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Sometimes due to lack of time or distraction, patients tend to forget about booking a regular dental cleaning or checkup at their local dental clinic. In order to encourage you to schedule your next checkup and cleaning at ValleyFair Dental Clinic in Maple Ridge BC, here’s a few good reasons why regular dental visits are so important:
1. Avoid Painful Procedures: Patients who visit the dentist regularly are much less likely to need major procedures such as root canals, gum grafts and tooth extraction. This means that patients are saving money, avoiding painful dental procedures and staying healthy!
2. Beautiful Smiles: A good looking smile starts with healthy teeth, and regular checkups and cleanings at ValleyFair Dental will keep you looking your best. A professional cleaning can also help remove stains on your teeth, giving them a healthy shine that will impress everyone you meet.
3. Detect oral cancer early: One of the deadliest cancers, but easiest to diagnose, is oral cancer. At our Maple Ridge dental clinic, we have invested in the VELscope exam system, which works to detect cancer at the earliest stages.
4. Good example for your kids: If you have children who look up to you, make sure you practice good oral hygiene habits. Make dental checkups a priority in life, allowing for a future full of healthy smiles.
5. Reduce gum disease: Many adults will eventually get some type of periodontal disease, a leading cause of tooth loss. Luckily, gum disease can easily be treated or reversed, but only if your oral health is checked closely by the team at ValleyFair Dental.
For more information on maintaining good oral health, or to book a dental cleaning and checkup, contact our dental clinic today!
Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure in Maple Ridge, but most patients are not even aware of why wisdom teeth removal is necessary. The extraction experts at ValleyFair Dental Clinic have written this handy guide on wisdom teeth to answer any questions you may have.
What are wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth, the last molars in your bite, typically show up in people aged 16 to 25 years old. In the past, wisdom teeth were useful for our diet of harder foods and meats. Nowadays, with softer diets and orthodontic treatment, wisdom teeth are left with little room to erupt.
Some people are unaffected by wisdom teeth, while others experience painful situations that require immediate removal. It’s a good idea to ask a dentist at ValleyFair for more information on your wisdom teeth development.
Why should I get my wisdom teeth out?
Wisdom teeth removal is necessary because:
How will my dentist take out the wisdom teeth?
Wisdom teeth removal is typically pain-free due to oral or IV sedation. The procedure will begin by:
After the procedure, dental stitches are typically utilized to help with healing. There is likely to be swelling or bruising, but a cold compress and medication should aid in a faster recovery.
For more information on wisdom teeth removal in Maple Ridge, or to book an appointment, contact ValleyFair Dental clinic today.
Children’s dental care is often overlooked in Maple Ridge, because many parents think that baby teeth are just going to fall out and be replaced by adult teeth. However, regular family dental care is important for all family members – young and old.
Taking care of baby teeth is one of the most valuable lessons to teach young, impressionable children. Aside from the fact that tooth decay is the most preventable illness in children, not taking care of baby teeth can lead to future problems as an adult.
Early Dental Disease
Cavities are painful and they can also cause embarrassment, wasted time, speech impediments and more. Even though baby teeth are going to fall out, protecting these teeth will not only help improve overall health and wellness at the present, they will also help lead to healthy adult smiles.
Practice Good Oral Health
Maintaining great oral health should be a fun experience for both you and your child. From an early age, it is an important idea to promote brushing and flossing daily. Bad habits form at an early age, visit your local family dental clinic to learn tips and tricks on how to encourage proper oral health habits.
For more information on children dentistry, or to book an appointment at ValleyFair Dental Clinic, contact us today.
In existence for over 30 years, dental veneers are still not commonly understood or utilized by many dental patients in Maple Ridge.
While most people have heard of whitening teeth with bleach treatments, they are not aware that they are being exposed to the bleaching alternative almost daily. In fact, dental veneers are worn by actors, models and professionals and play a huge roll in the cosmetic dentistry industry.
Dental veneers are similar to acrylic fingernails, where a replacement is shaped and placed on the natural nail. Veneers are made of a thin layer of custom-made porcelain or composite material, which are then placed over the natural tooth.
However, unlike an acrylic nail, veneers are incredibly tough. Patients with dental veneers are still able to bite into carrots, eat fudge, or enjoy anything else they would normally. Dental veneers are completely sealed against the natural tooth, lasting for several years without regular maintenance.
While professional teeth whitening may have a few limitations, veneers are used to solve a variety of oral health issues. Bleaching is typically used only to lighten teeth, without the ability to change the position, size or shape of teeth.
Dental veneers do more than just make your smile look beautiful, they can also help fix for biting problems, help fill in gaps between teeth, or straighten overlapping teeth.
Dental veneers also allow you to keep much of your natural tooth, which is always ideal. Veneers are custom-made to cover just the front and biting surface of your teeth, which leaves the back area untouched.
Don’t forget, if you are interested in any cosmetic dentistry solutions from ValleyFair Dental Clinic, it is incredibly important to maintain proper oral health.
For more information on dental veneers, or to book an appointment at our Maple Ridge dental clinic, contact us today!
Cosmetic Dentistry has become increasingly more accepted for patients thanks to popular reality shows that focus on dramatic smile makeovers. Dental patients in Maple Ridge are beginning to understand how easy it is to create their ideal smile with the available cosmetic dentistry solutions.
We are often asked questions about what a cosmetic dentist can accomplish at ValleyFair Dental Clinic, and many patients are surprised at all the smile correction solutions we provide.
One popular cosmetic procedure is ‘gummy smile’ treatment or correction. A gummy smile occurs when a large section of gums appear when the patient smiles or laughs. In some cases, there will be more gum area visible than teeth.
Patients complain about their ‘gummy smile’ because they seem to resemble an adolescent, with prominent gums and small teeth. Generally, this smile comes from genetics, which causes the typical gum development to stop early, leaving teeth shorter than they should be.
A gummy smile correction can be treated in a few different ways. First, patients with less severe or moderate gum problems can be treated by lifting the gums and utilizing dental veneers. This “gum-lift”, similar to a face-lift, sculpts the gums to a natural height, allowing veneers to be affixed to the teeth to allow for a beautiful, new smile.
Second, for severe gum disproportion, treatment can include the physical breaking and repositioning of the upper jaw. This can require a healing time of up to two months and the jaw will be wired shut.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Maple Ridge has come a long way in providing smile correction. Patients at ValleyFair Dental Clinic are able to benefit greatly by taking advantage of gummy smile treatment and other cosmetic dentistry solutions.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry in Maple Ridge or to book an appointment, contact the expert team at ValleyFair Dental Clinic.
Emergency situations occur all the time in Maple Ridge, BC. Medical emergencies are typically treated in emergency room facilities at the hospital, but how about emergency dental treatment?
If you have ever experienced a broken or knocked out tooth, you know that treatment is needed IMMEDIATELY. However, if a patient is not covered by dental insurance or cannot see a dentist, often they resort to taking emergency dental measures. It is important to understand what is an important dental emergency, and what can wait for a few hours or days.
Examples of ‘Not as Serious’ Dental Emergencies:
With these problems, you will be able to wait until a time when you can make an appointment with us at ValleyFair Dental Clinic. Take some painkillers in order to experience temporary relief.
Examples of ‘Serious’ Dental Emergencies:
In these cases, emergency dental treatment is required. These injuries may commonly occur in sporting accidents, car crashes, or children and should be taken immediately to an emergency dental facility.
These serious dental emergencies are also the only problems that require a visit to the emergency dental room. Always consider the options available and the gravity of your situation before phoning any local emergency dental clinic.
Contact us today to learn more about what to do in the case of a dental emergency.
With the school year beginning again in Maple Ridge, kids are once again gearing up for sugar-filled lunches and candy bar recess treats. For parents, it may be hard to control what goes into your child’s mouth and what kind of dental damage may occur.
At ValleyFair Dental Clinic we have developed a candy guideline, helping parents make informed decisions when it comes to preparing lunchbox treats for kids’ to enjoy.
Of course, completely eliminating candy from the meal plan is always the ideal way to save yourself and your family the expense and pain of dental cavities. However, if your children just cannot resist a special desert with their mealtime, we have some tactics to help minimize damage to teeth.
(This guide can also be useful for those adults with a sweet tooth!)
The Sweetest Sin
According to Dr. Khozema Chherawala, some of the worst candy for kids to consume is sour candy. The acids that are found in the candy can work to seriously damage your child’s pearly whites by dissolving enamel instantly.
In addition, hard and chewy candies are some of the worst sugar treats for your teeth. The bottom line being: the longer sugary sweets remain in your mouth, the more harmful the effects are to teeth and gums.
Lastly, and most surprisingly, raisins are a key link to causing dental problems. This is due to the fact that raisins are sticky, leading them to get caught in and can be damaging to past dental work such as retainers, fillings, Invisalign, or braces.
The Runners Up
While still not great for your teeth, candy bars are not found to be a leading cause for tooth decay. This is due to the fact that most candy bars are eaten quickly, allowing for less time for sugar to cause acid buildup.
Along with chocolate bars, powder candy is not nearly as bad for your teeth as most people would assume. Similar to chocolate, powdered sugar is typically swallowed quickly, meaning it will not stay in contact with teeth for a long time.
Not surprisingly, the best sweet treat for children and adults alike is sugar-free candy and gum. Products with the ingredient Xylitol can actually prevent cavities by triggering an increase in the production of saliva thus eliminating harmful bacteria.
Contact us today to learn more about preventing cavities and dental disease.
Many families in North America are finding it increasingly difficult to gain access to dental care without proper dental or health care. As the economy continues to worsen, patients in Vancouver and the surrounding municipalities are choosing to skip their regular dental appointments.
In a dramatic wake-up reminder to maintain proper oral health care, a 24 year North American man passed away earlier this week due to an infected tooth. According to ABC, Kyle Willis began noticing a toothache around fourteen days ago. When told that it was necessary for his wisdom tooth to be extracted immediately, he declined the dental work because he did not have a job at the time and lacked health insurance.
When the symptoms worsened and his face began to swell, Willis was taken to the hospital and was given prescriptions for pain medication and antibiotics. He could not pay for both, so Willis opted simply for pain medication.
Without proper dental procedures or medication, Willis’ tooth infection spread–causing his brain to swell. He died Tuesday.
Many dental patients in North America are ignoring the fact that dental disease can lead to serious illness, or even death. In April, a survey was conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation discovering that 33% of people surveyed skipped dental appointments or dental checkups because they were too expensive.
Maintaining a healthy smile is not just purely for cosmetic reasons. Dental diseases are the only cause of death that is easy to find, treat and prevent. With regular dental appointments, oral health exams and routine cleanings, dental patients in North America can live longer lives with beautiful smiles.
For patients that do not have access to dental insurance and can’t afford to go to the dentist, many dental clinics offer payment plans that suit most financial situations. If you are not able to pay for dental care, even with the help of a financial plan, dental patients in Canada can:
In addition, you can escape expensive dentistry procedures by proactively practicing good oral health. Brush, floss and visit your dentist on a regular schedule for dental exams. These routine check-ups may require payment, but they are much cheaper than dealing with serious dental issues that arise from neglect.
To find an affordable and reliable dental clinic near you, visit 123dentist.com’s Quality Dentist Network to find a dentist that will work with your health, lifestyle and financial goals.
It has come across our attention at ValleyFair Dental Clinic that many aging patients are concerned about losing teeth as they grow older. The truth of the matter is that there is no reason for senior citizens to lose their teeth other than because of oral disease.
Your perfect smile can last you a lifetime, if you take proper care of it.
The aging generation is now one of the fastest growing populations in North America. Most dental professionals are seeing that these citizens are keeping their teeth healthy, allowing for a natural smile with no need of dental implants or dentures.
However, a natural smile that lasts a lifetime is only possible with proper oral health care – which typically requires an annual visit to the team at ValleyFair Dental Clinic.
We have found that seniors take longer breaks from visiting the dentist,says Dr. Khozema Chherawala, it seems as if they stop caring because they don’t think their oral hygiene matters anymore.
Proper oral health care is essential for older people for a multitude of reasons. One of which is dry mouth, which slows down the production of saliva. Often seen in elderly patients, dry mouth can be harmful because saliva helps to prevent tooth decay by washing away food particles and eliminating acids. Luckily, a dentist can fix dry mouth.
Senior citizens should also remember to maintain a regiment of daily flossing and brushing with fluoride toothpaste. Elderly people are likely to get cavities where older fillings have broken or where receding gums have left unprotected surfaces.
In addition, for elderly patients to maintain optimal oral health, snacks with sugars and starch should be eliminated.
Keep your smile healthy and complete with proper oral care! Take some time to contact us at ValleyFair Dental Clinic for a check-up and cleaning today.
With teenagers eating an increased amount of fast food and carbonated beverages to keep up with their busy lifestyle, family dental clinics are witnessing a generation inflicting serious damage to their oral and overall health.
A poor diet that consists of sugary treats and fast food can result in premature loss of tooth enamel, resulting in a weaker tooth structure. Due to this, it is especially important that teenagers try to maintain a healthy diet.
One of the leading causes of cavities is from carbonated beverages; which not only result in cavities but also increase obesity in today’s teenager.
The citric, tartaric, carbonic and phosphoric acids that come from pop can often lead to the breakdown of tooth enamel, naturally leading to cavities or tooth decay.
In order to actively prevent cavities from occurring, teenagers and parents need to decrease the amount of sugar-filled pop consumed. In addition, regular checkups and cleanings need to be scheduled at your local family dental clinic to ensure optimal oral health.
Contact ValleyFair Dental Clinic today to book an appointment or to learn more about cavity prevention for teenagers.
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