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 plateto 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 spacebetween 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 Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at (604) 552-2241.

Vitamins That Can Boost Your Oral Health

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Our daily diet may not be enough to match the recommended intake of vitamins and minerals. This is why supplements are crucial to maintain oral health. This is even more important as we age, when our bodies’ ability to bounce back is not as strong anymore. 

Aside from a healthy diet, you need to understand the right vitamins and nutrients that will help you maintain your pearly whites, but also help keep your mouth from being a toxic dump of bacteria.

What are the Vitamins that Contribute to Healthy Teeth?

The most obvious, of course, would be a healthy dose of phosphorous and calcium. Your teeth are made up of phosphorous, calcium and dentine, which in and of itself is covered by enamel. 

Pound-for-pound, there’s not a bone in your body that is stronger than your teeth. There’s also a positive side effect of taking your daily dose of calcium-it can also help make your bones stronger, which would be invaluable when you get older.

Vitamin D is another crucial addition to your daily diet because this one will help better calcium absorption in the body. Without vitamin D, you won’t be able to break down the calcium and phosphorus and maximize their benefits for oral health. The good news is you don’t even have to spend anything. Just spend 15 minutes about 3-4 times a week under the sun and you would be good.

Vitamin C, meanwhile, will help prevent gum inflammation as well as tooth loss. This one helps our body boost the connective tissue, and it also acts as an antioxidant which helps boost our immune system. Another vitamin that can help boost oral health is Vitamin A, which also has the antioxidant, beta-carotene, to fight against free radicals.

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

How Gums Respond to New Dental Implants

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Following the placement of the structure that holds a dental implant in place, called an abutment, your gums are going to be a bit tender. It is an invasion for your mouth, and it is something that your mouth is going to have to adjust to. Thankfully, your gum tissue is relatively resilient when healthy. Getting a dental implant is going to help keep the jaw bone strong, which will help with the overall health of your gums. It is just going to take some time to heal before you get to see the full benefits.

New Dental Implants Can Cause Your Gums to Be Sore

You will have a strict regimen to follow after getting dental implants. It will tell you what you can eat, and what you should avoid. This is meant to help you promote healing and help your body recover. You will be told how to keep your mouth clean, and how to rinse with salt water, including how often to do it. These things will all help your abutment heal securely into your jaw bone. Plus, they will also help your gum tissue stay healthy. If you follow this regimen carefully, your gums should heal up to being nearly painless in a few days, aside from putting direct pressure on the gums. The full recovery is 4-6 months, at which point, your gums should appear no different than they were before the procedure.

If you want to know more about what to expect following the placement of new dental implants, ask your periodontist. They can walk you through the procedure, and what most patients experience in the aftermath. The procedure is far less painful to most people than what they expect going into it, and they often heal up just fine when they follow the regimen given to them after the procedure is complete.

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

Coconut Oil As Part of Your Regular Oral Hygiene Routine!

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Have you considered other things that you could be doing to take care of your mouth? If so, oil pulling may be one of the considerations you should be making. Many people swear by its results, and are seeing less problems with their teeth as a result of doing this on a daily basis. 

If you do not have coconut oil in your home already for cooking, after finding out the benefits of oil pulling, you may want to get some.

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is much the same as swishing with a mouthwash, but on a thicker scale. You take slightly warm coconut oil and put it into your mouth, and swish it around for as long as you can. The goal is to get up to 20 minutes per day of continuous swishing. When the time is up, you take the oil from your mouth and spit it into a disposable container or the trash can. 

It can clog drains and pipes if you try and put it down the drain, so make sure you avoid that. You will see a lot of debris come out with the oil, and will notice a cleaner mouth as soon as you are done. This has helped people get extra debris out of between their teeth and more protection for their teeth, in just 20 minutes per day.

It is showing a lot of promise at helping people get the healthier mouth they have been hoping for. It is keeping teeth whiter by removing deep stains, and it is helping to get the extra plaque out of their mouth, decreasing the chances of you having cavities.

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

How to Care for Your Gums with Gum Disease

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The worst has happened, and you have gum disease. What is next? You care for the gums to prevent further damage. But before we get to that, what causes gum disease? 

It is an infection the gum that leads to damage to the bone and eventually could cause your teeth to fall off. The most obvious indications of gum disease include swollen and painful gum, loose teeth, receding gum, and pus on the gum among others.

How To Care For The Gums

When you fail to care for your teeth through daily brushing and flossing, plague will build up and harden to cause tartar. Even if you adopted better dental hygiene at this point, the tartar could only be removed by a dentist’s procedure. Before plague builds up to this level, you want to start a proper routine that includes bi-annual visits to the dentist.

After brushing your teeth with a soft brush, you may need to include mouthwash in that routine. Mouthwash meant for people with gum diseases is even better as it will be gentle while preventing further bacteria build up. 

To protect yourself even further, you will reduce your intake of sugary things. Sugar leads to bacteria build-up which is what you are trying to avoid, so keep off it as much as possible. If the gums are bleeding, apply pressure on the spot with a cold press. 

Smoking is not only harmful to your health, but bad for your teeth and gums too. If you already have gum disease, keeping up with this habit will only accelerate it. 

Seek Help 
You should see your dentist bi-annually, and they may even need to see you more often if the need be.

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


Help Your Kids Practice Good Dental Hygiene

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We need help from parents and caregivers to continue the good habits our dentists recommend. Here are a few good dental hygiene tips for kids and easy ways you can help us help them:

Watch Those Drinks

While fruit juices and sports drinks can be a healthy alternative to soda and other artificial drinks, drinking too much can end up doing more harm than good in the long run.

The sugar in these drinks can quickly eat away the enamel on your child’s teeth, especially if he or she is consuming them all day long from a sippy cup or a refillable bottle. These drinks taste good and might be one of the only sources of sugar your kids have so weeding them out will not be easy, but it’s the best thing for their teeth in the long run.

Begin the balancing process by moving toward a 50/50 juice or sports drink to water ratio. The water will help wash out some of the sugar left over from the other drinks and help move your child’s palate away from sweet tastes. And, drinking more water is a great thing for all of us!

Lead by Example

When it comes to brushing and caring for your teeth, your children take more cues from you than you might think. This is one area where you really do need to practice what you preach.

Make brushing and flossing a family activity each morning and evening, or maybe only in the evening if your mornings are hectic. Either way, this will allow you to make sure that your child isn’t cutting corners and allow him or her to see that you are doing the same thing.

Brushing should last for at least two minutes and cover all surfaces of the teeth and tongue. Flossing should include every tooth every time, no matter how tempting it is to cut corners.

Remember that if your child is under age 2, then you should be brushing and flossing for them.

Again, this is an opportunity for you to establish a routine that your child will continue when it’s time for them to brush and floss on their own.

You can even make a game out of brushing and flossing each day. Create a chart to track progress and reward good behavior along the way. Eventually, the habits will become so routine that the rewards are no longer needed as an incentive.

Don’t Skip Dentist Visits

If you have anxiety about going to the dentist, you may be passing down those fears to your children without realizing it. Starting dental appointments as soon as the first teeth appear (around age 1) will help establish going to the dentist as a positive experience, rather than one that’s plagued with fear about cavities or other problems.

The more your child sees a dentist, the more we’ll be able to help reinforce the dental hygiene maintenance you are doing at home. We can catch problem areas before they become serious and create a plan for addressing them.

One of the goals of National Children’s Health Month is to help establish a partnership between parents and dentists to ensure healthy teeth for kids. Visiting a dentist provides an opportunity to check in on that partnership.

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


Why Replace Your Metal Fillings With Mercury-Free Ones?

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The mercury contained in traditional amalgam fillings is believed to be highly toxic to the human body and is known to have many adverse health effects. In fact, removing these fillings and replacing them with mercury-free ones may help detox your body and reduce your risk of developing:

Immune Disorders

Arthritis, MS, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) Parkinson’s disease, muscle tremor, Alzheimer’s, muscular and joint pain, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, lupus, scleroderma, chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, diabetes

Neurological (including mood disorders)

Memory loss, depression, schizophrenia, insomnia, anger, anxiety, mental confusion, neuropathy/paresthesia, tinnitus, dizziness/vertigo, headaches/ migraines, epilepsy, ADD, autism, dyslexia, learning disabilities, hearing loss

Oral Disease

Periodontal diseases, oral lichen planus, amalgam tattoos, metal mouth, halitosis, oral keratosis (precancerous)

Immune System Disorders

Allergies, asthma, multiple chemical sensitivities, eczema, psoriasis, other skin conditions, susceptibility to infections, antibiotic-resistant infection, sinus problems

Cardiovascular Conditions

Tachycardia, angina, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, and other blood conditions

Hormonal Conditions

Hypothyroidism, adrenal problems, chronic chills, Hashimoto’s disease, alopecia/hair loss, urinary/ prostate problems, depression, suicidal thoughts

Reproductive Disorders

Infertility, reduced sperm counts, PMS, spontaneous abortions, birth defects, developmental disabilities, children with learning disabilities and low IQ

Eye Conditions

Inflammation, iritis, astigmatism, myopia, cataracts, macular degeneration, color blindness, vision disturbances

Stomach & Digestive Problems

Leaky gut, candidiasis, malabsorption of essential minerals and essential fatty acids, blocked cellular enzymatic processes related to the ATPASE energy function and sulfur oxidation

Why Should I Replace My Amalgam Fillings?

If you’re between the ages of 24-65, chances are you’ve had a cavity and, like many other Canadians, chances are high that your filling was made of amalgam. This is because, at one point, this was the only option.

While our dental team now uses mercury-free fillings for patients with new cavities, we also get a lot of requests from patients to replace their old, amalgam fillings with the composite ones.

  • Silver fillings have a limited lifespan. The lifespan of an amalgam filling is approximately 10 years. Over time, the filling will start to wear away, exposing areas where bacteria can sneak in and cause decay. That’s why it’s important to have regular checkups, so your dentist can identify when you require a replacement.
  • Amalgam contains mercury. Approximately 50% of an amalgam filling is made up of mercury, which can potentially be a health risk. Most patients decide to replace them with composite fillings for peace of mind and total body wellness.
  • A whiter smile. Replacing silver fillings with white ones can get rid of those unwanted dark patches in the mouth so you can smile more confidently.
  • The silver filling is broken. If your filling wears down, breaks, or fractures, then it’s important to replace it. Failing to do so quickly can have more serious dental consequences and lead to a more complex treatment such as a root canal or even extraction.
For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at (604) 552-2241.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

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Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical dental procedure used to remove one or more of your wisdom teeth. Depending on the situation, this can be done by your family dentist or an oral surgeon under general or local anaesthetic.

Here are the steps to expect from a wisdom tooth removal procedure:

Step 1: Your dentist will make a small incision in your gum to access the wisdom tooth (if it hasn’t already erupted).

Step 2: The tooth will be extracted.

Step 3: The extraction site will then be cleaned of any tooth or bone debris.

Step 4: Following this, your dentist will close the wound to promote healing using dissolvable stitches.

Step 5: A gauze will be placed over the treatment site to assist in the formation of a blood clot.

How long will a wisdom tooth extraction take?

The time for this procedure will vary according to each individual patient and depend on the complexity of the situation. While simple extractions can take only a few minutes, more complex ones will require a longer time period.

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

Tips For A Healthier Summer Smile

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While the warm months are perfect for relaxing, spending long summer evenings with family and friends, and going on vacation, this can also throw off your usual dental hygiene routine. To prevent summertime tooth decay or other oral problems, here are three simple steps you need to take:

1. Limit Sweet Drinks

As temperature rises, it can be very tempting to sip on cold, sweet drinks to stay cool. Remember soda, juice, lemonade, and sports drinks contain high concentrations of sugar, which can lead to:

  • tooth decay
  • enamel erosion
  • stained teeth

While it is okay to indulge once in a while, limit your family’s consumption of sweet beverages and choose water whenever possible.

2. Take It Easy On The Sugary Snacks

Like drinks, a lot of summer foods are loaded with sugar. These include popsicles, cotton candy, funnel cakes, and even barbeque sauce, which can all contribute to the development of cavities. This summer try to look for low-sugar or sugar-free options for your summertime favourites.

You can also carry around healthy snacks, including:

  • baby carrots
  • celery
  • apples
  • string Cheese
  • plain nuts
  • whole grain crackers

REMEMBER: While it can be tempting to snack all the time while at home, taking a break from constant munching allows time for saliva to bathe the teeth and wash away leftover food. You can accelerate the process by brushing between snacks.

3. Establish A Summer Dental Hygiene Routine

While summer schedules tend to be a lot more flexible than usual, it’s important to still establish a daily dental hygiene routine. Before summer starts, you may want to plan out a oral hygiene routine for you and the family which includes:

  • scheduled trips to the dentist
  • specific time for brushing and flossing
  • planning healthy meals and snack foods
  • fun games and rewards for your children if they follow their dental hygiene routine

REMEMBER: When we experience a chance to our daily routine, many smaller (although very important) habits can suffer. Take a conscious effort to ensure you and your family keep good dental habits so the health of your mouth and teeth don’t suffer.

4. Rinse With Water

Families are on the go a lot more during the summer, making it difficult to stick to a regular oral health routine. When it’s hard to brush and floss after meals and snacks, try to have some water on hand to drink afterwards. Although it isn’t as beneficial as brushing, drinking water can help rinse away any sugars until it is possible to brush.

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

Happy Canada Day!

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