Practice Good Dental Hygiene: Tips for Kids

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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.

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

Fun Facts About Smiling and Laughing

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Here are a just a few fun facts about smiling and laughing and why it’s so great to smile:

Improved Mood, Increased Relaxation

When you are in a bad mood, the last thing you feel like doing is smiling or laughing. But did you know that faking it can help improve your mood? Just the act of curling your lips into a smile or letting out a small giggle is enough to trigger your brain into feeling happier.

That sounds like something that’s too good to be true, but studies show that it does in fact happen. Try it the next time you are feeling angry or sad and see what happens. It might feel weird at first, but it could turn into a long-term coping strategy for when those feelings arise.

Those effects are even further amplified when you turn that smile into a full-blown laugh. Laughing stimulates circulation and helps your muscles relax. Those positive effects are felt for up to 45 minutes after the laugh ends.

You Become More Approachable

Not only will you help yourself feel better when you smile and laugh, but you’ll also give the signal to others that you’re a good person to be around. You probably don’t want to be around other people when they are in a bad mood, so why would you expect anyone to want to be around you when you are in a bad mood?

The more you can engage and interact with others, the happier you’ll be. It’s a cycle that’s worth getting into. Smiles and laughter are contagious — whenever you see someone else doing it, you can’t help but do the same. You can thank your mirror neurons for that. Whenever we see someone doing certain behaviors, we feel inclined to do the same.

Sharing a laugh with others also helps you deepen your bond with them and makes you more likely to share information and have a healthy long-term relationship.

You Are More Productive

Work might not be a place that makes you smile or laugh, but the more you can do those things, the more productive you will be. When you smile and laugh, your mood improves and you’ll be able to better focus on the task at hand.

Once the job is done, you’ll have more time to focus on the things in your life that matter outside of work and set your sights on the things that make you truly happy.

Again, this is a positive cycle to enter into. The more productive you are, the happier you’ll be and vice versa. This is something everyone can try, even if it means starting with a fake smile, no matter what you do for a living.

Physical Health Benefits

Beyond mental health, smiling and laughing can also help your physical state of being. Laughing works your abdominal muscles and releases endorphins that can alleviate pain and boost your immune system.

Studies have even found that smiling and laughing can help decrease your risk for heart disease because they literally protect the heart and prevent the buildup of fat and cholesterol. These actions can also lower your blood pressure and keep it that way for up to 24 hours.

The Best Perk of All…

Putting all of the scientific research aside, the best reason to do more smiling and laughing is that it makes you feel good. We should all strive to spend time doing things that make us feel that way, and that begins with smiling and laughing.

Whether your teeth look the way you want them to or not, everyone can benefit from a happier life. Don’t let the state of your teeth get in the way of that.

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

Dentures vs Implants: Pros and Cons

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Dentures vs Implants: When you are missing one, some, or all of your teeth, these are two main options that dentists typically recommend. Each of these treatments has its own list of pros and cons that may make it a better option for your situation. Your dentist can make a recommendation, but the decision is ultimately yours. Consider these dentures vs implants: pros and cons to make an informed decision that will benefit your long-term health.

Dentures vs Implants: Pros and Cons

All About Dentures

For many decades, dentures were the only option for replacing missing teeth. You probably know at least one person in your life who has had a set of removable teeth, often a parent or grandparent.

Dentures are molded to fit your mouth and are held in place by an adhesive. They are typically removed each day before bedtime and soaked overnight for cleaning. No matter how good dentures are, they are never going to feel 100 percent like your real teeth.

However, some people enjoy the flexibility of taking their teeth in and out as needed. Be aware, though, that the longer your dentures are out of your mouth, the weaker your jaw becomes without the pressure of teeth to support.

You might be a good candidate for dentures if your jaw is too weak to support more dental implants. However, be aware that even the best denture adhesive does not work all the time and your dentures might fall out from time to time.

Like many things, there’s  a range of options when it comes to choosing dentures. Quality should be a top concern as you want braces to look great, feel good, and last as long as possible. Dentures will be essential for daily activities like eating and smiling, and it’s not a place to cut corners.

A set of dentures will last around five years, so most people will need to replace at least one set over the course of their time wearing them.

All About Implants

Implants consist of a titanium post covered by a crown or denture (called overdentures). Implants actually look and feel like real teeth! The implant post integrates with your jawbone and mimics the roots of your natural teeth, which is much better for your jawbone than traditional dentures.

When implants and dentures are used together they are called overdentures. Overdentures utilize the latest in dental technology to make dentures feel as close to natural teeth as possible because they clip on to your implants.

While traditional dentures are held in place using temporary adhesives which often results in slipping, overdentures never slip or slide since they are affixed to a permanent implant. Implants, by themselves or when used with dentures, make chewing, talking, and other activities easier and more comfortable than traditional dentures.

Dental implants should last a lifetime. In fact, some dental offices, like all of our offices in the Chicagoland area, provide a lifetime warranty on the implant. However, the crown often needs to be replace which makes implants a much more permanent solution than dentures.

Overall, implants are more expensive than dentures but it will last longer and create a more natural feeling in your mouth.

Which is Right for You?

When choosing between implants and dentures, you will need to consider factors like your lifestyle, your budget, and your health. It’s important to decide what you are willing to compromise and what you are not because you might not find a solution that perfectly meets all three needs. The good news is that most dental offices offer free consultations to thoroughly discuss your options with you, and help you weigh the pros and cons.

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

Why Do Dental Implants Cost So Much?

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Depending on the circumstance, a single dental implant can range from $1000 to as much as $3000. Even if some of the cost is covered by your insurance, that’s still a big chunk of change coming out of your pocket.

So, what exactly are you paying for when you get an implant?

First, there’s the implant itself. Dental implants are made of a titanium post that’s screwed into your jaw bone and designed to simulate the form and function of your tooth’s natural roots. Titanium is a strong, lightweight, and long-lasting metal.

When you think about something that’s going to be in your mouth for a number of years, strength and durability is key. The last thing you want is to use a cheap material that won’t last a lifetime and requires replacement.

The other part of a dental implant is a porcelain crown that sits on top of the post and resembles your original tooth. Crowns are custom made to fit in with the rest of your teeth. It will match the shape and color of your other teeth so it blends in as seamlessly when you smile.

The final dental implant cost that many people overlook is that this is a surgical procedure. Even though it may not be performed in a hospital setting, there is years of training, knowledge, and experience that go into knowing exactly where to place the dental implant. The dentist must drill into your jaw without hitting any of the major nerves and in a way that ensures that the implant integrates correctly with the jaw bone. This is a carefully planned and precise installation that may patients overlook.

An implant that isn’t properly placed can fail to heal with your jaw or, worse case scenario, can result in pain, discomfort, headaches, or even lost feeling in parts of your face.

Additional procedures may also be needed in order to install the implant and to make sure it lasts a lifetime. Some common procedures include extraction of your original tooth and bone grafting.

Long-Term Health Risks

Given these costs, it might be tempting to let your missing tooth go and not replace it with a dental implant. Doing this will cost much more over your lifetime.

A missing tooth can harm your self-esteem as you constantly face the shame of having a missing tooth. It can also lead to more serious dental problems down the road.

Over time, the missing teeth will shift toward each other in an attempt to fill in the gap between them. This can cause issues with the teeth surrounding the gap and even throw off your bite.

Gum disease is another common oral health issue that can creep in if the teeth and gums around the missing tooth are not taken care of. What starts out as the need to replace one tooth can quickly turn into the need for multiple implants.

Missing teeth can also cause problems with digestion. If food is not chewed properly, it leads to issues like acid reflux and malnutrition from nutrients that are not absorbed by the body. All of your teeth are necessary for proper chewing, no matter how insignificant they may seem.

Buyer Beware

As you can see, dental implants are a complex procedure. While they may seem expensive, there is a lot that goes into the procedure to ensure you have a strong and durable tooth replacement that will last a lifetime.

While you may be considering holding off or passing on replacing that tooth for financial reasons, keep in mind the longterm costs and potential health impacts of just one missing tooth. Also keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Just as you wouldn’t want cheap materials to be used to repair a broken bone or to have surgery by someone that is untrained, the same is true for dental implants.

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

Veneers or Crowns: Which is Right for You?

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When you have a chipped tooth, you want to get it taken care of as quickly as possible. The good news is that there are few options for doing so. Veneers and crowns are two of the more common options. So the question is, veneers or crowns; which is right for you? The answer depends on several factors, such as the condition of your natural tooth, your dental history, and your budget.

Veneers and crowns might seem similar, but they are actually different in many ways, from application to price to durability. It’s important to make the right choice to avoid more dental work down the road.

The Basics

Before we dive into what is better when it comes to veneers or crowns, let’s start by defining what each option entails:

Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are molded to fit your teeth. It then attaches to the front of the tooth with the goal of improving its appearance. They can also be made of resin or other composite materials.

Crowns are larger and cover most of the tooth. They are used to improve a tooth’s structure, as well as its appearance. They are commonly used after procedures like root canals.

Both veneers and crowns are custom-made and matched with the rest of your teeth so that they blend in as seamlessly as possible.

Veneers are typically used for small chips and other cosmetic issues that do not impact a tooth’s structure. Crowns are most commonly used for more severe chips and breaks that can’t be covered with a smaller veneer.

That said, there are several other factors that may influence a decision to go one route or the other.

Veneer vs. Crown: Durability

One big question that comes to mind when considering crowns or veneers is durability. You want to make sure that you are choosing a solution that will stand the test of time so you don’t find yourself back in the dentist’s chair any more than you need to be.

Veneers typically last 7-15 years before they need to be replaced, while crowns usually last 10-15 years. Crowns are made of more durable material so they do tend to last a little longer.

However, veneers are a little easier to replace because they do not cover your entire tooth. A crown is more permanent and more involved to replace whenever that time comes.

Veneers are also more subject to breaking because they are thinner and made of more delicate porcelain. They are not recommended for people with habits like biting their nails, grinding their teeth, or chewing on ice.

Veneer vs. Crown: Price

Another important factor to consider when weighing veneer vs. crown is price. The price is similar for crowns and veneers, with crowns ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 and veneers ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Your dental insurance may help guide your choice depending on what is or is not covered. Veneers are typically considered a cosmetic procedure and not eligible for insurance coverage, while crowns are considered a non-cosmetic dental expense.

While veneers cost less than crowns, keep in mind that they are more likely to chip, crack, or wear out than a crown. A crown is ultimately more expensive to place and replace, but it may end up being the better investment in the long run.

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

What Does Gum Cancer Look Like?

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Gum and mouth cancer can be a serious problem for any person. It is important that the person recognizes the signs that come with early onset of the cancers to have a better chance at improving the problem and finding help. 

Gum cancer is generally something that can be tested through a dental office, but the person has to have the symptoms in order to have just-cause to do the testing. Make sure to look for these symptoms when the time comes.

Signs and Symptoms of Gum Cancer

Swelling, pain or discomfort anywhere in your mouth, gums or throat can all be a sign of something that is wrong. 

Obviously, other sicknesses can cause these symptoms and pain so it is important to have them looked into by a dentist or doctor when they are noticed. Bright red or white lesions anywhere in the mouth can be a sign, so these should also be looked into.

Lumps or noticeable bumps in the throat, mouth, tongue, gums or anywhere else in the mouth can also be a bad sign. They can also be calcium deposits, as well so this is something to definitely have looked into. 

Troubles chewing, swallowing or speaking should always be looked into, since these can be signs of a serious problem. When there are loose teeth in the mouth, but no dental reason as to why they’re loose and falling out, can also be a sign. 

It is important to speak with a professional if you notice any of these signs. They’re better able to help test and treat the issues. 

Speak with us here to find out how we can help you with the symptoms you are experiencing. This can be a great time to get the medical help needed and not let the problem persist for any longer. We have the help you need!

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

Do You Need a Perioscopy?

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Perioscopy is a non-surgical periodontal procedure used to treat a localized tooth disease. It uses a small dental endoscope that enables our dentists to diagnose and treat conditions that are found below the gum line. 

This minimally invasive surgical procedure is the most effective way to treat severe periodontal diseases without cutting and pushing back the gum line. The surgical process is much more comfortable and convenient as opposed to the traditional surgery where the gums are pushed and pulled back using sutures.

Patients Can Avoid Dental Surgery with Perioscopy

Dental endoscopy is a good alternative for treating patients with dental problems. Although the traditional method of having gum surgery is the most accepted means of fixing a dental problem, perioscopy is making its way to dental offices as a good alternative to provide an accurate and comfortable means of having a dental procedure done. 

This process is much more effective and less apprehensive than the normal surgery, we have grown accustomed to. Using a miniature endoscope with an exceptional lighting and video magnification, it can accurately diagnose and treat a dental problem below the gum line.

Advantages of Perioscopy and What Holds in the Future

Perioscopy is a new technology that allows dentists to check and see if there are hidden gum problems. Patients undergoing a perioscopy procedure are able to learn about their overall gum health and helps find ways to deal with the condition. This non-invasive strategy makes it an ideal therapy for those who find it hard to visit their dentists. 

Being less invasive also means that a patient has a faster recovery period, giving them time for other essential activities. A perioscopy procedure can be a worthwhile investment if you want to undergo a dental procedure with comfort. It will help you save your natural teeth without going through the pains of a traditional dental surgery.

If you want to learn more about our perioscopy dental procedure, give us a call and we will be happy to help. Call our Coquitlam dental office Glen Dental Centre at 604-552-2241 to schedule your complimentary consultation today.

Seasonal Allergies and Oral Care

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Spring is on the horizon and we couldn’t be more excited! Chirping birds, blooming flowers, and warmer weather are just a few of the things we look forward to when spring comes around. We have to admit though, there is one thing about the season that’s not particularly appealing, and that’s allergies.

Be Aware Of These Dental Side Effects During Allergy Season

Many of you have experienced it, red, itchy and watery eyes and the constant sneezing and congestion. The effects of seasonal allergies can go even further, however, and may even affect your oral health! Here are some mouth-related symptoms to be on the lookout for when seasonal allergies strike.

Tooth Pain

When your body reacts to allergens in the air, you often end up with congested sinuses. Sinus pressure in the maxillary sinuses can sometimes cause the upper molars to ache. Treating your allergies and the congestion should relieve tooth pain. If the pain persists, however, make an appointment with your dentist. It’s important to make sure any aching teeth aren’t the result of tooth decay.

Bad Breath

All that mucus your body is creating can also be bad news for your breath. When you’re congested, mucus from the sinuses leaks into the back of the throat–we call this “post-nasal drip.” Not only can post-nasal drip lead to a sore throat, it can also be the cause of persistent bad breath.

Dry Mouth

Many of you will reach for antihistamines to keep your allergies under control this spring. As helpful as they are, they can often lead to an unpleasant side effect: dry mouth. Saliva is our number one defense against cavity-causing bacteria, so when your mouth is dry, you have a higher risk of developing tooth decay.

Protect Your Mouth This Spring

We want your mouth to stay healthy, even during allergy season. Here are some helpful tips to help you protect your mouth this spring:

  • Continue to practice good oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day, and floss on a daily basis!
  • Take allergy medication as recommended by your physician, but remember to drink plenty of water to compensate for dry mouth.
  • Try gargling with salt water to help with congestion. Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in a full glass of warm water and gargle for a few seconds before spitting it out.

 

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

Changes to Your Gums as You Go Through Age

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Aging is a part of life and while most people make sure to care for their physical health so that they will encounter less problem when they get older, many fail to realize that their oral health also requires similar attention. 

Sadly, if you do not maintain the right oral habits when you are younger, you will surely encounter issues with your teeth and gums when you age.

 

Studies have shown that older people suffer from higher rates of gum-related problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis, which is why it is critical that you visit us regularly, so we can address your gum and other oral health-related concerns immediately.

How to Counter Gum Problems as You Get Older

While many older individuals suffer from gum diseases, it does not necessarily mean that you will experience the same fate as well. It is important for you to realize that gum diseases can be prevented by adopting healthy oral habits early and maintaining them as you age.

For one, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. Secondly, make it a habit to floss regularly so that you can remove food particles and plaques in between your teeth. 

If you are a smoker, it is high time that you quit, not only for your lungs and general well-being but for your oral health as well. Eating a diet of nutritious food and avoiding sweets can also help you to avoid gum problems and other diseases.

Lastly, it is critical that you visit us for a regular check-up and professional cleaning because brushing is not enough to completely rid and prevent cavities. Note that dental cleaning also helps in preventing plaque build-up that can, later on, cause gum diseases.

4 Reasons Smiling Can Improve Your Health!

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We’ve all heard the old cliché that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, so you should smile to conserve energy! That’s actually false. It takes a minimum of ten muscles to smile but only a minimum of six to frown, so the expression should really be “smile to burn calories!” But smiling will do much more for your health than just giving your face a workout.

Here are four ways smiling benefits our health.

#1: Reduces Pain

Smiling releases endorphins, which are our bodies’ feel-good hormones. They serve as natural pain killers with no side-effects. What’s particularly interesting about this is that it’s the smile itself that releases the endorphins, not the attitude behind it.

Our brains are so hardwired to associate smiling with joy that even a fake smile will get you the chemical benefits. So whenever you get injured, it really is a good idea to grin and bear it!

#2: Relieves Stress

Another thing the endorphins released by smiling do for you is help relieve stress. A study in 2012 tested how quickly subjects’ heart rates could go back to normal after performing a stressful task. One group was instructed to hold a pencil between their teeth (which forces a smile) and the other was instructed to hold the pencil between their lips (which forces a neutral expression). The subjects with the biggest smiles recovered the fastest.

This goes back to the way our brains react to smiles. We don’t just smile when we’re happy; smiling can actually make us happy, which means you really can “fake it till you make it” when it comes to smiling!

#3: Boosts Our Immune System

Relieving tension and stress by smiling can have a profound cumulative impact on your health. It can make you more resilient against illness and it can even reduce your chances of getting cancer by lowering the number of stress-induced mutations your cells go through.

#4: Increases Longevity

Smiling doesn’t just make you look younger and more attractive; it can also add years to your lifespan. Taking advantage of every opportunity to smile (and then some) could make you live up to seven years longer!

Let Those Smiles Shine!

As adults, we average a paltry 20 smiles per day, while children will light up with a smile 400 times in that same day! Imagine the health benefits we could rack up if we could start smiling like we did when we were kids? Some people keep their smiles to themselves because they aren’t happy with the way their teeth look, but we can help you get and keep a smile you’ll be proud to show off.

Our biggest reason to smile? Our patients!

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