Parents’ Responsibility and Children’s Teeth

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As a parent and role model, you have a crucial part to play in making sure your child’s teeth are healthy and clean. Prevention starts at home, and you can help prevent cavities with good eating habits and a daily teeth-cleaning routine. Read more

Vitamin K and your oral health

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If you are deficient in vitamin K, your mouth can be affected. Vitamin K helps in making proteins and blood clotting. Vitamin K deficiency may cause liver disease. Also, people with a deficiency in vitamin K may heal slower than usual and bruise easily. This deficiency can also cause excessive bleeding after tooth extractions such as wisdom teeth removal. Sometimes it may even cause bleeding after normal teeth cleaning. Vitamin K is produced by bacteria in your intestines, and can also be found in certain foods. Some good sources of vitamin K include:

  • leafy green vegetables
  • brussel sprouts
  • broccoli
  • eggs
  • milk
  • beef

Eating healthy foods on a daily basis and taking multivitamins regularly are the keys to maintaining your oral and general health. Be healthy and happy!

Vitamin D and your oral health

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Vitamin D, which is created in your body after exposure to sunlight, helps your body absorb calcium and should be taken with foods that are high in calcium. A lack of vitamin D can lead to burning mouth syndrome, which includes a bitter, metallic taste and dryness in your mouth. Children need to get enough vitamin D so that they will develop healthy teeth and bones, so it is often added to milk. If you are deficient in vitamin D, you could end up with brittle bones. In the mouth, vitamin D deficiency could increase your risk of getting jaw fractures and gum disease. If you are deficient in vitamin D during the early stages of your life, the formation of your teeth will be affected. People with kidney disease could have deficiencies in vitamin D as well.

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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.

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

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.

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

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

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