Back to School: Nutrition Tips for a Healthy Mouth

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Nutrition Tips for a Healthy MouthGreen apple on white background (isolated).

Did you know that what you eat is just as important as brushing and flossing regularly to prevent cavities, and maintain good dental health? Depending on what you eat, you could be helping or hurting your teeth.

We all know that sugar causes cavities, but why? Simply put the bacteria in the mouth feasts on sugars and carbohydrates and converts them into an acid. Left unchecked, this acid will wear on the teeth, starting the decay process. The more meals and snacks you eat the more acid your teeth are exposed to.

As kids go back to school, a lot of snacks are pre-packaged for ease. Unfortunately, many pre-packaged foods and drinks are full of sugar and carbohydrates: potato chips, juice, bread and soda are just a few examples.

To cut down the acidic environment in your mouth, and keep a healthy smile, here are some food and snack tips:

– Stick to foods that dissolve quickly. The more solid and sticky a food is, the harder it is for your saliva to wash it away. This causes longer exposure to your teeth and a greater risk of creating decay.
– Drink plenty of water. Juices, sodas and even milk contain sugar. Water does not harm teeth, and helps wash away food particles that may otherwise cling to teeth.
– Fruits & Vegetables- “An apple a day keeps the Doctor away,” Right? Try sending your child to school with fruits and veggies with high water content (think grapes instead of raisins) instead of carbohydrates. The water in these fruits and veggies will dilute the effects of the sugar they contain. Try apples, pears, melon, celery or cucumber.
– Cheese, lean chicken and nuts are another good snack option for a healthy mouth. These foods contain calcium and phosphorous, which are thought to remineralize and strengthen tooth enamel.
– If a sugary snack is unavoidable, make sure to have it with a meal instead of on its own. There will be more saliva available to wash away the remains of the sugar. Combine this with a beverage for added protection.

If you are looking for a dentist to educate you about your dental needs, call us at Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam (604) 552-2241.

Back To School Dental Tips

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Dental Tips for Back to School

Is your child ready to go back to school from head-to-toe? If they have not had a recent dental exam, the answer may be ‘No’.  Ensuring your child or teen’s oral health is up to date will ensure that a minimum amount of class time is missed due to dental appointments. Call us to see what we can do to help your child or teen prepare their teeth for back to school!

Regular Dental Check-ups

It is recommended to visit our practice twice a year for your dental check up and cleaning. These assessments are opportunities for your dentist to examine your child’s teeth and mouth. Coupled with a professional cleaning, the examination is a chance to prevent any dental problems from occurring. If any treatment is needed, it can be taken care of in its early stages, with minimal school time missed. Starting this ritual with your children will get them used to the routine of regular exams and cleanings, setting them up for a good habit as they reach adulthood. Having their exam before returning to school will give you peace of mind, as you will know that your child’s teeth are ready for the school year ahead.

Think “Dental Supplies,” When Shopping for Back to School

If your child’s tooth brush is worn out, or has seen better days, it is a good idea to replace it. Having a new tooth brush in their favorite color can encourage your child to brush more regularly. When picking a tooth paste for your child, make sure it is a flavor that they like. Some kids are put-off from brushing by strong minty flavors. Include your child in the decision making process, and they will start to feel a sense ownership of their oral hygiene. Flossing can be a challenge to encourage daily, so try using floss picks, or a floss in a fun flavor or color.

Have a Brushing & Flossing Schedule

Today, families are busier than ever with school, sports and other activities. If you know your schedule ahead of time, you will have an idea of when you will be home or away. Plan out your child’s brushing schedule. If they don’t have time to brush after every meal throughout the day, have your child rinse out his or her mouth at the water fountain while at school. As the schedule gets busier, flossing habits can fall by the wayside. Make sure your child devotes some time to flossing once daily, and reward them for their effort if it is needed. Also, consider packing snacks low in sugar to avoid the residue that will eat away at your child’s teeth during the day. Sending your child to school with a refillable water bottle will also cut down on the need for sugary impulse purchases such as a soft drink.

Retainers & Mouth guards

If your child or teen has recently had their orthodontic braces removed, they should have a retainer to maintain their new position. Make sure your child is complying with the instructions given to them by their Orthodontist or Dentist, to prevent a relapse.
When playing sports, safety and injury prevention is important. A common sports injury is an injury to the mouth or teeth. Ask your Dentist if your child or teen should be wearing a mouth guard during games and practice. Our practice can have a custom-fitted mouth guard made for that extra protection.

Preparing your child’s dental health for the school year will ensure a worry-free parent and confident, smiling student. If you are looking for a dentist to educate you about your dental needs, call us at Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam (604) 552-2241.

Signs Your Baby is Teething

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As unique as all snowflakes are, the same can be said for every baby’s experience with teething. Typically, your baby’s first tooth is not due to appear from between 3 months and 12 months of age, the average age being 7 months. . Symptoms can appear up to 3 months before their first tooth erupts. They may be miserable or breeze right through teething and show none, one, or a combination of the following symptoms.

Drooling – How does one little infant produce so much drool? Teething can cause excessive drooling. It is important to gently wipe away the drool from cheeks, chin and wherever else it may accumulate to help prevent chapped skin. The extra fluid can also cause your little one to cough and gag. If your baby has no other signs of a cold or flu, don’t be too alarmed.

Biting – As the teeth put pressure on the gums, a source of relief is counterpressure. Babies will bite or gum whatever they can find to relieve the pain of teething.Try providing a frozen teething ring, or facecloth. A teething cracker can help (with supervision) as well as cold foods such as apple sauce of yogurt. Avoid carrots, as they can be a choking hazard.

Not Feeding – The suction created in the mouth at feedings can exacerbate the pain of teething, so your baby may become fussy at feeding time. Babies on solid food may also refuse to eat during this time as well. This can be frustrating as now they will be cranky due to teething as well as an empty tummy. Always consult a pediatrician if this lasts for more than a few feedings.

Irritability – As the teeth come in, your baby’s mouth will feel achy. Some babies won’t even make a peep, and some will be completely miserable. Along with being irritable, your infant may also resort to ear pulling and cheek rubbing. This is because the cheek and ear shares the same nerve pathway as the jaw. This irritability can last anywhere from a few hours, to days, or even weeks. Consult your Dr. before administering any pain relief medication. If you suspect an ear infection, consult your doctor.

Sleep Problems – Prepare to work double shifts! Even if your baby is used to sleeping through the night, the discomfort of teething may disrupt his or her sleep schedule.

If you are looking for a dentist to educate you about your dental needs, call us at Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam (604) 552-2241.

When Do Kids Start Losing Their Baby Teeth?

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Losing that first tooth can be an exciting milestone in a child’s life. Is it the excitement of the unknown, the rite of passage, or the promise of Tooth Fairy money? Along with this excitement come questions. Which teeth are supposed to fall out, and when?

Usually children will lose their teeth in the same order that they erupted when they were a teething infant. Typically, this means that the lower front teeth are the first to wiggle and then fall out. This usually happens around the age of 5 or 6 years. Soon to follow are the top two central teeth. Primary (baby) teeth can start to fall out when your child is 4 years of age, or as late as years old. Chances are if your baby’s teeth erupted early, they will fall out early too.

What Causes the Baby Teeth to Fall Out?

Baby teeth don’t loosen unprovoked. It is typically triggered by the adult tooth pushing up to take its place. As the adult tooth pushes up to take its place, the baby tooth’s root will dissolve. This process is what makes the baby tooth loosen and become wiggly.

What if the Teeth Don’t Fall Out?

If you find your child’s teeth aren’t falling out at the same rate as their friends, that’s okay. Primary teeth usually fall out in the order they first came in, and after they have been in place for a few years. Try not to encourage your child to push on their teeth and make them wiggle. If the adult tooth is pushing up and the baby tooth is ready to come out, it will get loose on its own. If your child reaches age 7 without any teeth becoming loose or falling out, make an appointment with your Dentist for an evaluation.

In some cases, the adult teeth will erupt without the baby teeth falling out, leaving two rows of teeth that resemble shark teeth. In this case, your child may need their primary teeth extracted by their dentist.

All About Dental Implants (Replacing missing teeth)

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If one or more of your teeth are missing, there are a number of ways to replace them. An alternative to bridges, partials or complete dentures may be dental implants. Implants are used to replace missing roots and support artificial replacement teeth. They are comfortable and look like natural teeth.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal. It is inserted into the jawbone to replace the root of the natural tooth. An artificial replacement tooth is attached to the implant. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the replacement tooth in place.

Who does this procedure?

If you are having an implant, your dentist may refer you to a dental specialist who has further training in this area. Specialists who place implants are periodontists or oral and maxillofacial surgeons, also called oral surgeons. Specialists who place crowns, bridges and dentures on implants are called prosthodontists.

Who can get dental implants?

If you are in good general health, have healthy gums and have enough bone in the jaw to hold an implant, dental implants might be right for you. If your jawbone has shrunk or if it has not developed normally, you may be able to have a bone graft to build up the bone. A bone graft is a way of adding new bone to your jawbone. Your dentist or dental specialist will tell you if bone grafting can be done.

How dental implants are done

    • Your dentist or specialist will carefully examine your mouth and take x-rays of your head, jaw and teeth to find out if dental implants are right for you.
    • During the first stage of surgery, your dentist or specialist will put a dental implant into your jawbone beneath the gum tissue. The gum tissue is then stitched back into place. As the tissue heals, the implant will bond with the bone and attach to the gum. It can take several months to heal.
    • During the second stage of surgery and once the tissue is healed, your dentist or specialist will attach an abutment to the implant. An abutment is a post that connects the replacement tooth to the implant. In some cases, the first and second stage of implant surgery may be done in one single stage.
    • An artificial replacement tooth is made and your dentist or specialist attaches it to the abutment. It may take several appointments to properly fit the replacement tooth to the abutment.
  • When replacing several teeth or all of your teeth, a fixed bridge is anchored to your dental implants. A bridge is a dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth by spanning an area that has no teeth. The bridge is held firmly in place by dental implants on each side of the missing tooth or teeth.

Caring for my dental implant(s)

Because dental implants are placed in the jawbone, artificial replacement teeth attached to implants look and act much like natural teeth. Like natural teeth, implants need to be kept clean using a toothbrush and floss. Your dentist will show you the proper cleaning procedure for implants. Regular dental checkups are important so your dentist can make sure that your bite is right and that your implants are not loose.

What else should I know?

    • Several visits to your dentist or dental specialist may be needed until the process is done.
    • Checkups will be scheduled during the following year so your dentist can be sure your implants are working properly.
    • You will need to take very good care of your implants.
    • Implants can cost more than other kinds of replacement teeth and might not be covered by your dental plan. But in most cases this is a one-time cost, unlike other kinds of tooth replacement procedures.
  • Although rare, possible complications due to dental implants include bleeding, infection, numbness or injury to nearby muscles or the sinus cavity. In some cases, the implant may not be successful because it didn’t bond to the bone.

Thank you for visiting our Glen Dental Centre website, your dentist in the Tri-Cities located at 2975 Glen Drive, Coquitlam, BC, V3B 2P7. Book your appointment by calling us today. Our phone number is 604-552-2241.

Implant in one day! An incredible solution to replacing missing teeth

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Dental Implant

Implant is a revolution in dentistry itself. Imagine the impact of the implant in one day changes lives of so many. When a tooth is lost or severely damaged, the best permanent replacement is a dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown. This solution both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.

With immediate Function Implant treatment you can get your missing tooth back in a day, resulting in immediately full functioning teeth, shorter treatment time and minimized pain.

For more information about different available options on your situation, book a consultation appointment with our dentist, Dr. Kayvan Ashnaei at (604) 552 – 2241.

Our Coquitlam dental clinic is located on Glen Drive across from Coquitlam centre in the heart of Downtown Coquitlam, BC. From Cosmetic dentistry, Orthodontics, Invisalign, Invisalign teen, dental Implant, family and children dentistry to laser and oral sedation dentistry, the Coquitlam dentist and his team are dedicated to providing you services in all aspects of dentistry.

Thank you for visiting our website, your dentist in Coquitlam: 2975 Glen Drive Coquitlam BC V3B 2P7
Phone (604) 552-2241

Facts About Root Canal (Part 2)

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Are You In Pain and Need A Root Canal?

It is not an easy decision to choose a dentist to have a root canal therapy done by. Most of the time, we wonder which dentist can perform a root canal. Root canal is a very sensitive dental procedure that needs a lot of experience and training. However, Root canal therapy is considered a basic procedure, and can be done by your dentist.

Your Tooth after a Root Canal

Post-root canal therapy, your tooth will no longer have access to the blood and nutrients that the dental pulp provides, and can become brittle over time. Also, the extent of decay and subsequent loss of tooth structure leaves your tooth vulnerable. If the tooth is a molar, and the tooth is subjected to great force daily, the tooth will almost certainly fracture. A tooth that has undergone root canal therapy should have an artificial crown to protect the remaining structure of the tooth, and to provide a solid structure for chewing.

If you are looking for a dentist to educate you about your dental needs, call us at Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam (604) 552-2241.

Facts About Root Canal (Part 1)

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Root Canal and Phobias

For some, root canal therapy is one of the most feared dental treatments. This is perhaps due to the abscess that may have made the root canal necessary in the first place. However, rest assured that modern root canal therapy is relatively painless, as the pain can be controlled with freezing (local anesthetic). Furthermore, pain control medication can be administered before and/or after the treatment is underway to make the patient as comfortable as possible.

root-canalParts of the tooth

The living tissue of the tooth that is made up of blood vessels and connective tissue is called dental pulp. Dental pulp is the medium that allows the flow of blood and nutrients to the tooth. If the dental pulp dies, the tooth is considered non-vital, or dead. Dental pulp lives in the structures of the tooth called the pulp chamber, and the root canals. The pulp chamber is inside the upper part of the tooth called the crown. The pulp in the pulp chamber extends down into the long narrow part(s) of the tooth called the root canals, which are located inside the roots of the tooth.

What is Root Canal Therapy?

A root canal (root canal therapy) is a treatment of the tooth pulp sometimes done in more than one visit. The treatment consists of local freezing and isolating the tooth with a rubber dam for preparation. Then the Dentist or Endodontist will use a drill and other tools to expose the pulp chamber and root canals before cleaning the pulp out of the tooth. Next, the tooth is further decontaminated with an irrigating solution. Next, an inert filling material called gutta-percha is put into the root canals to take up the now empty space inside the root canals. The rest of the tooth is then filled with either a temporary or permanent filling. The result is the elimination of infected pulp tissue and tooth structure, and the protection of the decontaminated tooth from future infections.

root-canal-2Why is the Procedure Performed?

Root canal therapy is made necessary when an infected tooth is present, or when tooth decay is expected to permanently damage the pulp of the tooth. A tooth can be infected without the patient knowing, which is why routine checkups with x-rays are very important. Root canal therapy is designed to save the tooth so that it does not require extraction. Extraction is a last resort for an infected tooth, and is not desirable because a missing tooth in an arch can cause neighboring teeth to drift out of place, and can cause problems with the jaw.

Should you have any further questions about root canal therapy, please contact our Coquitlam dentist, Dr. Ashnaei, at Glen Dental Centre (604) 552 – 2241.

Next week we will discuss who can perform a Root Canal.

Your Teeth, Chewing, and Your Stomach

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Chewing is a vital factor in the digestive process. Many people think that the digestive system includes only the stomach and intestines, and they forget that the digestive process actually starts in the mouth. Chewing is a mechanical action that breaks down large amounts of food into smaller particles. The more the food is broken down, the more it is exposed to saliva for a longer period of time, which puts less stress on the digestive system. Proper chewing is healthy!

Benefits to chewing your food thoroughly:

  • Helps your overall health by starting the digestive process properly
  • Helps deliver nutrients to the cells in your body more quickly
  • Helps control your appetite by tricking the brain into thinking you’ve eaten more than you actually have
  • Helps you lose body fat since you end up eating less
  • Helps reduce that heavy feeling that can follow a meal
  • Boosts your energy
  • Increases your immune system
  • Gives you a health boost by stimulating the parotid glands
  • Improves your digestive efficiency
  • Improves your general health

Side effects of not chewing your food thoroughly:

  • Leads to poorly digested food that ferments in the stomach for a long time
  • Results in poor absorption of vitamins and nutrients
  • Contributes to acid reflux, which can damage the lining of the throat and esophagus
  • Causes flatulence, indigestion, heartburn and other discomforts
  • Increases constipation, abdominal spasms and bloating
  • Allows more air to enter, which increases gas and burping
  • Increases the need for digestive aids like antacids or other supplements
  • Increases the energy needed in order to digest the food
  • Results in feeling tired and having low energy

For people who have trouble chewing food, it may be helpful to cut food into smaller pieces and allow extra time to chew food at a comfortable, unhurried pace. Another helpful hint is to put your fork down on your plate after each bite. For people who just do not have the time to chew each bite thoroughly, a well-balanced meal replacement shake is a good alternative.

Chewing thoroughly takes some time to get used to and will be strange at first. Making a conscious effort to be aware of your chewing habits is a good start. A lot of people say that chewing a set number of times before swallowing their food helps them remember to chew thoroughly. If that seems tedious, then do not worry about counting how many times you chew each bite, but make sure each bite is almost in liquid form before you swallow.

Now that you have learned the importance of chewing for the digestive system, don’t forget to get your teeth checked to make sure they are up to the task.


Kids, Snacks and Oral Health

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Here are five easy-to-follow tips that will help protect your child’s teeth from decay:

Make sure to read all labeling on food and beverages you are choosing for your family at the supermarket. Consider your family’s usual selection of beverages and stay away from beverages loaded with sugar and acid.

Protect your kid’s teeth with protein! Dietary Protein works remarkably well as a guard against acid, so feeding your kids cheese, nuts and cold cut sandwiches is an excellent alternative to the unhealthy fast food choices your kids may make on their own. The same is true for fruits and vegetables that have high water content.  Apples, pears, and celery are excellent choices to help rinse bacteria from your mouth.

A straw can save your child’s smile. If your kids are going to drink a sugary beverage, using a straw can keep sugar away from their teeth. It’s best to drink sugary beverages with a meal rather than permitting kids to sip on them throughout the day.  Acid penetrates tooth enamel – so follow up sugary beverages with water to rinse your mouth until brushing time!

Nothing beats water. Bacteria are attracted to sugar and together they create an acid, which causes tooth decay and deterioration.  Water rinses your mouth of bacteria and acid in addition to increasing the formation of your saliva.

Consider the length of your snack sessions. We all want to have a treat now and again – the key is moderation. If your children are sucking away on sour candy keys or chewing Swedish berries throughout the day, acid is given the opportunity to erode their teeth. Snacks that can be eaten in one session, like popcorn or baked chips are a better alternative – teeth are exposed to food for a shorter time, and these snacks encourage saliva production to rinse away the food particles.

In addition to the above tips it’s important to maintain oral health habits like daily brushing and flossing throughout the day. Also, take advantage of a routine check up and cleaning. Prevention or early cavity diagnosis is preferred over late diagnosis.

Call us today at (604) 552 – 2241 to book an appointment for your kids – you’ll be glad you did.

Our Coquitlam Glen Dental Centre clinic is located on Glen Drive across from Coquitlam centre in the heart of Downtown Coquitlam, BC. From Cosmetic dentistry, Orthodontics, Invisalign, Invisalign teen, dental Implant, family and children dentistry to laser and oral sedation dentistry, the Coquitlam dentist and his team are dedicated to providing you services in all aspects of dentistry.

Thank you for visiting our website, your dentist in Tri-City is located at 2975 Glen Drive Coquitlam, BC, V3B 2P7
Phone (604) 552-2241 , Fax (604) 552-2246

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