is the most integral part in present day dental offices. Don’t hesitate to make inquiries to your dental practitioner about how best to improve your comfort during the freezing procedure.

We offer completely painless dental treatments for the entire family. Call our Coquitlam’s Glen Dental Centre at 604-552-2241 for more information.

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