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We’re so proud to have sponsored the Conquistadors of Cancer for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. Together, they have raised $32,619.95 towards cancer research!
Check out their pictures from the event below.
At ValleyFair Dental, we appreciate the value family! Researching your family tree provides insight into your linage and your family’s history. You may even learn some new stories or exciting facts along the way. A family tree is a chart that shows the relationships between your family members over many years. If you love mysteries, building your family tree might be a fun hobby for you. Below are some great reasons why you would want to know more about your family tree. If you can think of any other reasons, let us know under the Facebook post for this blog!
Throughout many centuries, people have tried to get their teeth clean, keep their teeth clean, and polish their teeth to a whiter appearance. The first toothbrushes were made centuries ago from natural materials that were handy to use but were hard on the teeth. However, there is more, and the history of the toothbrush includes lots of things, including sticks, boar hairs, nylon bristles, and powered devices.
Around the year 3500 B.C., the Babylonians cleaned their teeth using chew sticks. They chose their sticks from aromatic trees in order to freshen up any existing mouth odors. The Babylonians would chew on one end of the stick to make it look like it had several strands that would then be used to brush away debris from the teeth.
During the 15 th and 16 th centuries, the Chinese had a different idea entirely from the Babylonians. The first toothbrush in China was made using hog hair, animal bone, and bamboo. This is when the first toothbrush actually started to look like modern toothbrushes in a rudimentary way.
In 1780, William Addis created the first toothbrush invented in England. He had been imprisoned for quite some time and had little to do. So, in a moment of ingenuity, he tied small bundles of wild pig hairs together and glued them to pieces of cattle bone. They were sturdy and quickly became popular.
In 1857, a man by the name of H. N. Wadsworth got a patent for the first toothbrush in America. It was made in much the same way as earlier versions from overseas and used animal hair and bone in its design.
In 1938, Dupont de Nemours and his company invented the first toothbrush with nylon bristles. The synthetic materials used to make this style created such soft bristles that the design became a top seller.
Squibb, an American company, invented the first electric version of the toothbrush. A year later, another company, General Electric, invented its own version, which it modified to offer a rechargeable cordless design.
ValleyFair Dental is conveniently situated in the heart of Maple Ridge! When you come in for a cleaning or dental appointment with us, take the family out for lunch or do some shopping before or after your appointment ─ there’s lots to choose from! We’re in a mall with London Drugs and Save-on-Foods ─ so you can get your errands and dental work all done in one convenient location. If you’re looking for some restaurants to visit with your family when you come to ValleyFair Dental, here are our top staff recommendations for you to choose from.
Frogstone Grill is just down the street from ValleyFair Mall. This grill is a landmark restaurant in Maple Ridge, it’s been a part of our community for almost 14 years!
Did you know that Frogstone Grill has an interesting history? Owners Todd and Shari Pratt used to raft along the river and got to know many areas, including one called “the frog”. This massive rock looks like a giant frog on a stream with the water flowing around it. “The frog” has stood the test of time as it was originally named by the natives hundreds of years ago. This rock inspired Todd and Shari Pratt to open Frogstone Grill and it’s been a part of our community for so long ─ it really has stood the test of time.
With a unique blend of casual and exotic flavours, like Cranberry Tea Chicken, you’re sure to find something delicious for each member of your family. From pastas, to burgers to steaks, Frogstone Grill provides dishes that are perfect for the whole family in a casual and comfortable dining environment. Visit this landmark in Maple Ridge when you book your appointment at ValleyFair Dental! You can book appointments for the whole family and then enjoy a great afternoon or evening out. Ask Shannon for her dish recommendations when you visit us for your dental appointment. She and the ValleyFair staff would be happy to share their favourites!
Frogstone Grill is located on 22932 Lougheed Highway in Maple Ridge near the intersection of Lougheed highway and 228th street. This grill is open seven days a week, with similar hours to ValleyFair Dental.
If you’re in the mood for excellent Italian cuisine, check out Paliotti ─ recommended by our friendly office manager, Julie!
Located close to ValleyFair Dental, Paliotti’s Italian Restaurant has a roof shape similar to a circus tent so it’s hard to miss. When Joe Paliotti first found this building, it was an old drive-in burger joint. He then converted the building to a sit down restaurant but left the original and unique roofing. Over the last 34 years, three generations of Paliotti’s have been serving large portions of great Italian food with complimentary bread and dip. It’s a wonderful family-run restaurant in the heart of Maple Ridge, with another location in Abbotsford as well.
Give Julie a call at ValleyFair Dental and get some recommendations of dishes you have to try! Book your appointment at ValleyFair for your whole family. Then head up 227th Street and take a left on Dewdney Trunk Road for lunch. Paliotti’s is near the intersection of Edge Street and Dewdney Trunk Road. They’re open seven days a week, lunch is between 11:30am to 2:30pm and dinner is served between 5:00pm to 11:00pm. The address for Paliotti’s Italian Restaurant is 12018 Edge Street in Maple Ridge.
If you’re looking for a casual, modern café in Maple Ridge ─ check out Chameleon Café. Charlotte from our own ValleyFair Dental Staff recommends trying this café for a yummy bite to eat or a romantic date night out. Chameleon is a great combination of a trendy dining room and a vibrant cocktail lounge. Enjoy local and fresh ingredients from local farms and wineries with a changing menu full of innovative dishes.
In the mood for seafood? Check out their Pistachio Crusted Halibut or their Pan Seared Scallops and Prawns. For more food recommendations, give our wonderful staff member Charolette a call or ask her for her favourites when you come in for your appointment. She and the ValleyFair Dental staff will be able to recommend some great dishes for you so you have an amazing dining experience.
Chameleon Café is located on 11965 24th Street in Maple Ridge for Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee or drinks ─ depending on what you’re looking for! If you’re looking for a unique place to grab a bite after your dental appointment at ValleyFair Dental, head down Lougheed highway and take a right on 224 Street. Chameleon is right near the Memorial Peace Park.
Helpful tip from Charlotte: If you love wine, visit Chameleon on Tuesdays for 25% off all wine bottles.
We love Italian food at ValleyFair Dental ─ here’s another great local Italian place for you and your family to enjoy in Maple Ridge. This comes personally recommended by our amazing staff member, Shannon.
La Trattoria has been operating in Maple Ridge for over 15 years! This fine dining Italian restaurant has a wide range of pastas, entrees and platters for sharing and can create any original Italian dish for you. A lot of their menu items are created with healthy ingredients that are low in sodium, cholesterol and fat. They also offer gluten free pasta, appetizers and entrees.
They have numerous items on their menu, so be sure to check with Shannon when you’re at ValleyFair Dental and get some tips on items she’s tried before. After your dental appointment or checkup at our clinic, grab some lunch or dinner at this restaurant with friends or family. La Trattoria is open for lunch from Tuesday to Friday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm and open for dinner every day from 5:00pm onwards. They are located on 22214 Dewdney Trunk Road in Maple Ridge. From ValleyFair Dental, take 227th Street when exiting the ValleyFair Mall parking lot. Then turn left of Dewdney Trunk Road. La Trattoria is on the intersection of 222 Street and Dewdney Trunk Road.
If you’re looking to feast ─ try Big Feast! It’s is a great small town bistro with a trendy, urban feel. Personally recommended by our friendly office manager, Julie, this bistro is built and run with family and community in mind.
The dining room is created to encourage guests to connect, interact and get acquainted. Big Feast believes in shopping local, re-using and recycling! Their display came from a Montessori in Langley, their community table came from a couple in Maple Ridge, their 100 year old bench is from a farm in Northern Saskatchewan and lastly, their chairs came from a bistro in Boundary Bay. Their menus are made locally and they use organic ingredients whenever they can. Big Feast supports and nourishes our community and is a great place to go to for excellent breakfast and lunch delights.
If you make an appointment at ValleyFair in the early morning or afternoon, stop by this delicious bistro for a bit to eat after your appointment. Ask Julie what her favourite dishes are when you visit us, she’ll be happy to make some recommendations for you and your family.
Big Feast is open seven days a week with timings similar to ValleyFair Dental. It’s right on the corner of 227 Street and 119 Avenue outside ValleyFair mall. We hope to see you at ValleyFair Dental soon!
After you have been to your dentist to whiten your teeth, you will want to keep them looking bright and attractive for as long as possible. While the results of most procedures used to whiten your teeth will begin to fade over time, there are some things that you can do to keep your teeth whiter for longer. Keep the following tips in mind.
As you may be aware, certain foods and drinks can stain your teeth (and may indeed be the reason why you needed to whiten your teeth in the first place). You will be more likely to maintain excellent results after you whiten your teeth if you cut down on your consumption of red wine, black teas and coffees. When you do indulge in these drinks, drinking through a straw can help to prevent regression after you whiten your teeth. It is also worth noting that you should always avoid tobacco products (whether smoked or chewed) if you want to maintain a bright smile after you whiten your teeth.
One of the key things that you need to do to preserve good results after you whiten your teeth is to be consistent and thorough when it comes to dental hygiene. In particular, you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and make an effort to brush them after eating or drinking anything that might stain your teeth. Many whitening toothpastes can also help you to preserve a bright, attractive smile after you whiten your teeth.
Although you should see your dentist every six months no matter how good you think your dental health might be, if you want to maintain the look you have achieved after you whiten your teeth then you should also ask for a professional cleaning at each appointment. In addition to helping you keep your teeth looking bright and white, a professional cleaning helps to prevent a buildup of plaque or the development of tooth decay.
The peaceful relations between Canada and the United States have lasted over two centuries. We trade with each other, take vacations in the United States and even visit Seattle’s amazing outlets for great shopping deals. Our countries share the longest international border in the world and we enjoy many benefits from our close proximity with the United States.
While we enjoy having the United States as neighbors, we also can’t help but notice key differences between Canada and the United States. We Canadians love and take pride in our cultural differences between Canada and the United States. We have different accents, we love how polite we are, we miss Tim Hortons when we cross the border, we enjoy eating Poutines, we love watching hockey more than baseball and we take pride in our maple syrup – and we’re proud of it!
These key differences between Canada and the United States help us to understand our cultures better and appreciate both the differences and similarities that our countries share.
Recent studies have identified a new potential cause of colorectal cancer, which is one of the most deadly forms of cancer today. Surprisingly, researchers have found that the same bacteria that are usually responsible for dental cavities might also play a role in the formation of cancerous tumours in the bowel.
Researchers working at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute studied cancerous tumours in the bowel, and found something unexpected – many of the tumours contained fusobacteria, a type of bacteria more often associated with dental decay than cancer of the colon.
The human mouth teems with various species of bacteria, some of which are responsible for wearing away the protective outer layers of teeth to create cavities that need to be filled by a dentist. Fusobacteria is one of these species, and has long been associated with periodontal disease.
Recent studies have shown that the dangers of fusobacteria could be much greater than previously thought. Not only have these bacteria been found in colorectal tumours, but another study has also shown that they could play a role in encouraging tumour growth.
According to researchers at Case Western Reserve University, the danger posed by fusobacteria stems from a molecule that lies on the surface of each bacterium. This molecule helps the potentially dangerous fusobacteria to attach to cells in the bowel. Researchers say that the molecule could also be responsible for activating certain genes in the cells, leading to the cells becoming cancerous.
The evidence that has been gathered so far is not yet strong enough to conclusively prove a link between oral bacteria and colorectal cancer, but it is an avenue of research that scientists want to pursue.
Although the link between fusobacteria and cancer has not yet been proven, these bacteria are known to be responsible for periodontal disease. You can protect yourself from the potentially harmful effects of oral bacteria by brushing and flossing every day and having regular visits with a dentist.
Bruxism (or grinding your teeth) can cause a wide range of troubling problems, from cracked teeth to chronic headaches that undermine overall quality of life. However, if you have found out that you are grinding your teeth, there is plenty that you can do to help treat this problem.
You may find that you grind your teeth more often during the night if you have consumed caffeine in the later hours of the day. Remember, caffeine isn’t just found in coffee and tea; you will also find it in plenty of sodas, as well as in chocolate.
If your jaw muscles feel sore or tense because you have been grinding your teeth, holding a hot cloth or heat pack against the area can help to ease some of the pain. In addition, doing this before bed may relax your muscles and reduce the intensity with which you begin grinding your teeth while you are asleep.
Your dentist can create a model of your mouth and use it to make a protective night guard that may reduce the symptoms caused by grinding your teeth. These guards make it less likely that you will cause damage when grinding your teeth, and they can also reduce some of the tightness and pain caused by grinding your teeth.
Some people swear that seeing a hypnotherapist can stop you from grinding your teeth. While this may or may not work for you, it is worth investigating.
If you chew on things like pen lids and gum during the day, you are conditioning your jaw muscles to clench by default. You might find that you stop grinding your teeth as often if you make sure that you exclusively chew on food when you’re awake. You can also try putting the very tip of your tongue between your teeth if you notice that your jaw is tight, as this will help to encourage your jaw muscles to loosen up.
Does changing the calendar give you a flash of optimism or a feeling of dread that yet another year has passed by? Have you thought about what you want to do differently in the New Year? Are you the resolution-making type?
There are many reasons individuals choose the turn of the calendar as the time for making change. For one, the festivities of the holiday season have become a catalyst. Time spent with extended family members, or feeling a sense of emptiness when the holidays are faced alone can trigger a process of life evaluation.
Christmastime tends to thrust people into considering what’s really important in life. They might question what’s working for them and what isn’t. For instance, though a job transfer seemed like a positive move two years prior, the cost of such a move becomes obvious during the holiday season. Both comfort and discomfort can cause people to want to make changes.
Also triggering change is the whimsy of the season. The holiday season is a time when silliness is not only allowed, but encouraged. The colours, lights and seasonal scents that waft through the air engage a person’s right brain, or creative side. Once the creative brain is engaged, new ideas are unleashed.
The dominating themes of the holiday season, as repetitive as they are, may drive home such an impactful jolt that a person is able to see things in a new light. They may develop a clearer picture of where they want to head in the future.
When a person discovers areas of their life they’d like to change, it’s vital they take note of them and create a plan of implementation. Soon enough the phase will pass. New ideas, if not captured, will dissipate.
The December holiday break is a good time for students and workers alike to regroup. January is about midway through a school cycle making it a perfect time for reflection and planning. January is a natural time to set new goals as new calendars are hung.
Most people find they thrive on having new things to look forward to, be it a special holiday, a trip, a wedding, a move, or other special activity. After packing up the Christmas decorations and putting the gifts away, New Year’s resolutions and goals provide a person with the answer to what’s next to work on.
Instead of waiting for the arrival of the next special holiday, the focus can be shifted to self-improvement and the ongoing fight against time. It can be shifted to creating steps towards accomplishing bucket list dreams. It can be shifted to working on becoming a kinder, more thoughtful person.
Most humans are creatures of change and love ongoing improvement. The change of the calendar gives an extra kick to get moving. Setting new goals for the New Year can add energy to get through what is, in many cases, the bleakest part of winter.
Common resolutions and goals include quests towards achieving greater fitness, saving more money, quitting bad habits, adopting good habits, becoming more organized, making career changes, taking courses, and so forth.
Intentional planning will be important to make resolutions happen. A good place to begin is with envisioning the kind of life you’d like to have, or envisioning a certain goal realized, followed by identifying what needs to take place to make it happen.
The measurement of success may not be found in the achievement of set goals. Success may be more about having found the right goals that are worth pursuing. As in many things, the process can be as fulfilling and purposeful as the end result.
Why not spend some time dreaming about a few resolutions to make? Then plot some steps on your new calendar and use them to motivate you.
You haven’t been to the dentist in ages and you suspect that, in addition to needing a cleaning, your teeth could use a little work. One tooth, in particular, has begun to act up, not exactly hurting, but exhibiting signs that something is not quite right. You’re worried about tooth decay, so you phone for an appointment and head off to the dentist, worst-case scenarios playing out in your mind.
The good new is that, even if he finds signs of decay, your dentist may be able to nip it in the bud. Early decay, before a cavity has formed, can be treated by regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste and topical fluoride treatments. Once a cavity forms, however, you’ll require a filling. During this procedure, your dentist removes the decay and plugs the resulting cavity hole with the filling material of your choice.
If decay has progressed too far to accept a filling, or your tooth is broken, a dental crown becomes an option. A crown, also called a cap, is a replacement for your original tooth which, when all decay is removed, is shaped to accommodate the crown.
Once decay becomes so advanced that it infects, or threatens to infect, the pulp of your tooth, a root canal may be recommended. Here, your dentist removes the pulp from the centre of your tooth and replaces it with a filling. Where extensive damage has occurred, the tooth may have to be fitted with a temporary crown until a permanent crown is fashioned and cemented into place.
Left unchecked, decay can severely damage both the enamel and the root of your tooth, to where extraction becomes your only option. Once a tooth is removed, only a bridge or implant can fill the resulting gap in your smile. Neither option is cheap but they illustrate the importance of early intervention. Where tooth decay is concerned, the greater the damage, the greater the cost.
Speaking of cost, it’s a good idea to request a written estimate from your dentist. If your dental plan is one that follows an established fee guide, it’s important to know just how closely your dentist adheres to the guide. Most plans pay only a percentage of your bill, requiring you to pay the difference. Obviously, excessive fees increase your out-of-pocket costs; and, if you’re footing the bill yourself, comparison shopping becomes your best and only option.
Whether or not you have a plan, a recent investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s consumer affairs program, Marketplace, strongly suggests that you approach your choice of dentist and treatment options with a ‘buyer beware’ attitude. Using a hidden camera and a ‘bait patient’, Marketplace visited 20 dental offices of varying sizes in Toronto and Vancouver, uncovering some strange practices (pun intended).
The patient, Theresa, was examined by two expert and independent dentists prior to her participation in the 2012 investigation. She had no tooth decay, was overdue for a cleaning, and may have been a candidate for a crown estimated to cost no more than $2,000. Sixty percent of the dentists visited provided essentially the same diagnosis as Marketplace’s experts.
Among the other forty percent was a dentist who diagnosed three cavities but wouldn’t specify which teeth needed work without reviewing Theresa’s insurance plan. Another wanted to ‘rebuild her smile’ by fitting her with six porcelain veneers, to the tune of $8,600. The most expensive estimate included a root canal, crown, and (once again) six veneers, and came in at just under $12,000.
If there’s a morale here (and they’re may be a couple), it’s to take full responsibility for the care of your teeth. From finding a dentist you can trust, to flossing and brushing every day, following a sensible diet, and booking regular cleanings and checkups, the stakes are too high to leave anything to chance.