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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Secret to Having Great Teeth

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Below are some tips on how to keep your pearly whites just that: white and pearly. We all have bad habits that we may not even have been aware are harming our teeth. There is the obvious tip to brush at least two times per day, and avoid sugar, but there are actually many things you can do to keep your smile beautiful, or to prevent damage to your teeth and gums  in the first place.

Use Your Hands, not your Teeth!

Using your teeth to open bottles or to chew objects that are not food can dull or even crack your teeth. Avoid chewing your pen at work or school, and say no to crunching down on ice or unpopped popcorn kernels. Make sure to use the right tool for the job, including a nut cracker for nut shells, and nail clippers to trim your nails instead of using your teeth.

No Milk at Bedtime

Although comforting to your child, a bottle of milk at bedtime can spell disaster for developing teeth. When in contact with your child’s teeth for extended periods of time (overnight), milk, formula and juice can cause severe tooth decay resulting in what is called ‘bottle rot’. Try to only give your child water when they are going down for a nap or sleep.

Thumb Sucking is a No-No

 It is true that some adults suck their thumbs, but it is well known that children often do as well. Sucking your thumb will move your teeth out of their natural alignment. Pacifiers and bottles can do the same to children over the age of two as well.

Say ‘No’ to Tobacco

Cosmetically speaking, chewing or smoking tobacco will discolor and weaken your teeth. It can also lead to periodontal disease as well as oral cancer. Ask your doctor about nicotine alternatives.

Always Brush Before Bed

Don’t go to sleep without first brushing and flossing! Think of all the food you ate during the day, the remnants of which could reside below your gumline and between your teeth. Leaving this overnight will expose your teeth to plaque for extended periods of time making you vulnerable to gingivitis. If you are able to remove plaque within 24 hours, it doesn’t have enough time to produce enough acid to harm your teeth.

Avoid OTC Whitening Products

Always ask your Dentist before purchasing and using over-the-counter tooth whitening products. These products may not be regulated in the same way that in-office products are, as they are considered cosmetic. There is no guarantee that they are safe or effective for your teeth. Whitening is not for everyone either, so make to bring up whitening at your next dental checkup.

Sugary Candy

 Avoid chewing on hard candy or sugary gum throughout the day unless it is sugar-free. Extended exposure to sugary, sticky substances can cause decay and a trip to the dentist. Stick to sugar-free options instead. Bonus points if they contain xylitol, which can help prevent cavities and strengthen enamel.

Wear what is prescribed by your Dentist

 If you have gone through the time and effort (and expense) of having braces or orthodontic treatment, wear your retainer! If you don’t wear your retainer, your teeth may relapse, and begin to move back to their original position. Alternately, if you tend to grind or clench your teeth at night and have been prescribed a night guard, wear it! Not wearing your night guard can cause extra strain on your bite and your jaw joint (temporomandibular joint). Not wearing your night guard can risk cracking or chipping your natural and artificial crowns. Neglecting your dentist’s advice in this way can void the warranty of some restorative work.

Don’t Share Your Toothbrush

Every person’s mouth has its own balance of good and bad bacteria. Using someone else’s toothbrush can harm your mouth by exposing you to bacteria that your body is not used to.

Say No to Tongue Piercings

Getting your tongue pierced can be detrimental to your dental health. It can cause excessive drooling, infection, and swelling. Cosmetically, a tongue piercing can chip your teeth. In extreme cases, the device can cause enough trauma over time to cause the lower front teeth to fall out.

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

Tooth sensitivity, most common dental complaint!

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Tooth sensitivity is one of the most common dental complaints. It can be so painful that you may alter your food habits. Tooth sensitivity is caused when the outer tooth covering or the enamel of the tooth is destroyed by acids in the foods or aggressive brushing habits or when the gums recede exposing the tooth root. Tooth sensitivity may also sometimes result from teeth whitening treatments.

Brushing with a soft brush and a sensitivity relieving toothpaste is advised. In addition you should avoid brushing too hard as it can destroy the protective tooth enamel resulting in increased sensitivity. The best sign of your correct brushing habits is seen by observing the bristles of your toothbrush. A tooth brush with bristles that resemble a blooming flower shows that you are brushing too hard.

In order to know the correct brushing technique and to protect our teeth from sensitivity the dental team at Glen Dental Centre advocates that you see your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis to help protect against conditions that may contribute to sensitivity such as gum disease causing recession and cavities. Our dental team would be pleased to offer you various options to help you care for sensitive teeth.

Call Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam today to know more or to book an appointment.

Are You A Teeth Grinder?

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Have you been told that you are a grinder? Do you feel that you grind your teeth while you are asleep? Your Coquitlam dentist tells you what teeth grinding is and why it can be more harmful than you think.

Occasional teeth grinding is generally considered to be harmless but frequent grinding can cause damage to the teeth and the jaw bones. Sometimes frequent grinding over a long period of time can cause cracks on teeth or fracturing of teeth. Teeth may also loosen or fall off as a result of excessive grinding. Grinding may also affect your jaws, cause or worsen joint disorders of the TMJ.

To prevent harm to your teeth caused due to grinding, your dentist may advise you to get a night guard. If your grinding is due to stress, ask your dentist or doctor for options to reduce stress. In certain cases, muscle relaxants may also help to reduce grinding. If you are suffering from a sleep disorder, treating it would help you to reduce grinding.

Your Coquitlam dentist on Glen Drive offers you some tips that will help you to stop grinding your teeth:

  • Avoid consumption of foods and beverages that contain caffeine, such as coffee, chocolates and colas.
  • Consumption of alcohol should be avoided as it can intensify the grinding.
  • Do not chew on pencils or pens.
  • Do not chew gum as it makes your jaw muscles more prone to clenching.
  • Try to relax your jaw muscles before your bedtime by dabbing a warm washcloth against your cheek just in front of your ear lobes.

A night guard is a really easy and economical way to control damage to your teeth caused due to grinding. It can also save you a lot of your future dental appointments.

Call our dental office in Coquitlam to book an appointment to see the dentist and get your night guard.

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