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Many of our patients have many questions about wisdom teeth and wisdom teeth removal so for your convenience ValleyFair Dental Clinic has put together a blog post that covers the facts about wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth are the last to erupt in your mouth and usually this occurs between the late teens and early twenties. This youthful time of life has been referred to as the ‘Age of Wisdom’ hence the name of this particular molar.
Anthropologists speculate that our early ancestors rough diet caused an enormous amount of wear of their teeth. Their teeth then drifted to compensate for the wear, making space for wisdom teeth to come in during adolescence.
In modern times our diet is significantly softer, along with the orthodontic tooth straightening popularity have developed a fuller dental arch, leaving no room for wisdom teeth to come in. This creates problems when the wisdom teeth erupt in the mouth.
Impacted wisdom teeth are very painful and lead to infection, in addition they may damage adjacent teeth and roots. Despite the serious concern with regard to impacted wisdom teeth the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Foundation as well as the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons confirm that wisdom teeth that are impacted are just as prone to disease as wisdom teeth that erupted in the mouth in an upright, normal position.
The question is often asked, If my wisdom teeth don’t hurt, why must I get them removed? The fact is not all problems caused by wisdom teeth are painful or visible. Whether you are aware of it or not, your wisdom teeth can cause serious damage.
The roots of your wisdom teeth become longer as they grow, making the wisdom teeth very complicated to remove. We can’t foresee what problems will occur as you age with your wisdom teeth in tact, however we do know it can be extremely painful, as well as more complicated to treat as you get older.
Our sedation dentistry makes procedures like wisdom teeth removal a comfortable and relaxing experience for all our patients who require it, especially those who suffer from dental anxiety.
Contact our Maple Ridge dental clinic to book your wisdom teeth removal appointment today.
If you’re pregnant or planning on having a baby in the near future it is very important to visit ValleyFair Dental Clinic, so we can partner with you to ensure a healthy and worry-free pregnancy. Put simply, healthy moms make healthy babies and excellent oral health is a key aspect of optimal overall health.
Minimizing exposure to X-rays and anaesthesia just makes sense for expectant moms – we’ll work with you to ensure that any outstanding dental X-rays and dental treatments are completed prior to pregnancy so that you don’t have to factor in appointments or dental emergencies.
Preventative dentistry visits can also provide a health benefit prior to and throughout your pregnancy. Research indicates that over 40% of women within reproductive age have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is a bacterial infection that saps your vitality and the ability of your body to care and nurture for your growing baby. What is more, studies reveal that there is close correlation between pre-term births, low birth weights and gum disease!
Maintaining excellent oral health is also important for new moms – routine cleanings reduce the risk of passing on harmful oral bacteria to your new born through saliva exchange from kissing or testing baby’s food. Oral bacteria can cause harm even before your baby’s teeth break through the gums.
At ValleyFair Dental Clinic we celebrate our patients’ lives and seek to support families at every stage – providing educational information and proactively managing oral health for expectant and new mothers is just one way we show our commitment!
If you are pregnant or planning on having a baby in the near future, allow us to help protect you and your baby from the dangers of oral bacteria and gum disease. Contact us to book a personalized hygiene program today!
Summer days means lazy afternoons by the pool and busy evenings at sporting events, concerts or on the road traveling with the family. Concession
stands and snack bars tempt us with a variety of sweets and sugar-filled soda and juices, so parents must create strategies that will protect your children’s dental health and counteract tooth decay!
Here are five easy-to-follow summer tips that will help protect your child’s teeth from decay:
Nothing beats H20. 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.
Be 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… Are they full of sugar? Stay away from beverages loaded with sugar and acid.
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!
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.
Protect your kids’ teeth with protein! Dietary Protein works remarkably well as a guard against acid, so feeding your kids nuts, cheese, 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.
In addition to the above tips it’s important to maintain oral health habits like daily brushing and flossing throughout your summer vacation. It’s easy to get off track when away from home or when your children are off their usual schedule.
Summer is also a great time to bring your children to ValleyFair Dental. It won’t be long before back to school season begins, so take advantage of your child’s free time to book a routine dental checkup and examination.
Call us today to book an end of summer appointment for your kids – you’ll be glad you did!
Do your gums often get red, swollen, and tender or do they bleed easily? Have your gums pulled away from your teeth at all? Are your teeth loose or separating? Do you suffer from chronic bad breath (halitosis) or a bad taste in your mouth? Have you experienced any changes in your bite?
If your answer was yes to any of these questions you may have gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.
Gum disease is essentially an infection of the teeth’s supporting tissues. Gum disease targets the area just below the gum line, where it can break down the attachment between the tooth and its supporting tissues. As the tissues are damaged, pockets are created where bacteria can thrive and impact your oral health.
Did you know it’s possible to have gum disease without any symptoms or warning signs? Gum disease has two main stages known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the less severe and reversible form of gum disease, which affects the gums only. If Gingivitis is neither identified nor reversed it will likely lead to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease which in turn affects your overall health.
The dental experts at ValleyFair Dental assess the health of your teeth and gums at every appointment, checking for the signs of gum disease and performing professional cleaning to ensure that pockets of bacteria and plaque don’t build up in your mouth. Your hygiene professional will provide personalized guidance on how often you should visit to prevent gum disease or what is required to get rid of active infection. They will also instruct you on how best to care for your teeth between visits.
Contact ValleyFair Dental Clinic to book your preventative dentistry appointment today, and we will work with you to ensure that your smile is healthy and your energy levels high to support your active lifestyle.
We are pleased to announce that ValleyFair Dental has been chosen for membership in 123Dentist.com’s Local Dentist Network!
Finding the right dentist used to be hit or miss. 123Dentist.com changes that. The 123Dentist.com website is a fast and convenient service that helps consumers find an expert dentist in their neighbourhood who stands for superior results and who is committed to putting patients first. The 123Dentist.com website search engine is an innovative and easy tool connecting BC residents to a directory of world-class dentists – whether one is looking for a general dentist, a cosmetic dentist, or even for a dentist who provides a particular solution such as Sedation Dentistry, Laser Dentistry, or Invisalign invisible braces – 123Dentist.com provides a list of local dental experts who can be trusted to deliver results.
The 123 Dentist Network also chooses practices that are modern and comfortable in order to create a soothing and relaxing patient experience.
To ‘make the grade’, a member of 123Dentist.com’s 123 Dentist Network must be more than skilled and certified. He or she must also be 100% committed to excellence, patient care, and professionalism. That way when patients use 123Dentist.com to find the ideal local dentist – they know they’re getting the very best.
ValleyFair Dental were elected and pre-screened, meeting a set of high standards that cover everything from skill to attitude. We were also chosen to be a part of the 123 Dentist Network because we offer the latest solutions in the dental industry and we invest the time it takes to make sure our patients are comfortable, confident, informed and empowered.
Being a part of 123Dentist.com’s Dentist Network is an excellent way for ValleyFair Dental to reach out to our Maple Ridge, BC community and make our presence known to patients who are new to the neighbourhood, seeking the latest in dentistry, or wanting a better dental experience.
Contact us to book an appointment and learn first hand what sets us apart from the rest!
Do you find you avoid smiling, or are embarrassed to show your teeth due to damage or severe discolouration? Do you wish you could have a Hollywood smile makeover that will give you the confidence to achieve your full potential?
If you answered yes, then Dental Veneers might be the right cosmetic dentistry solution for you!
Dental Veneers are extremely thin custom-shaped shells made of ceramic, porcelain or a composite material that can be bonded to your existing teeth to quickly and flawlessly eliminate imperfections. Veneers allow us to completely remodel the shape and style of your smile – we can brighten your teeth and cover discolourations, cracks, or uneven spacing in only a few appointments.
Our cosmetic dentistry experts have years of experience with Dental Veneers and the artistic ability to match your aspirations. At ValleyFair Dental Clinic in Maple Ridge, BC we’ll take the time to discuss your needs and desires, and our artisan dentists will work with our expert dental labs to develop a set of custom Dental Veneers with the size, shape, and colour that provide a natural look that complements your facial structure.
Patients receiving Dental Veneers will often tell us that they wished they had asked for them sooner – the burden of portraying unattractive defects or damage due to staining or injury is considerable and hard to put into words. We understand, and are ready to give you the powerful lift and confidence boost that a beautiful natural smile brings.
Contact us today if you want to unlock your smile potential and think veneers might be the right cosmetic dentistry solution for you!
Is there a connection between the two diseases? Yes. Recent studies conducted by the American Diabetes Association have proven that diabetes and gum disease are linked.
Diabetics not only have the problem of everyday blood glucose monitoring and maintaining; they are more prone to gum disease and oral health complications. With the serious disease of diabetes, numerous other complications can occur such as a low immune system and oral health complications such as gingivitis. Diabetics do not have as much fighting power within their immune system as healthy people and this makes them vulnerable to a variety of problems.
Diabetes and gum disease are connected because when blood glucose levels become unstable the teeth cannot remain strong. This can cause a diabetic to lose teeth throughout their lifetime. The risk of serious gum disease is higher when a diabetics blood sugar level becomes unbalanced. New research and studies performed indicate that if we focus on maintaining our oral health, we can maintain or improve our general health. An unhealthy set of teeth can lead to numerous problems and health conditions. Gum disease can seriously affect a diabetic because it can increase blood glucose levels so high that it may be more and more difficult to maintain on a daily basis.
If you are suffering from diabetes, you must take good care of your gums. By brushing your teeth two to three times daily after meals, flossing, booking routine dental cleanings, controlling glucose levels and using mouthwash, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting gum disease. It is also important to observe your teeth and gums daily to see if any teeth are loose and if any gums are bleeding as this has been a sign of individuals dealing with diabetes and gum disease.
We at ValleyFair Dental Clinic understand how diabetes and gum disease can deeply affect your life and quality of living. We remain educated and updated on the most recent dental studies, confirmed healthcare reports and offer state-of-the-art technology and treatments. It is our job to keep your teeth and gums healthy and we commit ourselves to providing optimal oral health and hygiene in all of our patients.
Summer is in full swing and it’s wedding season! Are you a bride, groom, or a member of the wedding party? Then chances are you are going to want to look incredible on that special day and nothing can complete that polished look like a sparkling white smile care of your experts at ValleyFair Dental Clinic.
Many of the beverages we all enjoy like coffee, tea, and red wine as well as foods like strawberries and cherries stain your teeth over time and leave your smile appearing discoloured and lackluster. Our professional in office teeth whitening solutions are the fastest, most effective way to brighten your smile in time for that upcoming wedding.
Whitening is the trendy new activity for members of the bridal party to do together along with the traditional manicures, hair, make up, and dress shopping! Everyone wants to make his or her smile ‘pop’ for the special day with healthy and natural radiance.
Is your son, daughter, brother or sister getting married and you want to look great in all the family photos that will be passed on for generations?
ValleyFair Dental’s professional in office whitening solutions can dramatically whiten your smile in less than an hour!
Most of us are receiving a handful of wedding invitations in the mail this time of year. When you see your old friends, colleagues and family members at that upcoming wedding reception we can help you make a terrific and lasting impression.
Contact us to book an appointment with one of our expert dentists and we’ll give you the white bright smile that communicates confidence and success!
We’re always looking for new ways to expand our avenues of communication with patients.
That’s why we created an official Facebook page for our practice! Our Facebook page makes it easy for you to reach us on the go and stay current with practice information.
We make digital communications and social media a priority because we understand that most of our patients are busy juggling career and family. We believe communication is fundamental to building lifelong relationships with our patients and consider oral health education part of our responsibility as your health partners. Our website, blog and official Facebook page display our commitment to reaching out and keeping you educated about your family’s oral health and smile potential.
At ValleyFair Dental, we will do everything possible to keep you in the loop with regard to dental education, promotions, events, new services, and more.
Please take a moment to go to the ValleyFair Dental page on Facebook to “like” us and feel free to share with your family, friends, and colleagues!
The American Diabetes Association recently announced that studies have identified and confirmed a direct correlation between diabetes and gum disease. Not only are diabetics more prone to gum disease, but oral health problems such as gingivitis can also affect blood glucose stability, leading to the advancement of diabetes.
Our experts at ValleyFair Dental share a passion for staying at the forefront of the healthcare field as the industry evolves in knowledge, treatments and technology. New research has confirmed that excellent oral health is integral to the maintenance of excellent whole body health. Evidently, this link is vital to our patients who are diabetic.
Diabetes and unstable blood glucose levels increase your risk of developing serious gum disease and losing teeth. Furthermore, recent and potentially groundbreaking studies have found that gum disease can contribute to a rise in blood sugar and thus make diabetes harder to control.
If you suffer from a diabetic condition, you can effectively increase your chances of related complications by neglecting to care for your teeth and gums. The most important ways for our diabetic patients to maintain optimal oral health include: 1) Controlling glucose levels, 2) Visiting ValleyFair Dental Clinic every six months for your professional cleaning, 3) Keeping us aware of how you are managing your diabetes, 4) Brushing your teeth at least twice daily after meals, flossing daily, and using mouthwash, 5) Quitting smoking, 6) Becoming more aware of warning signs such as receding, tender or bleeding gums, and loose teeth.
ValleyFair Dental team are concerned with every aspect of our patients’ health, and would like to partner with you to restore and revitalize your overall heath. If you have diabetes, speak to one of our team members about how we can best protect your oral health.
Happy Holidays! Please note that our office will be closed on the following days: