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If you’re suffering from a toothache, contact ValleyFair Dental in Maple Ridge as soon as possible – your tooth may be abscessed and require emergency dental care. Come in to ValleyFair Dental to avoid complications such as surgery or a tooth extraction if you experience any type of toothache.
The good news is, there are some tried and true toothache pain relief methods and here they are, brought to you by the caring team of oral health care experts at ValleyFair Dental.
Applying a cold compress to your jaw should alleviate a toothache. The cold reduces blood flow to the site and therefore reduces swelling and pain. Apply a cold compress as often as necessary until the pain subsides.
Pain medication can help relieve a toothache but be sure not to exceed the recommended dose. Pain relievers such as aspirin and Advil typically contain anti-inflammatory medicine which can reduce the pain and swelling associated with a toothache.
Salt and Baking Soda combine to make an excellent anti-bacterial mouth-rise that can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and potentially reduce the swelling and pain that stems from a toothache.
Pure clove oil, available in most drugstores, can act as a numbing agent if applied directly to the tooth. Don’t apply to the gums or apply too much as clove oil can be poisonous in too-high quantities. If you don’t want to use clove oil, a clove of garlic is an excellent substitute – simply hold it against the tooth for a few minutes and rinse with warm water afterward.
Teas such as black and green teas are high in tannins, which are known to reduce swelling and help your blood to clot and therefore improve healing. Microwave the teabag in a small dish filled with water for about 30 seconds or until warm, squeeze the excess water and bite down on the teabag, holding it against your tooth/gum.
However, remember that any toothache is a bad toothache so contact ValleyFair Dental in Maple Ridge for an appointment as soon as possible.
Join ValleyFair’s own Dr. K. Chherawala in contributing to the smiles in your community.
Simply make a $100 charitable donation to any of these wonderful charities below:
and forward the receipt to ValleyFair Dental. Your high quality art print of beautiful Maple Ridge photographed by Dr. Chherawala will arrive at your charity of choice in 2-4 weeks.
Prints are 12×18 and printed on mounted hardboard, ready made to be hung and admired in your home.
Visit the ValleyFair Dental Charity Photo Gallery to choose the stunning Maple Ridge print you would like and thank you for your generous donation. We hope you enjoy your new artwork!
Preventing cavities is sometimes not an easy task. Do you find yourself prone to getting a lot of dental cavities even though you brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and visit ValleyFair Dental in Maple Ridge every six months for a regular checkup? The problem may actually be linked to your diet. Here are a few super snacks that can help keep your teeth and gums at their healthiest in the constant struggle of preventing cavities:
Fruits & Veggies:
Apples, celery and cucumbers are all excellent super snacks for your dental health. These super snacks are nutritious and will help keep clean the surfaces of your teeth and massage your gums, improving circulation.
Milk, cheese and calcium help with preventing cavities. These super snacks are rich in calcium and help neutralize acids in the mouth, reducing the incidence of cavities and tooth decay.
Other Great Snacks:
Nuts are excellent super snacks for oral health because they provide calcium and phosphate – elements that help keep dental enamel strong.
Dental professionals recommend avoiding any sugary snacks because sugar feeds the bacteria in the mouth and causes cavities. If you have any questions about which snacks are appropriate and which aren’t, or if you would like to book an appointment at ValleyFair Dental in Maple Ridge to learn more about preventing cavities, please click here.
We all know that nail biting is a bad habit, but do you know why? The dental team at ValleyFair Dental Clinic in Maple Ridge want to clarify why this habit is so detrimental to your overall oral health.
Nail biting is a common habit within certain age groups, including children, teens and young adults. Stress often triggers nail biting, and can diminish as you get older. However, nail biting should be stopped at a young age because it is unclean and unhealthy.
Biting your nails can be detrimental to your oral health for a variety of reasons:
It’s unsanitary. Nails are filled with dirt and they’re even filthier than your fingers. If you bite into your nails, germs will easily get into your mouth and help the spread of bacteria.
Chewing objects is bad for your teeth – When you bite your nails, your teeth will be chewing constantly. The motion of chewing wears down teeth quite fast and puts stress on your teeth which can cause them to misalign.
They harm braces – If you have braces, you know how much pressure is placed on your teeth. If you want to add to this pressure, biting your nails is a great idea! This will stress your teeth out and weaken them, harming your orthodontic treatment and your overall bite.
It can end up costing you – You wouldn’t think that nail biting would be an expensive habit, but it can end up costing you thousands of dollars in extra dental bills during your life!
So what can you do about your problem? Just knowing the facts and how damaging nail biting can be should help you take action and kick that habit for good. The dental team at ValleyFair Dental Clinic in Maple Ridge can answer any questions you might have about nail biting. Contact us today!
So what is the big deal about getting X-rays? X-ray exams reveal the state of your teeth, and the composition of the bones in your face. They are also able to spot gum disease and abnormal growths (including cysts and tumors). X-rays can also locate where impacted and unerupted teeth are, and can find cavities or disease that a simple checkup couldn’t.
X-rays for Maple Ridge dental patients at ValleyFair Dental can be vital for maintaining oral health. For most patients, they will receive a full set of mouth X-rays to determine the state of their oral health. Patients may need to follow up so we can analyze the condition of their gums or their odds of tooth decay.
Our patients’ health is important to us, so schedule an appointment at ValleyFair Dental today to book your X-ray. Here’s a wonderful video that explains the many benefits of digital X-rays:
April is Oral Health Month and to celebrate – and encourage – great oral health care, members of the 123Dentist.com Community Dentist Network across the Lower Mainland are offering a FREE VELscope Oral Cancer Screening on April 26, 2012.
The VELscope system is a laser device that was invented by the BC Cancer Agency as a tool to fight Oral Cancer through early detection. Oral Cancer is a potentially deadly disease and early detection and early treatment are key in the fight against Oral Cancer.
The VELscope oral cancer scanner works by using fluorescent light technology to help detect signs of cancer and precancer that are not visible to the naked eye. Quick and painless, an oral cancer screening often takes just 2 to 3 minutes.
Consider this: over 3,400 new cases of oral cancer were found last year in Canada alone.
Take just 5 minutes out of your day on April 26, 2012 to ensure you have a safer Oral Health Month.
For more information about our Free VELscope Oral Cancer screening on April 26 or to reserve your appointment, please click here.
Many dental patients in Maple Ridge believe they have perfect oral health. However, at ValleyFair Dental, we see many patients who are suffering from gingivitis and gum disease without even realizing it. Puffy, red gums that bleed could mean you have gingivitis. If you ignore these symptoms — and many patients do as the swelling, redness and bleeding aren’t typically painful — you may be on your way to early stage periodontal (gum) disease. But, it’s also possible to prevent the disease from occurring by reducing plaque build-up. Daily flossing and brushing, as well as regular dental hygienist cleanings, can keep plaque away. Regular dental checkups at ValleyFair Dental are crucial in gum disease prevention since any early signs of decay can be caught.
Some of our Maple Ridge patients are surprised when their previously healthy, pink gums start to turn red and begin to bleed, but an individual’s oral health can change at any time. This is why gum disease prevention must be an ongoing effort on your part. Without daily flossing and brushing, plus regular checkups and cleanings at ValleyFair Dental, you’re likely to be at risk for periodontal disease. Make sure you brush at least twice a day, as well as floss daily, to avoid plaque build-up. Plaque, a film containing bacteria and acids, ruins tooth enamel as well as causes periodontal disease. Food particles can become trapped in plaque and further the progress of the disease, so it’s important to get regular hygienist cleanings plus gum disease prevention support from your dentist, who may recommend fluoride or other decay-preventive solutions.
Getting tips and checkups at ValleyFair Dental is an easy way to prevent gum disease and avoid destroying the structure of your teeth. Without regular professional care, moderate and late stages of gum disease may occur. If the gums aren’t healthy, they can’t adequately support the teeth. In the moderate stage of periodontal disease, gums tend to recede and expose large portions of the upper teeth–negatively affecting the tooth structure. Teeth often become loose at this stage. You’ll need to see your oral health expert to help avoid the advanced stage of gum disease. This stage of periodontal disease is the main cause of adult tooth loss and pain is typically present due to infection being built up deeply within the gums.
Don’t put off the state of your oral health! Contact the team at ValleyFair Dental to book an appointment for personalized gum disease prevention and treatment.
Here’s a great video about what you can do to prevent gum disease and keep your smile healthy!
Using dental floss properly is essential to your oral health because it eliminates plaque and gets rid of food bits in places where a toothbrush can’t reach. These areas are in between the teeth and underneath the gum-line. Here are some great oral health tips on clean teeth and dental floss from the dental team at ValleyFair Dental in Maple Ridge.
“Why is dental plaque so bad for me?”
When dental plaque builds up, it can cause tooth decay and gum disease, which is why the dental team at ValleyFair Dental in Maple Ridge recommends that you use dental floss regularly, every day.
“How do I floss properly?”
Here are some strategies on using dental floss most effectively:
– Give yourself about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around both of your middle fingers. Leave an inch or so of dental floss that you can maneuver.
– Hold the dental floss in a flexible way and keep it between your thumbs and index fingers. Be gentle when sliding it up and down between your teeth.
– Take the dental floss and put it around the base of each tooth so you get into the gumline. Do not be forceful with the floss because it can harm gum tissue.
– When you move between teeth, be sure to use the clean section of the floss.
-Removing the floss from your mouth is easy: use a similar back-and-forth motion so you can move the floss up and away from your teeth.
The two kinds of floss you can use are Nylon floss or PTFE. With nylon floss, you can choose between waxed and unwaxed, and there are many different flavours. The problem with nylon floss is that it can sometimes tear easily, but this won’t happen with PTFE floss. PTFE floss is more expensive but worth it because it maneuvers easily between teeth and won’t shred. However, both kinds of floss are efficient in eliminating plaque.
For any questions about dental floss and clean teeth, contact us at ValleyFair Dental in Maple Ridge and we can give you all the information you need.
So, do you have the answer to “How do I floss properly” yet? If not, check out this informative video from Colgate:
Did you know the first edible Easter bunnies were made in Germany in the early 1800s out of pastry and sugar? Nowadays, Easter treats can include Peeps, Cadbury eggs, donuts, marshmallows, Mars bars, cake, ice cream – all things that might cause cavities and tooth decay.
If you’re worried that your sweet tooth might turn into tooth decay, don’t be! You can enjoy your Easter treats and keep your teeth healthy! Just keep in mind these simple things when hunting for your Easter eggs:
The dental health team at ValleyFair Dental Clinic wishes you and your family a sweet Easter filled with smiles!
You know that brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly will help protect your mouth from being damaged, but there is one often neglected treatment that will really give your teeth that clean and healthy feeling. This treatment is Fluoride – a substance that works to prevent cavities and tooth decay to keep your teeth strong.
How can you ensure that your teeth are getting a healthy dose of Fluoride? Many dentists recommend topical Fluoride treatment such as toothpastes and mouth rinses or systemic Fluoride dietary supplements that can be swallowed.
However, the best way to get more Fluoride for your teeth is to visit ValleyFair Dental in Maple Ridge. The Fluoride that dentists use is much more potent than fluoride found in toothpaste or mouthwash. In just a few swishes, your teeth will be effectively protected against cavities, decay and other harmful bacteria.
Remember, when buying Fluoride products, always look for the CDA seal of approval. Fluoride products approved by the CDA have met the criteria for safety and efficiency and are more beneficial for your smile.
At ValleyFair Dental in Maple Ridge, we will take care of your teeth, so you can show off that gorgeous (and healthy!) smile. Book an appointment today for your next dental cleaning by contacting ValleyFair Dental in Maple Ridge today.
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