About dental extractions

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Does your tooth need to be pulled out? Here’s all you need to know about dental extractions.

Even though our permanent teeth are supposed to last a lifetime, there may be many situations when your tooth needs to be pulled out. The most commonly extracted teeth in the mouth are the third molars or the wisdom teeth.

A tooth which is damaged due to decay and cannot be treated by routine procedures may need to be removed. Sometimes if your teeth are very crowded in your mouth, your dentist may advice you to extract certain teeth to make room for other teeth to be aligned perfectly. If your tooth decay involves your nerve and it cannot be treated by root canal therapy and antibiotics, it may need to be removed. In certain head and neck radiations, or in case of chemotherapy, your immune system may be weakened and your tooth may need to be extracted.

Before you see your dentist for your extraction, you must let him/her know about your medical history, if you currently take any medications, or if you have any diseases. Based on your medical history and your health your dentist may advise you to take certain medications before your appointment. The tooth extraction procedure may be simple or complicated depending upon your tooth structure and the surrounding bone.

After your dental extraction, your dentist may place a few stitches which usually dissolve in the mouth after a few days. Make sure you follow all the instructions given to you in order to avoid infection at the site of the extraction.

  • Take all your medication as prescribed.
  • Apply an ice pack to the affected area from outside to keep down the swelling.
  • Avoid rinsing your mouth forcefully for the first 24 hours as that may disturb the blood clot in the extraction site.
  • Avoid having drinks with a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with a solution of warm water and ½ tsp salt.
  • Limit your diet intake to soft foods like soup, pudding, rice, yogurt etc on the day of the extraction.
  • Do not smoke as it can interfere with the process of healing.
  • It is normal to experience a little pain and bleeding for a few hours on the day of your extraction. However, if your bleeding persists for more than 4 hours, you must call your dentist or your oral surgeon.

Tooth extractions may sound to be a scary procedure but the experience of our dental team it would be a pleasant experience for you. If you need your tooth to be extracted, call our dental office in Coquitlam today.

Bad Breath?

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Today, bad breath is considered to be a turn off by almost 70% of teenagers. While bad breath may be due to a variety of causes, it may be transient. In most cases it develops as a result of poor oral health habits. It may also be a sign of other health issues that might need your attention. Foods which have strong odours such as garlic, onion etc. Brushing and flossing can help to temporarily mask up the odour but it usually does not go away completely unless these foods have passed through your body.

If you don’t floss and brush your teeth everyday, the food particles can remain in your mouth, promoting bacterial growth around your teeth. These bacteria attach to your gums, teeth and tongue causing bad breath. Using an antibacterial mouthwash may help to reduce the number of these bacteria. Smoking or chewing of tobacco products can also cause bad breath and may lead to staining of your teeth. Smoking can also irritate your gums.

Persistent bad breath or having a bad taste in your mouth may be a sign of an underlying gum disease or infection. If you use dentures or other poorly fitting dental appliances, it may also be the cause of bad breath as food particles may get stuck between the surfaces of your mouth and your appliance leading to accumulation of bacteria on these surfaces. Dry mouth can also be the cause of bad breath. Certain disease like diabetes, sinus infections, pneumonia may also cause bad breath.

Practice good oral hygiene habits to prevent bad breath. Chewing sugar-free gums can help to increase the flow of saliva and reduce the number of bacteria present in the mouth.

If you are suffering from persistent bad breath, call our Coquitlam dental clinic to see your dentist today and get rid of your bad breath troubles.

About Canker Sores

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We have all heard that canker sores can be very painful. Many of us have experienced it some time or the other in our lives but do you know what exactly a canker sore is? Here’s some interesting information about canker sores that you probably were not aware of.

Canker sores are tiny painful lesions that develop on the soft tissues in the mouth. They are not contagious and may resolve in a week or two. The exact cause of most of these is yet unknown to scientists but stress or tissue injury is known to be the triggering factor in most cases. Certain types of fruits and vegetables that are citrus in nature like lemons, oranges, strawberries and tomatoes can also act as a trigger or can aggravate the symptoms. Some complex cases may involve an underlying health condition like impaired immune system, nutritional deficiencies like Vitamin B-12, zinc, folic acid or iron deficiency. Canker sores should not be confused with cold sores as they are different. Cold sores are caused due to a virus and are contagious. Cold sores are typically seen outside the mouth around the lips and nose while canker sores appear inside the mouth.

A cancer sore may present as a sore in your mouth on the tongue or on soft tissues as a white or grey spot surrounded by reddish inflamed edge. A tingling or burning sensation may be experienced before the sore actually appears in the mouth.

Although there is no cure for canker sores, they can be very painful and may cause difficulty in eating. If the sores are larger in size or persistent, your dentist may prescribe you an antibacterial mouth rinse or a steroid containing ointment to resolve the ulcer. They can be prevented by taking measures like avoiding certain citrus fruits which can irritate your oral tissues, brushing using a soft brush and flossing daily.

Canker sores may be harmless however, you must consult your dentist if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Large, frequent sores that do not heal.
  • Recurring, multiple sores in which new lesions develop before the old ones are completely healed.
  • Sores which are persistent for more than two weeks.
  • Painful sores which cannot be controlled by self care measures.
  • When you experience extreme difficulty in eating or drinking.
  • If you have fever along with canker sores.

If you are your family member suffer from these sores, do visit our dental office in Coquitlam and we will make sure that we can help you prevent these.

The Tooth Fairy Concept

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The tooth fairy is a popular tale of childhood, the same way we affectionately recollect Santa Clause or the Easter Bunny, we think back on the Tooth Fairy with sweet memories. Unlike other mythological heroes and characters, the Tooth Fairy exists globally in almost all cultures and religions.

Here’s an insight into the concept of tooth fairy.  The Tooth Fairy as we probably are aware it is a moderately late creation, as are some myths, developed after some time. There are conventions, legends and myths going back centuries about losing your baby teeth. In different cultures, the concept of the tooth fairy has involved beavers, cats, dog or even squirrels. Some of the common beliefs or customs involve:

o   Throwing the tooth into the sun

o   Throwing the tooth in fire.

o   Throwing the tooth backwards between the legs.

o   Throwing the tooth onto or over the roof of a house.

o   Thrown in a mouse trap.

o   Burying the tooth

o   Hiding the tooth from animals.

o   Putting the tooth on a wall or on a tree.

Eventually, the reason the tooth fairy legend keeps on developing and gives a level of comfort to kids. As you develop, your body experiences numerous changes, yet ostensibly the first and most traumatic for kids is losing their teeth. The tooth fairy offer comfort and make tooth loss a pleasing experience.

 Today dentists utilize the tooth fairy to motivate dental health, even motivating parent to support the idea that the child with a clean mouth gets more rewards. This motivation from parents makes it a lot easier for dental professionals and parents to get the kids’ dental work done.

Our dental team at Coquitlam believes that children should be taught the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene. Your Coquitlam dentist recommends that you get your children to see a dentist early in their childhood to get them accustomed to regular dental visits.

If you would like to schedule your child’s dental visit, you can call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at 604.552.2241

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.

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