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Meet the Team: Sylvie Larabie

Sylvie Larabie CDA - clayburn dental abbotsford dentistSylvie is our Orthodontic Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) at Clayburn Dental. She perform many tasks at our clinic, ranging from patient care, taking x-rays to assisting the orthodontist during a variety of treatment procedures.

Let’s see how Sylvia answered our staff survey!

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

“On a lake. Even Cultus Lake!”

Who is your hero and why?

“My grandparents, never met anyone like ‘em!”

What are your hobbies?

“Watching hockey, walking my dog, playing in the snow, getting my nails done.”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Steak Oscar.”

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

“Jennifer Aniston. I’d ask her what her beauty regime is and what it was like being married to Brad Pitt.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I’m a grandma to two adorable grandchildren!”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“Building relationships and rapport with patients, especially if they are nervous. Working with Dr. Mavi, the Orthodontic team and everyone at Clayburn – a great group to work with!”

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/May 23, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Sylvie LarabieRead More

How to Treat and Prevent Gingivitis

how to treat gingivitis - clayburn dentalGingivitis is a term that you often hear discussed in dental offices and on commercials for toothpaste and mouthwash all the time. But what exactly is it?

Gingivitis is often painless in its early stages, when the symptoms are also mild, so many people don’t know if they have gingivitis or understand exactly what the dangers of gingivitis are. And many others wonder if there is a cure for gingivitis.

Strictly speaking, gingivitis is a non-destructive disease that is entirely preventable, so it doesn’t have a cure in the same way that other kinds of diseases have cures. However, even if your dentist does diagnose you with gingivitis, it is treatable and reversible, so with good dental hygiene and tips and advice from your Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental, you can restore a perfect smile in just a few short weeks.

What Is Gingivitis and What Causes Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an oral disease characterized by inflammation of the gums around your teeth. The term “gingivitis” is usually reserved for the mild form of the disease; however, if left untreated, it can worsen and progress to the more serious form known as periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more severe and damaging version of gingivitis—it can cause tissue destruction of your gums, the bones near your teeth to weaken, and possibly even tooth loss.

The most common cause of gingivitis is a build-up of plaque. Plaque is the soft, white bacteria that accumulates around your teeth from food and drinks, usually as a result of over-consuming sugary products or not brushing and flossing your teeth regularly enough.

Because gingivitis is difficult to detect in its early stages and it can sometimes even occur to patients who visit their dentist often and brush their teeth daily, many people wrongly assume they are immune to gingivitis. But the fact is that gingivitis affects millions of Canadians, and it is one of the most common oral diseases affecting dental patients, so anybody can be inflicted with gingivitis.

How to Prevent Gingivitis

The best and easiest way to get rid of gingivitis is to establish a routine for your dental hygiene and stick with it. Brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily are the hallmarks of any strong dental hygiene routine.

However, if you’re still worried about lingering plaque, consider using mouthwash after brushing and flossing for an extra clean. Look for mouthwash that is either alcohol-free or contains fluoride, or ideally both, for maximum efficacy.

Of course, also visit your dentist approximately every six months for a deep cleaning and the opportunity for early professional detection of gingivitis before it becomes a serious concern.

How to Treat Gingivitis

If you or your dentist notice any early signs of gingivitis, such as inflamed gums or lots of plaque in your mouth, make sure you fully commit to your dental hygiene routine and don’t take any cheat days. In most cases, brushing and flossing is the best treatment as it can reverse early gingivitis within a couple of weeks.

However, if plaque isn’t adequately removed from between your teeth, it can harden into a substance called tartar, which causes further inflammation, infection and can lead to periodontitis. Be sure to visit your dentist to be advised on next steps and best practices, as tartar is difficult to remove with brushing and flossing alone.

Visit Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford to Cure Your Gingivitis

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, our dentists and dental hygienists can help diagnose and treat gingivitis and periodontitis so you can have a healthy and beautiful smile. Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/May 16, 2017/Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Treat and Prevent GingivitisRead More

How to Clean Your Tongue Properly

how to clean your tongue - clayburn dentalYour tongue is the epicentre of your mouth. Not only does it allow you to eat and speak, but it’s also the gateway towards strong oral health.

Think of how large your tongue is. It reaches all the way to your teeth in its natural resting position and goes as far back as the top of your throat, where it’s anchored into the base of your hyoid bone. With so much surface area, your tongue has the potential to harbour a lot of bacteria. Cleaning your tongue is an important step towards a hygienic mouth and a sparkling smile.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford is here to help you have the healthiest mouth possible, and we want to encourage you to not forget about your tongue when you’re in front of the mirror brushing your teeth. Read our tips and instructions below for a stronger mouth so your next dental check-up goes off without a hitch!

Why Do I Need to Clean My Tongue?

How does your tongue collect bacteria? Your tongue’s surface is covered by tiny bumps called papillae, so the grooves in between these bumps are a perfect breeding ground for bacteria microbes.

As such, bacteria builds up on your tongue just as it does along your teeth and gums. In fact, on average, approximately 80% of the bacteria in your mouth lives on your tongue. That’s a lot of bacteria, considering there are anywhere between 500-650 different species of bacteria in your mouth, accounting for over 100 billion microbes of bacteria over the course of a day.

Cleaning Your Tongue to Avoid Bad Breath and Gingivitis

A backlog of bacteria in your mouth causes a host of different problems, including halitosis, the medical term for bad breath, and gingivitis, inflammation of the gums due to plaque.

So if you brush your teeth twice a day and take good care of your oral health in general, you might notice that your breath still occasionally turns people the wrong way. A dirty tongue could be to blame!

Ways to Clean Your Tongue

There are two main ways to clean your tongue: brushing and scraping.

Brush Your Tongue

Using your toothbrush is the most convenient tool for cleaning your tongue. After you have finished brushing your teeth, simply take your toothbrush covered in a small touch of toothpaste and gently brush the top of your tongue to help kill bacteria that causes bad breath.

For a more thorough clean, some advanced toothbrushes have a built-in tongue-cleaning brush to help counteract that tongue’s sponge-like properties that hold some bacteria in tight.

Tongue-Cleaning Scrapers

For a full clean, consider getting a speciality scraper that’s designed particularly for tongue cleaning. Tongue scrapers, often made of soft, plastic bristles, help to peel off thin layers of mucus on the surface of your tongue that make some bacteria difficult to eradicate.

Be gentle with tongue scrapers, however. If you feel pain or if there’s small amounts of bleeding, you’re scraping too hard.

How Often To Clean Your Tongue

Cleaning your tongue after each time you brush and floss your teeth is easy to do and goes a long way towards fresh breath and reducing your odds of getting gingivitis. It only takes an extra minute in the bathroom and is an integral part of a healthy mouth.

Get a Cleaner Mouth at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental can provide tips on tongue cleaning and provide feedback on ways you can get a cleaner mouth to help kill bacteria and be on your way to fresh breath.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/April 26, 2017/Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Clean Your Tongue ProperlyRead More

Meet the Team: Sarah Herbert

clayburn dental staff - sarah herbert

Sarah is one of Clayburn Dental’s wonderful Registered Dental Hygienists. Some of her responsibilities including cleaning teeth, examining our patients for signs of oral diseases and educating them on ways to improve their oral health.

Let’s get to know Sarah better!

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

“Jamaica! But beautiful BC is a close second!”

What is your favourite type of food?

“I’m a foodie – so anything made well with quality ingredients. Also, chocolate!”

What are your hobbies and what do you enjoy most about them?

“Horseback riding – I love animals and horses are very in tune to your moods so you have to stay calm around them. I also enjoy reading and dancing.”

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

“Noam Chomsky – I just would love to hear about what he thinks we can do to make the world a better place.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“We just adopted a new puppy!”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“We are very thorough in our patient care – I love knowing I am doing the absolute best for my patients and helping them live a little healthier.”

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/April 20, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Sarah HerbertRead More

Restore Your Smile With Dentures

Missing teeth can be a huge confidence killer for anybody. Having a beautiful smile is one of the most important factors in presenting your truest, happiest self to the world. And lost teeth also make day-to-day activities like eating complicated processes.

With so many options for teeth replacement, from partial dentures to full dentures and dental implants, many people struggle to identify what option is the best fit for them. Knowing what dentures are and understanding the differences between the different types of dentures are important first steps towards a beautiful new smile and regaining your oral health.

abbotsford dentures - clayburn dental

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, we can help you decide if dentures are right for you and consult you on what is the best denture option so you can start smiling again!

What Are Dentures?

Dentures are artificial teeth to replace missing natural teeth. Think of them as dental prosthetics, which is what they technically are.

Dentures aren’t for everybody, but they are a convenient, natural-looking and relatively affordable option for replacing natural teeth.

Traditionally, dentures are removable, allowing you to take them out at night time so they can be cleaned. Dentures are shaped to your gum lines and held into your mouth the by tissues of your oral cavity. But some denture types can be bonded to your teeth or implanted.

What Are Dentures Made Of?

Dentures of yesteryear were primarily constructed out of porcelain or plastic, but these materials proved to have their challenges. Porcelain is still used today for some dentures because they can resemble and also feel like natural teeth, and they can be quite durable.

However, they can break if dropped on hard floors, and they are known to wear down natural teeth, making them a drawback for partial dentures.

Today, most modern dentures are made out of hard, acrylic resin, which is both less expensive than porcelain and lighter in weight. Acrylic-resin dentures also adhere securely to your denture base and are easy to adjust.

Different Types of Dentures

Partial Dentures

Partial, removable dentures are used when you are only missing a few teeth and when your nearby natural teeth are not strong enough to support dental bridges. They are custom fitted and are easily held into place by natural teeth and your gum lines.

Full Dentures

Full dentures, also known as complete dentures, are similar to partial dentures but have more artificial teeth on them because they are designed to be a substitute for when you are missing all of your teeth on the bottom or top of your mouth, or both. Suction along your gums keeps them secure.

Immediate Dentures and Overdentures

Alternative options include immediate dentures, which are constructed before your natural teeth are removed and then applied immediately upon extraction for during the healing process. Think of them as temporary dentures.

Overdentures are similar to full or partial dentures but are used as an “in-between” for when you have more than a few natural teeth missing but still a couple lingering ones left, or at least their roots which might still be in place. They are custom designed to fit over these existing teeth.

Dental Implants: Permanent Dentures

Finally, some people consider dental implants to be permanent dentures because they provide the same function as dentures yet they are not removable. Instead, a metal post usually made of titanium is inserted into your gums to serve as the root of the artificial tooth, and then the crown is attached on top of it.

Consider Dentures for a New Smile at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

If you have missing teeth and want to regain your smile, make an appointment with Clayburn Dental so we can help you get your life back with dentures today.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/April 14, 2017/Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist/Comments Off on Restore Your Smile With DenturesRead More

Meet the Team: Michelle Robinson

clayburn dental staff - michelle robinson

Michelle is a Treatment Coordinator at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford. She takes great care of all of our patients, making sure they get top-notch customer service at our clinic.

Michelle is currently on maternity leave and we definitely miss having her around! Let’s see how she answered our staff survey questions.

Who is your hero and why?

“My parents. They both do so much for our family! And Larry David – he’s a comedic genius.”

What are your hobbies and what do you enjoy most about them?

“Hanging out with my kids and family! I love cooking and new recipes are fun. I also enjoy the gym, and when I have time, restoring old furniture!”

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

“New York.”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Everything at Earls and my homemade lasagna.”

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

“Larry David and Gordon Ramsay. I think I’d say let’s skip the coffee and go for drinks, and discuss recipes with Gordon to try and learn his secrets! And probably just want to laugh with Larry.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“The people. I love how everyone gets along so well, and the relationships I have built with most I hope will be lifelong. I also love how big and versatile we are. I like to be busy and learn and know lots. I would be bored in a small office.”

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/April 11, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Michelle RobinsonRead More

Patient Appreciation Draw 2017

clayburn dental patient appreciation helicopter

Patient Appreciation Contest
at Clayburn Dental

Win a Helicopter Ice Cave Adventure for You and 3 Friends!

You and 3 friends will fly over BC’s magnificent coastal mountains before landing at the base of a glacier. Wander through a perfectly formed ice cave and appreciate this beautiful work of art that won’t be around forever. After admiring its natural beauty, enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch against the backdrop of the rugged and untouched surroundings.

Includes 45 minute sightseeing flight (from Pitt Meadows Airport), guided ice cave tour for 4, Lepp Farm Market gourmet picnic lunch for 4, safety gear for 4, and trip photos! Please allow up to 6 hours for the duration of this adventure.

How to Enter the Contest:

Visit our clinic for an appointment between now and June 30th to enter your name into the draw!

The lucky winner will be announced on June 30th, 2017.

Book Your Appointment Now:

To book your appointment, call us at 604-852-8487 or use our online form.

By : Clayburn Dental/April 04, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Community/Comments Off on Patient Appreciation Draw 2017Read More

How to Treat Canker Sores

Clayburn Dental - Canker SoresCankers are one of the most common—and painful—types of sores in oral health. Most people suffer from cankers at some point in their lifetime, and others seem to get them constantly.

Canker sores can come out of nowhere, and nobody is fully immune from them, even those who brush and floss regularly. They make eating, drinking and even talking feel like the most painful of tasks.

At Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, patients often visit us with canker horror stories, and we’ve given our fair share of advice for remedies and related oral health treatment. So what exactly are canker sores, and how can they be treated?

What Are Canker Sores?

A canker sore is layman for aphthous stomatitis, ulcers that form on the soft tissue in your mouth, either on the inside of your cheeks, lips or along your gum line. Canker sores are more prevalent in children and teenagers, but adults get them occasionally. A small portion of the population is known to suffer from canker sores multiple times a year for much of their life.

Cankers start off as faintly visible abrasion marks in the mouth that slightly burn or itch. As they progress, the abrasion, usually no bigger than the size of your little finger’s thumbnail, gradually turns reddish-yellow, surrounded by a pinkish-red hue. Shortly after this point, the pain of a canker sore hits its peak, and any contact with it, whether by food, liquid and even your tongue, delivers sharp stings of instant pain.

Are Canker Sores Contagious?

Fear not, for canker sores are both benign and non-contagious. But the temporary pain and severe discomfort cankers cause is still enough for many Abbotsford dental patients to seek desperate relief.

What Causes Canker Sores?

The precise causes of canker sores are not fully known, but medical experts and dental professionals generally agree that they are an immune response brought on by a variety of factors, ranging from an excess of citrus or sugar in one’s diet to stress and even genetics and hormones.

What is known is that canker sores have no permanent cure, and that they generally disappear naturally within a week or two. But there are some remedies you can seek while suffering from a canker sore to help mitigate the pain and speed up recovery.

How to Remedy Canker Sores

Different ways to treat canker sores include homemade remedies to over-the-counter products and being mindful of day-to-day habits.

As a first step, avoid trigger foods such as citrusy fruits, sugary treats and most carbonated soft drinks. Often, strong correlations between cankers on the one hand and citrus and sugar on the other hand exist, so best to play it safe.

For some people, mouth rinses help to minimize the pain. Make sure to buy a rinse that contains the ingredient dexamethasone, as studies indicate it seems to help reduce the swelling. Speak to your Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental in case a prescription is needed, as rinses with this ingredient aren’t often available on store shelves.

At Clayburn Dental, we can also prescribe certain pastes you can apply to the sore topically, which help accelerate recovery time if applied regularly and properly. For particularly large and painful canker sores, you can consult with us about a laser treatment known as cauterization, whereby the part of your mouth tissue affected by the canker is chemically burned off so the pain can disappear immediately.

Speak With Us at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

If you are suffering from a canker sore or feel like a canker is soon to develop in your mouth, always make an appointment with Clayburn Dental so we can advise on your next steps and help reduce the pain and speed the healing time.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.


By : Clayburn Dental/March 28, 2017/Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How to Treat Canker SoresRead More

Free Oral Cancer Screenings at Clayburn Dental

abbotsford dentist free oral cancer screenings


Get Your Free Oral Cancer Screening
at Clayburn Dental in April

In honour of Oral Cancer Awareness month, your Abbotsford dentist Clayburn Dental will be offering free oral cancer screenings for the entire month of April!

There is no appointment necessary. Patients will be seen on a first come first serve basis.

Come see us at 400 – 3033 Immel St. in Abbotsford, BC.

Tongue examination is an element of the oral cancer exam. Early detection saves lives!

For more information please contact us at 604-852-8487.

By : Clayburn Dental/March 24, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist/Comments Off on Free Oral Cancer Screenings at Clayburn DentalRead More

Meet the Team: Delwyn Lee

clayburn dental - delwynDelwyn is a Registered Dental Hygienist at Clayburn Dental Clinic in Abbotsford.

As a Dental Hygienist, Delwyn’s role is to work with dentists to inspect and clean our patients’ teeth and gums. He also teaches our patients proper dental care to prevent oral disease and gives oral x-rays, among a multitude of other responsibilities.

Let’s take a look at how Delwyn responded to our questions!

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

“Vancouver – always!”

Who is your hero and why?

“Jesus Christ because He showed me what selflessness means.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I’m getting married in May! HOLLA!”

What are your hobbies?

“Playing the piano and guitar, modifying cars and picking apart my fiancé’s brain.”

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

“I’d want to meet Daft Punk and ask them, where do I get THE helmet?”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“The challenge of upholding best practice standards and patient-centered care, two things I aim to deliver with each patient I meet.”

Learn more about Delwyn on his blog:

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/March 21, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Delwyn LeeRead More
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