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Quick Fixes for Dental Emergencies

No one plans for a dental emergency, but it is a good idea to know what to do when the unexpected happens. Even if the problem seems minor now, delaying treatment can lead to bigger problems down the road. Let’s take a look at how to handle common dental emergencies.

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Remedies for Common Dental Emergencies

Broken Braces or Wires

Never cut a wire that breaks or pops out of a bracket. Tiny metal pieces can wreak havoc on your digestive or respiratory systems. Instead, use an eraser to guide the wire to a less harmful position. If all else fails, cover the irritating portion of wire with orthodontic wax, a cotton ball, or gauze and head to the orthodontist as soon as possible.

Missing Filling

If a filling comes out, clean the area and use a piece of orthodontic wax to fill the hole temporarily. There is an over-the-counter dental cement that can be used until you get to the dentist. Take the filling with you if possible.

Missing Crown

Gently clean and dry the tooth and the crown. Use denture adhesive or dental cement to temporarily hold the crown in place. Do not attempt a permanent repair with super glue or you may end up spending more on future repair work.

Objects Stuck Between Teeth

Try brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled brush and then use floss or dental picks to gently dislodge the object. Never use items like paper clips or pins since they can damage gums and enamel.

Knocked Out Tooth

  1. Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown, not the roots.
  2. If it is dirty, rinse with salt water or milk. Do not rub to clean or you risk damaging attached tissue fragments.
  3. Gently reinsert the tooth into the socket and gently bite down on a gauze pad on your way to the dentist. If reinsertion is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or a cup of water with a pinch of salt. If it is an older child or an adult who can hold the tooth in their mouth, that is an option if nothing else is available. Getting to the dentist within an hour is imperative to saving a tooth that has been knocked out.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

Rinse your mouth with warm water. Save and rinse any broken pieces to take to the dentist. Apply gauze if there is bleeding in the mouth. Use a cold compress to reduce swelling and pain from the outside. If the break has exposed nerves, you will want to visit the dentist as soon as possible.

Scorched Palate

Hot coffee and fresh pizza are great… until they are not. A scorched palate runs the risk of infection, so you should consider using a corticosteroid gel that is safe for oral use to protect the mucous membrane.

Soft Tissue Injuries

Begin by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Apply pressure to any bleeding areas with moist gauze or a tea bag until the bleeding stops. Use a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling. If bleeding does not stop within 15-20 minutes, get to the dentist or emergency room as quickly as possible.

Book an Emergency Dentist Appointment

The Abbotsford dentists at Clayburn Dental are here to help preserve and protect your teeth and gums. Dental emergencies rarely happen at convenient times. Knowing what to do can help prevent infection or even save a tooth. If you are in need of an emergency dentist, give us a call at 604-582-8487.

By : Clayburn Dental/August 21, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on Quick Fixes for Dental EmergenciesRead More

Dental Care Tips for Seniors

Dental Care Checklist for Seniors

Aging affects many parts of our bodies, including the mouth and teeth. Be proactive by taking steps to maintain your oral health.

  1. Quit smoking and chewing tobacco. Tobacco, regardless of how it is used, increases the chances of getting mouth and throat cancer. Many chewing tobaccos contain sugar, so they can also cause decay.
  2. Increase oral hydration. If you must be on a medication that causes dry mouth, take steps to ensure comfort and protect your teeth. Drink water, chew sugar-free gum with Xylitol and steer clear of alcohol.
  3. Use an antibacterial mouthwash with fluoride. Pack an extra punch in your regular dental hygiene routine to help reduce plaque build-up.
  4. Use an electric toothbrush. Brushing is not only easier for people with mobility issues or arthritis, but it can be fun.
  5. Visit the team at Clayburn Dental for regular check-ups and cleanings.

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Oral Hygiene Tips for Seniors

Natural teeth should be brushed at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Seniors should floss at least once a day to help prevent plaque build-up between the teeth and gums. Dental flossers that come pre-threaded are convenient and easier to use than regular floss. Oral hygiene is especially important for seniors because less enamel means decay can go from being minor to serious in a short period of time. Once teeth are clean, rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash that contains fluoride.

What to Watch Out for as You Age

  • Thinning enamel allows dentin to show through. This makes teeth appear yellow or stained.
  • Inflammation of gums due to dentures. Whether the dentures fit poorly or dental hygiene habits are lacking, denture-induced stomatitis is often the result.
  • Dry mouth is often the result of taking certain medications. Anything that reduces saliva flow exacerbates dry mouth. Cancer treatment, radiation to the head or neck, and diseases like Sjögren’s syndrome are culprits.
  • Root decay becomes more common as gum tissues recede. Enamel provides a layer of protection to the crown of the teeth, but the roots do not have enamel. This leaves the roots more prone to decay than the crown.
  • Gum disease is generally caused by plaque build-up between the teeth and gums. Poor oral hygiene is usually the cause, but tobacco, poor diets, and certain diseases can make gum disease worse over time. Ill-fitting bridges and dentures can also result in gum disease.
  • Tooth and bone loss are often the result of untreated gum disease.
  • Misaligned teeth in a formerly aligned mouth can happen when a tooth is removed without adding a replacement. Even permanent teeth will shift into open spaces.
  • Thrush is an overgrowth of Candida Albicans. When the immune system is impacted by certain drugs or diseases, this overgrowth can occur.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford Loves Taking Care of Seniors

Because of advances in dental research and product availability, people maintain their natural teeth longer than ever before. It is important to visit your Abbotsford dentist for check-ups and cleanings, even if you wear full dentures. Age can bring some unpleasant dental side effects, so be sure to keep regular dental appointments so you can tackle any age-related issues head-on. Keep in mind Clayburn Dental offers restorative dentistry, including dentures that are suitable for older adults and seniors. Give us a call at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to help keep your smile healthy.

By : Clayburn Dental/August 10, 2017/Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on Dental Care Tips for SeniorsRead More

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

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Who knew the toothbrush aisle could be so confusing? Picking out a toothbrush can be tricky with all of the choices on the market today. Special brushes for orthodontics or dentures are thrown in with others that boast of teeth whitening or deep cleaning powers. All of the available features can make your head spin. The team at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, BC is happy to help patients decide which type of toothbrush will be most beneficial for their individual needs.

Is Softer Really Better?

One might think harder bristles will clean teeth better, but unfortunately, the minimal benefits derived from stiffer bristles do not outweigh potential damage. Hard bristles wear enamel down quicker and contribute to gum recession. Soft bristles remove plaque effectively during brushing by following proper brushing protocol. Plus, your gums will thank you for taking it easy on them with softer bristles. It is especially important for children to use soft or extra soft bristles because there is definitely a learning curve involved in acquiring proper brushing technique.

Electric vs. Manual

Electric toothbrushes used to be out of reach for many people. Now, the sheer number of affordable choices can be overwhelming. Some electronic brushes clean by rotating, some use pulse, while others feature sonic cleaning. Regardless of exact method, electric brushes clean better with less effort. This can be especially helpful for the elderly, children, and anyone who struggles with the physical task of brushing teeth. To top it off, electronic toothbrushes are fun to use.

Manual toothbrushes require more physical exertion to do the same job as electronic brushes. Bright colors and fancy designs are abundant and can make manual brushes more appealing to children. However, if you have arthritis, you may want to go with a non-slip surface that fits comfortably in your hand. With a manual brush, you will need to spend a full two minutes brushing, taking care to brush any tight spaces thoroughly.

What About Toothbrush Head Size?

Think about what it takes to clean between the keys on a keyboard. Smaller toothbrush heads allow people to reach those hard to reach places between teeth and in the back of your mouth. It is easier to angle smaller toothbrush heads for improved accuracy and precision.

Larger toothbrush heads may only get the outermost surface of the teeth, leaving germs behind. Each mouth is different, so for some people, a large toothbrush head may be appropriate. It is important to use brushes designed for children to accommodate their smaller mouths. If you are unsure of the right size, talk to your Abbotsford dentist about your needs.

How Often Should I Replace My Brush?

Whether you choose manual or electric, you will need to replace your brush or brush head every 1-3 months. Bristles begin to breakdown and germs tend to build up. If you or your child has had strep throat or been sick, you will want to replace your brush once you have recovered.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford Loves Talking About Toothbrushes

The Abbotsford dentists at Clayburn Dental can provide tips on toothbrush selection so that you will end up with the cleanest, healthiest teeth on the block. Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/July 26, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on Choosing the Right ToothbrushRead More

Free Day of Dentistry – September 15, 2017

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Clayburn Dental’s 4th Annual
Free Day of Dentistry

Friday, September 15, 2017 8:00AM – 5:00PM

400 – 3033 Immel St. in Abbotsford, BC

Don’t miss our annual Dentistry from the Heart® event – the day when we give back to the community that has been so wonderful to us!

The first 75 patients are guaranteed to be seen. Patients are seen on a first come first serve basis. A choice of a filling, extraction or cleaning will be performed for those 18 years or older. Patients are encouraged to arrive early, dress appropriately for the weather and bring chairs, blankets, water and snacks as they may be waiting outside to be seen.

Be sure to arrive early – registration starts at 7:30AM!

For more information, please contact us at 604-755-1145.

By : Clayburn Dental/July 14, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Community/Comments Off on Free Day of Dentistry – September 15, 2017Read More

Perfect Your Smile with Veneers

veneers - abbotsford dentist - clayburn dentalOne of the first things people often notice about others is their smile. Knowing this, many people with less than perfect teeth avoid smiling in social situations, and their confidence takes a hit. Porcelain veneers may be just what is needed to bring that smile out of hiding.

What are Veneers?

Your Abbotsford dentists improve one smile at a time, thanks to porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin porcelain shells that are permanently bonded to the front of individual teeth. Residents of Abbotsford, BC can discover the power of a confident smile in as little as two visits to Clayburn Dental.

What Issues Will Veneers Fix?

Whether the need for veneers is due to injury, decay, or discoloration, once the veneer is bonded to the tooth, all evidence of damage is concealed. Let’s look at several issues veneers can fix.

  • Worn down teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Discoloration
  • Gaps
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Craters or bulges

Benefits Associated with Porcelain Veneers

  • Less of the healthy tooth structure is removed than with crowns.
  • Veneers are stain resistant.
  • They are made to match natural teeth.
  • Porcelain veneers may last for up to 15 years with proper care.

What to Expect During the Procedure

A consultation with your Abbotsford dentist will determine if veneers are ideal for you. Radiographs provide dentists with an overall picture of your oral health. Underlying conditions like gum disease and tooth decay must be addressed before treatment begins.

Once the initial exam is complete, approximately 1/2 mm of enamel is buffed away, and the tooth is shaped to ensure a proper fit. Most patients tolerate buffing with no anesthesia, but it is available if needed. An impression is made and used to create both a temporary veneer and the permanent porcelain version. Temporary veneers give patients a sneak-peek at how the final product will look.

Temporary veneers are removed, and teeth are cleaned, polished, and etched to achieve a durable bond. The permanent veneer will be placed on the tooth to check fit and color. Tiny corrections can be made on-site to ensure the fit is perfect. Bonding cement holds the veneer in place, and a special light beam hardens and sets the bond.

The Importance of Cleaning and Maintaining Porcelain Veneers

Since veneers simply cover natural teeth, proper care is required to prevent decay. Once veneers are set, they cannot be reversed. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily helps prevent future problems. If you grind or clench your teeth, you will need to discuss the use of a night guard to prevent damage to the veneers. Immediately following treatment, you may experience heat and cold sensitivity, but it generally decreases with time. Should one of your veneers break or chip, give the team at Clayburn Dental a call to set up an appointment right away to minimize further damage and discuss options.

Why Choose Clayburn Dental as Your Abbotsford Dentist?

At Clayburn Dental, our dentists have the experience and skills to help you decide if veneers are right for you. Contact the Clayburn Dental office at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to begin creating your perfect smile.

By : Clayburn Dental/July 12, 2017/Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist/Comments Off on Perfect Your Smile with VeneersRead More

How to Take Care of Your Dentures

When you’ve got missing teeth, it can make you feel self-conscious about everything from eating to speaking. Missing teeth can also have a negative impact on the appearance, leaving gaps in the smile or leading to a sunken look in the cheeks. Dentures can give you a fresh new start on a healthy and functional smile, but if you’re new to dentures you may not be sure about how to properly care for them yet. Here are a few key denture care tips from the Clayburn Dental team.

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Cleaning Your Dentures

Dentures need proper care, just like natural teeth do. It’s usually recommended that dentures are removed overnight. They can be soaked in a special denture solution or in a glass of water to keep them moist. Never use hot water to soak or clean dentures, as this can cause warping. If dentures dry out, they can shrink and crack, requiring major repair.

Brushing dentures regularly is also recommended. The dentists at Clayburn Dental may recommend a toothpaste designed especially for dentures. There are also ultrasonic cleaners that can provide a regular deep cleaning for the dentures, but they don’t replace proper daily brushing. While you’re brushing the dentures, don’t forget to care for your teeth and gums. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently and thoroughly clean all surfaces in the mouth prior to inserting the dentures each morning.

Denture Care Tips and Tricks

There are several important denture care tips and tricks that can ease your transition into wearing dentures. They include:

  • Take your dentures out after each meal. Simply run them under cool water to loosen and remove food debris.
  • Handle dentures with care, holding them lightly but firmly. Too much pressure can cause damage to the plastic or clasps.
  • Rinse your dentures before placing them back in your mouth every morning. Denture solutions can cause damage to the delicate tissues in the mouth, so it’s best to avoid direct contact.
  • Keep up with your regular checkups. Regular dental checkups are the ideal time for the dentist to check on denture fit and make adjustments to the dentures if needed.
  • If you notice a loose fit or your dentures feel uncomfortable, call Clayburn Dental right away. Our dentists can correct denture fit to improve your comfort and make them easier to wear.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford Can Help With All Types of Dentures

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, BC, our dentists have the knowledge and experience needed to help you get the most from your dentures.  The Clayburn Dental team is ready to help with regular follow-up appointments and adjustments to the dentures to improve comfort level. Contact the Clayburn Dental office at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online anytime to find out more about denture care.

By : Clayburn Dental/July 05, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Take Care of Your DenturesRead More

Meet the Team: Andrea Dwernychuk

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Dr. Andrea Dwernychuk is part of our dentist team at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford.

As a dentist, Dr. Dwernychuk’s daily tasks include creating treatment plans to maintain or restore our patients’ oral health, monitoring the growth and development of teeth and jaws, diagnosing oral diseases and more.

She is always striving for the best in patient care and comfort.

Let’s see how Andrea answered our staff survey!

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“On the beach or at a cozy cabin in the mountains.”

What are your hobbies?

“Sports – volleyball, basketball, skiing, hiking. Travelling, meeting people, seeing and experiencing new things, staying in shape.”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Too many faves! Sushi, ramen, Mexican, pho, to name a few.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“I enjoy the team work and the discussion and mentorship from other dentists.”


Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/June 26, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Andrea DwernychukRead More

How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

Stress happens in everyone’s life, and it can often cause side effects like teeth grinding, heart problems, and other issues. Teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, can cause severe issues including the loss of teeth, over time. However, it’s possible to avoid teeth grinding and its consequences if you’re mindful of the problem and seek help promptly. Read on to learn more about teeth grinding and to get a few tips to help you avoid it.

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The Signs of Teeth Grinding

Many people don’t even realize that they grind their teeth because they assume symptoms are caused by other medical issues. The signs of teeth grinding include:

  • Damage to the teeth: This can include worn enamel, cracked teeth, and chipped teeth
  • Chronic headaches: Sudden headaches that tend to happen daily or near-daily
  • Chronic earaches: Sudden earaches that tend to happen daily or near-daily
  • Sore jaw: Persistent jaw pain
  • Teeth sensitivity: Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages, pain while biting down, or pain while chewing

Teeth Grinding Triggers — And Their Solutions

Trying to determine the triggers of teeth grinding is important. In many situations, finding the reason behind the teeth grinding allows for efficient resolution. Here are some common triggers and their solutions.

  • Stress Reduction: Stress is the most common cause of teeth grinding. There are a variety of effective solutions for stress. These can include exercise, special relaxation techniques, and medication.
  • Reduce Stimulant and Depressant Intake: Reducing both stimulants and depressants like caffeine and alcohol can help you avoid teeth grinding.
  • Alleviate Tension: Tension in the jaw can result in teeth grinding during the night. Before bed, apply a warm compress to the jaw just in front of the ears. Add in a gentle jaw massage for even better results.
  • Custom Mouthguard: The Clayburn Dental dentists can create custom mouthguards for teeth grinding patients. The mouthguard can hold the teeth in place, allowing cushioning and protection to prevent grinding during the night. Mouthguards are comfortable and easy to wear. They fit perfectly because they’re made based upon a custom mold of your mouth.

Effective Teeth Grinding Solutions at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, BC, our dentists have the experience and skills that can help you beat teeth grinding. Contact the Clayburn Dental office at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online anytime to find out whether a custom mouthguard is the right solution for you.

By : Clayburn Dental/June 20, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Prevent Teeth GrindingRead More

Meet the Team: Brianne Hebert

Brianne is a Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) at Clayburn Dental. She supports us with exceptional dental care delivery by preparing the treatment room, patient and instruments and working chair-side with our dentists as they examine and treat patients.

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Let’s learn more about Brianne!

Who is your hero and why?

“My mom, because she always has a positive outlook on everything, and always has an answer to my questions.”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Pasta.”

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

“Hawaii, because I would never need to shovel snow again!”

What celebrity would you like to meet at a coffee shop? What would you ask them?

“Ryan Reynolds, I would ask him for a hug and a picture to keep on my side table.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“I look forward to the amazing patients that come into Clayburn and being able to interact with them all. Also I love that everyone at Clayburn works as a team – if you need help with anything, it is there for you.”


Clayburn Dental’s Meet the Team blog series aims to introduce our community to the incredible staff that work at our dental clinic in Abbotsford.

By : Clayburn Dental/June 15, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Brianne HebertRead More

How to Prepare for Your First Day in Braces

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For many people, braces are a part of growing up (and for others, part of adult life, too!). At any given time, almost one million Canadians are wearing braces. Braces are one of many important tools for proper orthodontic care and dental hygiene. They help to straighten teeth for aesthetic reasons or to reverse overbites/underbites, and to prevent oral health complications later in life.

Many orthodontic patients at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford who are considering braces or are about to get them wonder what braces are like. Will braces hurt? How do I take care of my braces? What kinds of things should I prepare to do on day one?

Thankfully, the Abbotsford dental professionals at Clayburn Dental not only provide dental care, but we also offer full-service orthodontic care to install and treat your braces. We can help you prepare for your first day of braces so you can hit the ground running towards a healthy smile and proper care of your braces.

What is it Like to Get Braces?

When you visit your orthodontist in Abbotsford at Clayburn Dental to have your braces applied, the first thing to know is that the procedure is non-invasive and therefore mostly painless. You will not require any pain medication during the procedure and it’s as convenient as a regular dental check-up appointment.

The brackets of the braces are bonded to your teeth with specialized bonding cement, and then the arch wires are attached to each bracket. Some patients experience a mild discomfort as the wires are attached, as this is the very first time you will feel the pressure that the wires are designed to provide. However, the discomfort generally goes away quickly, if not within a few days, and a vast majority of patients begin not to notice the feeling as they gradually get used to it.

What to Expect on Your First Day With Braces

Once your Abbotsford orthodontist has placed your braces on your teeth, there are a few things to expect and things you should do to make sure that your braces are applied properly, to optimize your teeth’s response to the treatment and to minimize mild soreness.

Your braces will feel awkward on your first day because you’re not used to them. Your inner lips might become irritated as they rub up against the braces, and you might be attempted to “tongue” your braces a lot. These are completely natural reactions, and in time, your braces will start to feel like a natural part of your mouth.

After your braces are applied, using your fingers and your tongue, ensure that any wires aren’t sticking out and extending into areas where they could poke against your inner cheeks or on your tongue.

Make sure you have an adequate supply of dental wax and that you know how to apply the material to help reduce the irritation against your inner lips and inside your mouth. Go home and start practicing how to clean your braces with special interdental cleaners. It’s never too early to get in the habit of a cleaning routine to take proper care of your braces.

Expert Orthodontic Care at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, our orthodontists can help you adjust to your new braces and provide professional advice and materials so you can start taking care of your braces right away. Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/May 29, 2017/Abbotsford Orthodontist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Prepare for Your First Day in BracesRead More
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