Vitamin C and your oral health

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Vitamin C, which is also known as ascorbic acid, assists with the absorption of iron, maintains healthy connective tissues and promotes strong teeth and gums. In the other words, Vitamin C plays an important role in maintaining healthy teeth and preventing gingivitis. A lack of vitamin C can cause your gums to bleed and your teeth to become loose. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to dental implants, gum surgeries or other dental services. Vitamin C can be acquired from the following sources: Read more

Vitamin B and your oral health

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Vitamin B helps oral health in many ways. Vitamin B deficiencies are one of the most common deficiencies that can affect your teeth and your mouth. Vitamin B3 deficiency can affect your oral health by causing bad breath and mouth sores. Common oral effects of vitamin B deficiency are burning sensations in the mouth and on the tongue, trouble swallowing, swollen tongue, and pale tissues in the inner cheeks that could break apart easily and come off. Some good sources of vitamin B include:

  • B1: pork, whole and enriched grains, nuts, dried beans and legumes
  • B2: eggs, liver, shellfish, almonds and milk
  • B3: liver, meat, poultry, whole grains, fish and peanuts
  • B6: poultry, meat, fish, leafy green vegetables, bananas, legumes, fruits and nuts
  • B12: meat, poultry, milk, fish, eggs, pasta, bagels, spinach and almonds

Deficiencies in vitamin B can increase your risks of getting:

  • a painful inflammation in the mouth (also known as a fungal infection)
  • recurrent aphthous stomatitis or canker sores
  • chronic oral mucosal candidiasis (a fungal infection in the mouth)
  • a tongue that looks “bald” and an affected sense of taste (when there is a severe vitamin B deficiency)

As a general rule, B vitamins are considered non-toxic, so overdosing isn’t a serious problem. B vitamins are water soluble and cannot be stored by the body. Excess amounts of these vitamins are usually filtered by the kidneys and removed from your system.

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Your Oral Health and Vitamins

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As 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.

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Announcements For International Women’s Day Events

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Coquitlam Dentist, Coquitlam Dental Office, Find a dentist, kids dentist, family dentist, root canal, wisdom teeth, cosmetic dentistry, emergency dentistryMarch 8th is International Women’s Day and there are many events in our community. I have listed a few events below. For more information visit the link at the bottom of this page.

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Your Stomach Doesn’t Come with Teeth

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Chewing is a vital factor in the digestive process. Many people think that the digestive system includes only the stomach and intestines, and they forget that the digestive process actually starts in the mouth. Chewing is a mechanical action that breaks down large amounts of food into smaller particles. The more the food is broken down, the more it is exposed to saliva for a longer period of time, which puts less stress on the digestive system. Proper chewing is healthy!
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Coquitlam Dentist, Dr. Ashnaei Introduces His Patient of the Month!

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Furheen is our Coquitlam Dental Clinic’s patient of the month. Her support and dedication to her family, especially her husband through his medical school touched our heart. Now, we would like to share her story with you….. Read more

Dental Emergencies: Dos and Don’ts

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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. Read more

Useful and Easy-to-Follow Oral Health Tips

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Keeping up with good oral health involves more than daily brushing and flossing. Due to scientific progress in recent decades, people’s longevity has dramatically increased. As a result, you need to keep your teeth healthier for a longer period of time. There are a few easy steps you can follow to help you maintain your oral health for a lifetime.

Be aware of your own oral health requirements

Each person has different oral health needs. Talk to your dental care professionals, such as your dentist and dental hygienist, about your specific oral health conditions and learn more about your oral health status and needs. Some health or medical conditions can affect your oral health. For instance, pregnancy, diabetes, heart disease, addiction and cancer treatment can all have an impact on your oral health. Talk to your dentist about your general health, and get his or her advice on how to improve your oral health. Let your dentist know the medications that you take on a regular basis as they may affect your teeth.

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Learn Why It Is Okay to Let Kids Indulge in Halloween Candy!

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There’s no reason to be spooked. Many dentists believe it is okay to let kids indulge themselves in candy this Halloween.

Halloween Tips from Glen Dental Centre

The reality is that if you’re going to eat candy, gorging is far better for your teeth than rationing. As far as oral hygiene goes, it is better to eat many candy bars at once than to eat one every few hours. In the first situation, acid will build up in your mouth, but your saliva will naturally neutralize this acid over the course of an hour or so. In the second scenario, you are constantly exposing your teeth to acid throughout the day, resulting in too much acid for the saliva to wash away.

Slowly snacking on candy, chocolate and sugary snacks every few hours, day after day, keeps your teeth bathed in enamel-corroding acid, the by-product of bacteria feeding on sugar and other carbohydrates in your mouth. This leads to dental caries, or cavities.

Gorging is also better because it is more likely to be followed by tooth brushing. People, especially children, are less likely to brush their teeth after every candy bar, particularly if they aren’t at home.

General Tips: Oral Health & Halloween
As a general rule, make sure you feed your children a meal before going trick-or-treating. This way, they will not crave treats as much. Make your kids count their treats and divide them into a few portions for everyday use as dessert after dinner. Do not let them have treats right after arriving home when they are hungry, or at school when they cannot keep their teeth clean.

Potato chips and pretzels are worse offenders than chocolate, because these cooked carbohydrates cling to your teeth and give mouth bacteria something to feast on longer. The worst thing for your teeth is stickiness and acidity that generates even more acid. These are normally the factors that really lead to cavities.

It is helpful to know that among candy, the sticky and sour kinds are the worst two types for your teeth. Sour candy tends to have more acid, so sour-tasting gummies are a double whammy. Also, those gummies that stay stuck in the molars till Thanksgiving are nothing but trouble!

Oral health is nothing to ignore, because tooth decay and gum disease are major public health problems. Stemming from inflammation and subsequent infections, tooth decay and gum disease are associated with poor digestion, heart attacks, strokes and cancers.

If you think candy is the only unhealthy element of Halloween, you need to consider this: Halloween is one of the top three major nights, along with New Year’s Eve and St. Patrick’s Day, for dangerous binge drinking, according to an article published last year in the Journal of American College Health.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Coquitlam dental clinic at (604) 552–2241, or visit us at our clinic. Glen Dental Centre is located on Glen Drive across from Coquitlam Centre in the heart of downtown Coquitlam, BC. From cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, Invisalign, Invisalign teen, dental implants, 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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Kids, Snack and Oral Health

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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.

Call us today at (604) 552 – 2241 to book an appointment for your kids – you’ll be glad you did.

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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2975 Glen Drive Coquitlam BC V3B 2P7
Phone (604) 552-2241
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