Things You Can Do For Your Dental Health This New Year

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As the new year approaches, countless people make big plans to adopt healthier habits that improve their physical and mental well-being. Since dental health is a key part of your overall wellness, here are some smart resolutions for your teeth, gums and smile.

Eat a Better Diet

While good brushing habits can drastically reduce the risk of tooth decay, it’s only part of the equation. It’s also important to avoid certain types of foods that leave your teeth more susceptible to damage. This includes sticky foods that are high in carbohydrates, along with sugary sodas that contain a lot of enamel-corroding acid. On the other hand, there are a number of foods that promote dental health, including apples, carrots, yogurt, leafy greens and celery.

Brighten Your Smile

While we’d all like to love in a world that values our abilities over our appearances. Unfortunately, modern society isn’t a perfect place. Research has shown that people tend to judge others based on the color of their teeth, with some studies showing that whiter smiles lead to more success both in business and in personal relationships. If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, consider seeing your local dentist for a professional whitening treatment. You should also do your best to rinse your mouth with clean water anytime you consume coffee, tea, wine and other beverages that are likely to stain your teeth.

Straighten Your Teeth

Crooked teeth can have a big impact on a person’s well-being. Not only do they contribute to low self-esteem, misaligned teeth can cause people to be less outgoing in business and social environments. If you’ve been living with misaligned teeth, the new year provides an ideal opportunity for you to do something about it. These days, there are a number of options available for adults, who want to straighten their smiles without the use of noticeable, metallic braces. Consider a consultation with a local dental professional to see if these subtle straightening treatments are appropriate for you.

Dump the Tobacco

Cigarettes and smokeless tobacco increase the risk of gum disease, oral cancers and discoloration. If you regularly use tobacco products, take the new year as an opportunity to leverage free online tools, nicotine gums, patches, smoking cessation groups or modern progress-tracking apps to help you quit for good.

See Your Dentist

This year, resolve to make regular visits to the dentist every six months to check for signs of oral disease. This is especially important if you have any previous or existing conditions that could point toward continuing issues down the line.

Post-Orthodontic Care

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That 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 yourretainer 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. For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam.

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Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a technique in which a tooth-coloured resinous material (a sturdy plastic material) is put in the tooth and solidified with a special light, which eventually “bonds” the material to the tooth to re-establish or enhance individual’s smile.

Dental bonding may be the choice of treatment:

§  As a filling material to restore decayed teeth (cavities).

§  To repair chipped or broken teeth.

§  To enhance the appearance of discoloured teeth.

§  To close spaces between teeth (diastema).

§  To make teeth look longer

§  For changing the shape of teeth.

§  As an aesthetic alternative to silver fillings.

§  To cover the tooth’s root that has been exposed due to gum recession.

Advantages: Dental bonding is among the simplest and most economical of cosmetic dental techniques. Unlike veneers and crowns, which are fabricated in a lab, bonding is possible in one office visit unless more teeth are involved. Another advantage is that minimal amount of tooth substance is cut. Also, dental bonding does not require anaesthesia unless it is being used to fill a tooth cavity.

Drawbacks: Although the material utilized for dental bonding is fairly resistant to staining, it is not as effective as crowns. Another disadvantage is that the bonding materials are not as strong or long lasting as others like crowns, veneers, or fillings.

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:

Ø 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.

Ø 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.

Ø 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:

Ø 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.

Ø Avoid any strenuous work or exercising, spitting, sucking, consumption of alcoholic beverages or smoking.

Ø 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.

Ø In case of pain you can use over-the-counter-pain medication like Advil, Aleve, and Tylenol.

Ø 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.

Ø 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.

Ø 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.

Ø 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.

Ø 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.

         For more information or to make an appointment please call our Coquitlam dental centre at 604.552.2241.

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 to 18 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.

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 Inlays & Onlays

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Inlays and onlays are an aesthetic treatment option to fillings. This treatment alternative is generally advised especiallyfor the individuals who suffer from extensive tooth decay. After the tooth is cleaned, the inlay is the filling that is put inside your tooth and the onlays is the sealant that is connected to the surface of your tooth. Together, they work towards decreasing the harms of tooth decay to keep your teeth sound and clean.

Putting inlays and onlays onto your teeth is a two-step process. During the first step, your tooth is cleaned and shaped and impressions of your tooth are taken and sent to a lab to fabricate your inlay or onlay which is made up of either porcelain or gold or resins. In the second part of the treatment, your inlay and onlay are fixed onto your tooth.

Inlays and onlays are made up materials like porcelain, gold or resins which are superior in quality. Since the materials are of superior quality, they have exceptional strength and may last for several years provided it is cared for and kept clean. Tooth shaping for inlays and onlays is less than that for crowns so it is considered as a conservative treatment that preserves a large portion of your tooth structure. They may also help to curb tooth sensitivity to a certain extent.

Although inlays and onlays may sound to be a good treatment choice, not every person is the correct candidate for this treatment. For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at(604) 552-2241.

What to expect on your dental recall visit

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A dental recall visit involves removal of your tartar, plaque and any stains on your teeth surfaces. Recall visits are essential to keep a check on the gum disease. This is done by controlling the levels of thee harmful bacteria in the mouth.

So, what would you expect when you come in for your dental recall visit? Your recall visit generally involves a session of thorough dental cleaning, polishing, topical fluoride treatment and a dental exam and x-rays if you are due for your x-rays.

The general strength of your gums will decide the kind of treatment required which in turn will decide your recall schedule. The most common recall schedules are:

  • 6 Months Recall- Best suited for people with good oral hygiene and no sign of gum disease.
  • 4 Months Hygiene- It is advised for patients with moderate gum disease and moderate build-up.
  • 3 Months Hygiene- Highly recommended for patients suffering from severe periodontal disease and who have a tendency of having large amount of build-up.

Recall visits are very crucial in the maintenance of the overall oral health. When you come in for regular recall visits, it is easier for the dentist to detect your dental diseases early thereby having the opportunity to offer you a more conservative treatment plan with better outcome.

Tips for a Healthy Halloween

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Halloween is around the corner, which for most children means bags of free candy and a chance to build a stockpile of sweets for the winter. No surprise, Halloween can also present parents with a variety of health and safety challenges.

Here’s how you can help your family stay MouthHealthy on Halloween and year-round.

Time It Right

Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals. This helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and rinse away food particles.

Stay Away from Sweet Snacks

Snacking can increase your risk of cavities, and it’s double the trouble if you keep grabbing sugary treats from the candy bowl. Snacking on candy throughout the day is not ideal for your dental health or diet.

Choose Candy Carefully

Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.

Avoid Sticky Situations

Sticky candies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

Have a Plan

It’s tempting to keep that candy around, but your teeth will thank you if you limit your stash. “Have your family pick their favorites and donate the rest. Look for organizations that help you donate candy to troops overseas, like Operation Gratitude, or see if your dentist has a candy take-back program.

Drink More Water

Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Your body is like a complex machine. The foods you choose as fuel and how often you “fill up” affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums.

Stay Away from Sugary Beverages

This includes soda, sports drinks and flavored waters. When teeth come in frequent contact with beverages that contain sugar, the risk of tooth decay is increased.

Chew Gum with the ADA Seal

Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by bacteria. You might even want to think about giving sugarless gum out as a treat instead of candy. 

 
Brush Twice a DayBrush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Remember, replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

Clean Between Your Teeth

Floss your teeth once a day. Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at (604) 552-2241.

About local anaesthesia 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 anaesthetic (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

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.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 anaesthetic gels so that you don’t feel the prick.

Local anaesthesia 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. For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at 604.552.2241.

Teeth Grinding: Causes and Preventative Care Steps

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Whether you’re stressed or just anxious, teeth grinding, also known as bruxism , comes in many shapes and forms. And while the occasional grinding doesn’t hurt and is quite common, constant grinding can wear down your health in more ways than one.

The worst part of the condition is that it can be difficult to know whether or not you’re affected. Why? Because most grinding occurs during rest, meaning that while there are symptoms of a dental issue, it is not immediately apparent what the cause is.

By understanding the causes of and preventative care for bruxism, you can find relief from the condition and ensure that both your teeth and your general health are as vibrant as possible.

What is Bruxism?

Put simply, bruxism is a condition characterized by the clenching and grinding teeth. Most often, the condition affects individuals at night in a condition specified as sleep bruxism, however it can also occur during the day.

For many, the condition goes unnoticed but when symptoms begin to surface, the issue becomes more obvious. Symptoms may include:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, which is often loud enough to wake others
  • Flattened, fractured, chipped or loose teeth
  • Increased sensitivity of the teeth
  • Soreness or tightness in the jaw or face
  • A dull headache or earache
  • Ringing in the ears known as tinnitus

Why Does Bruxism Occur?

Bruxism is a quite mysterious. In fact, many health professionals find it incredibly difficult to identify a specific cause for the condition.

However, several psychological and physical causes have come to the forefront:

Emotions – Anxiety, stress, anger, or frustration, can trigger bruxism.

Coping or Focus Strategy – Some clench or grind teeth to alleviate pressure or help them focus. While this often occurs during the daytime, individuals may still be unaware that they’re doing it.

Oral Structure – Individuals with poor teeth alignment, also known as malocclusion, may develop bruxism.

leep Conditions – Individuals with sleep apnea may also experience bruxism as part of their condition.

Other Medical Complications – Grinding can also be caused by specific psychiatric medications, complications from other medical disorders, and even acid reflux.

There Are Three Major Treatment Options You Can Turn to for Relief

If you suffer from bruxism, there’s no need to fret. Some individuals actually grow out of the disorder, whereas others suffer such minimal disruption that no treatment is required.

But if you must seek treatment, rest assured that you have options:

Dental Approaches – A visit to your dentist can give you access to splints and mouth guards to prevent damage to your teeth. Of course, you can also consult your dentist to determine if misalignment is causing your problems and, if it is, you can determine an appropriate treatment solution.

Therapies – For bruxism due to psychological factors, stress management, behavior therapy, and/or biofeedback may help address the underlying cause and eliminate teeth grinding in the process.

Medications – Medications aren’t a common treatment for bruxism but in some extreme cases, doctors will prescribe muscle relaxants or Botox injections to relax the muscles and prevent grinding.

As a disorder that manifests most commonly during sleep, it can be incredibly difficult to recognize what is causing your discomfort or dental complications.

For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at (604) 552-2241.

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