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What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

When you have a missing tooth, life and day-to-day tasks become more difficult and uncomfortable. From smiling to chewing, missing teeth affect everything from self-confidence to eating.

There are a number of remedies for a missing tooth for people in Abbotsford, including bridges and dentures. But bridges aren’t particularly helpful for when the root of the tooth is missing or damaged; perhaps you have a tooth that breaks off near the gum line but the root is still in tact. Plus they often require filing down nearby teeth so the bridge will fit.

Dentures can be awkward to get used to, and they require lots of maintenance, not least because partial dentures are removal.

A dental implant can be an ideal solution for many patients since it supports an artificial tooth that both feels and looks natural while also holding it firmly and permanently in place.

So what exactly is a dental implant, and is it right for you?

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What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root, usually constructed of titanium metal. An implant is used to safely fill in or replace missing or damaged natural roots and also to support the artificial tooth that will be attached to it above the gum line. Think of dental implants as the “anchor” of a permanent, artificial tooth.

Candidates for dental implants typically have healthy gums and enough bone in the part of the jaw near the affected area to support the implant. Once our Abbotsford dentists at Clayburn Dental insert an implant into your mouth below the gum line, your natural jaw bones will hold it into place, gradually adapting to it during a process called osseointegration.

After osseointegration is complete and the nearby tissue has healed, your dental surgeon will attach a small metal device known as an abutment to the top of the implant that connects the artificial tooth.

Types of Dental Implants

The Canadian Academy of Periodontology categorizes two main types of dental implants: endosteal implants and subperiosteal implants.

Endosteal dental implants are placed completely into the jawbone and typically resemble a small screw. They are conducive to healthy gums and a strong jawbone—think of them as “full implants.”

Subperiosteal implants are still placed below the gum line but do not go fully down into the jawbone. You might need or want a subperiosteal implant if your jawbone is too shallow or you don’t feel comfortable with a full endosteal implant. Always talk to your dentist for advice and feedback about what might be your best option and to help you determine what you’re most comfortable with.

Reasons for Getting Dental Implants

If you’re missing a tooth and the root of the tooth is also missing with it or is severely damaged, then a dental implant might be right for you.

There are many advantages to getting a dental implant. Because your jawbone will naturally fuse to it, implants stay securely in place in your mouth without moving around. They are permanent and don’t require additional maintenance or cleaning on top of how you clean your natural teeth, and they also prevent nearby natural teeth from shifting in place.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Dental implants have been proven to be a safe and effective remedy for missing teeth ever since their creation in their modern-day form over 30 years ago. On average, an estimated half-million implant procedures are performed every year in Canada alone.

And the titanium metal that most dental implants are made of is a fully biocompatible material, which means it is safe to be inserted into your jawbone and through your gum line.

Costs of Dental Implants

The cost of a dental implant in B.C. to a patient will often come down to insurance coverage. Dental implants often have different coverage levels than other remedies for missing teeth, such as bridges and dentures, but the addition of general health insurance might increase coverage amounts.

Your dental surgeons at Clayburn Dental can discuss your options with you so you can understand how your dental insurance will help mitigate costs.

Dental Implants at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford have performed countless dental implants to restore people’s smiles and give them back the confidence that they’ve had all along.

To learn more about dental implants and if receiving an implant procedure is right for you, call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/March 13, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist/Comments Off on What You Need to Know About Dental ImplantsRead More

Meet the Team: Dawn McGregor

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Dawn is the Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Team Leader at Clayburn Dental. The CDA’s have a crucial role at our dental clinic in Abbotsford, maintaining a safe, clean and effective environment in the treatment room and assisting our dentist team during a variety of treatment procedures.

Dawn is especially great at helping our patients feel comfortable before, during and after dental treatment – we don’t know what we’d do without her!

Without further ado, let’s get to know Dawn better!

Who is your hero and why?

“My parents. They are amazing, and I’m so glad they brought me up the way they did. My mom went through a lot while my brother and I were growing up. She held it together and we always had fun. My dad was just as amazing. He was always working hard so we could do the things we did and have the fun we had. Thanks Mom and Dad, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for you both.”

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

“Scrapbooking. It relaxes me and lets me relive the memories. I also enjoy spending time with my husband and our dogs and the joy they bring me. Finally, watching Canucks (though there’s not much joy in them right now!).”

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

“Riveria Maya in Mexico. We’re beginning to plan our annual vacation there now!”

What is your favourite type of food?

“Chinese or Mexican.”

What celebrity would you like to meet? What would you ask them?

“Cesar Milan. I would ask him for help with my dog who doesn’t like to be groomed. I am serious.”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“The staff. I love them all, they are a great group. And the flexibility we have for taking time off.”

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 08, 2017/General/Comments Off on Meet the Team: Dawn McGregorRead More

Why Do I Keep Getting Cavities?

Why We Get Cavities – Know the Risk Factors

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Some people just seem to get more cavities than others, and if you feel you’re one of the unlucky ones, know that about 96% of Canadians get at least one cavity in their lifetime. So even if you brush twice a day and try to look after your teeth, don’t blame yourself too much. Although cavities are largely preventable, a lack of education about the nuances of cavity prevention is often the biggest culprit.

There are some complicated reasons for why some people seem to get a lot of cavities. So if you brush and floss your teeth but notice that you keep getting cavities when you visit the dentist, it’s important to consider the possibility that you might be at extra risk. Learning about the causes for cavities can help you better mitigate this risk and help improve your oral hygiene and the strength of your tooth enamel.

What Are Cavities?

A dental cavity occurs when a tooth or part of a tooth exhibits decay. Teeth begin to decay and breakdown when bacteria builds up in the mouth around the teeth and along the gum lines.

Although there’s no way to heal cavities, strictly speaking, if cavities are caught early enough, most of the time they can be remedied with a dental filling, whereby your dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth, clean the newly exposed area and fill it in with a permanent, natural-looking artificial material.

But even dental fillings require an extra trip to the dentist and might necessitate pain relief during the procedure. Plus, treatment of mild cavities can’t reverse the increased risk you are now exposed to of getting more cavities in the future, and any serious cavities you might get in the future could require more invasive treatments.

What Causes Cavities?

There are some common but also lesser-known causes of cavities that could make anyone susceptible to tooth decay. If you are at high risk of cavities, know your triggers and be extra vigilant in cavity prevention so you can avoid those extra trips to the dentist and a potentially major dental filling or even a full removal of a tooth.

Most Common Risk Factors for Cavities

1. Bad Diet

High sugar intakes from lots of carbonated soft drinks and desserts, eating too many highly acidic foods such as grains, dairy products and processed foods, above-average consumption levels of alcohol and a lack of fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins in your diet all increase your risk of getting a cavity.

2. Bacteria

A build-up of bacteria is the most common cause of tooth decay. Even if you practice good oral hygiene, some microbe bacteria is natural forming, and some people get it worse than others. If your dentist identifies a lot of bacteria in your mouth, consider an oral rinse to complement your teeth brushing to help fight away this excess bacteria.

3. Dry Mouth

If you suffer from periodic or regular dry mouth, that means you have less saliva to help wash away plaque, sugar and destructive bacteria in your mouth. Incorporate an enamel-strengthening mouthwash into your daily routine to help compensate for this shortcoming.

4. Lack of Fluoride

Fluoride is an inorganic chemical that helps to clean teeth; thus it’s a common ingredient in toothpaste. But some areas in Canada face barriers to additional fluoride exposure. While more than 50% of the populations in Alberta, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia and Ontario have medically safe traces of fluoride in their public drinking water, more than 95% of British Columbians live in municipalities with no fluoride in their drinking water at all. If you feel you’re constantly getting diagnosed with cavities, search for mouthwashes with fluoride in them.

5. Pre-Existing Conditions

If you’ve been diagnosed with cavities in the past or your family has a history of excessive cavities, by default you’re at a higher risk of future tooth decay. Make sure to be extra vigilant in brushing twice a day, flossing daily and rinsing your mouth daily with a dentist-recommended mouthwash.

Cavity Treatment at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford have the expertise to detect cavities during a dental checkup, recommend if a dental filling is necessary and also provide you with customized feedback for cavity prevention if you are at high risk.

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

By : Clayburn Dental/February 24, 2017/Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More

Meet the Team: Dr. Robert Brandt

clayburn dental - dr. robert brandt Dr. Robert Brandt is the Dentist Team Leader and a practicing dentist at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford.

Whether it is creating a new smile, relieving their pain or tackling everyday dental concerns, Dr. Brandt always brings his positive attitude to his patients and his team.

Let’s get to know Dr. Brandt better!

Who is your hero and why?

“My wife Joyelle for her tireless work to be a beacon of light in the world, whether it is through her art, her music, her books, her website aiding parents who are survivors of childhood abuse, her Love Your Body Summit helping support body positivity in women and girls, or her public speaking on many of the above topics…. And for doing all that while being a great mom, friend and wife.”

What celebrity would you like to meet? What would you ask them?

“Bruce Springsteen to talk to him about the creative process in his more story form acoustic songs, and George R.R. Martin to find out the ending of Game of Thrones in case he never finishes writing it!”

What are your hobbies?

“Writing, painting, photography, drawing. I enjoy creating and the creative process. I feel there is a need in the world for dreamers and creators, to bring light into the world, uplift others through form, color, and composition, and finally to tell a variety of stories that balance pure escapism with that deeper underlying truth about the world.

As K.M. Weiland said: stories give us the good truth and the bad truth, they open our minds and help us have empathy, they give us models to help us deal with challenges we encounter, and finally they teach us to hope. I believe stories do all of that and I want to write my own stories to share and enrich the world in some way big or small.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I’m three-quarters of the way through writing a novel.”

What do you like most about working at Clayburn Dental?

“Working alongside a great group of kind and caring people who want to do their part to help others through service.”

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/February 21, 2017/General/ CommentsRead More

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

What Causes Bad Breath? How to Prevent Halitosis

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From job interviews to first dates, exhaling an off-putting odour around others when trying to make a strong first impression can sometimes have disastrous consequences. Patients in Abbotsford visit the dentist regularly because of bad breath; bad breath (also known as halitosis) is the third most common motivation for dentist appointments (after tooth decay and gum disease).

But is halitosis actually a medical problem, or is it merely the result of poor dental hygiene? Is it genetic for some and preventable for others? Many of our Abbotsford dental patients ask these questions all the time, wondering if more frequent visits to their Abbotsford dentist office are necessary, if there are household remedies instead or if they have nothing to worry about at all.

What is Bad Breath?

Before you decide on the cure for bad breath that’s best for you, it’s helpful to know exactly what it is.

First of all, bad breath is a symptom, not a disease or a condition. That means that bad breath is always caused by something else and is never an inherent problem. That it’s not a diagnosis is a good sign, but it also means that, in most cases, there are other concerns of dental hygiene.

If you think you might suffer from halitosis, the first thing to do is get examined by a dentist. According to medical studies, as many as 72% of people who self-diagnose as having halitosis either have psychological concerns about bad breath or their bad breath is temporary. On the other hand, about 20% of the general population do genuinely suffer from halitosis to some degree.

So knowing the source of the problem and the extent of it can go a long way in reversing your bad breath for good, whether it’s an ongoing problem or a fleeting issue because of shortcomings in your oral hygiene routine. A professional dental examination in Abbotsford can properly identify specific causes of bad breath and appropriate remedies.

Causes of Bad Breath

For those who authentically suffer from halitosis, about 90% of all causes of bad breath originate in the mouth; the remaining causes of bad breath are known as “extra-oral processes,” which means they exist elsewhere in your body. Of this latter category, in very rare circumstances, halitosis can be a symptom of more serious underlying medical conditions, including liver failure.

Often, however, bad breath is the result of poor oral hygiene, allowing bacteria to fester along your gum lines and on your tongue and thus generating offending odours.

Causes of Bad Breath

1. Dry Mouth

Xerostomia, the medical term for dry mouth, can often create bad breath because a lack of saliva production and lubrication in your mouth allow bacteria to cultivate in your mouth. Moreover, food odours are often temporary because salivary flow washes them away quickly.

2. Gum Disease

A buildup of plaque in your mouth because of a lack of teeth brushing and flossing often creates smelly odours in your mouth, especially when plaque buildup leads to gingivitis.

3. Foods and Drinks

Even with good oral hygiene, certain foods like onions and garlic can create smelly odours. Sometimes their odours can migrate to your lungs through your bloodstream after your stomach processes them, in which case you have to wait for them to go through your system. Sugary foods and acidic drinks like coffee and juices also provide a home for bacteria in your mouth.

4. Extra-Oral Processes

In about 10% of cases, halitosis is caused by factors such as nasal cavities, metabolic disorders (e.g. blood-borne bad breath via dimethyl sulphide) and, very rarely, diseases such as diabetes, lung disease, kidney disease, cancer and respiratory tract infections.

Bad Breath Remedies

For those concerned about bad breath after eating or drinking, brushing and flossing your teeth afterwards can make a huge difference. Breath mints or sprays are also great at momentarily disguising the smell, although they can’t be a substitute for reversing any underlying causes.

Chewing on gum or sugar-free candy can also help to stimulate saliva flow that can reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth—this technique is also helpful for people who suffer from dry  mouth.

Be sure to stay hydrated with lots of water, snack on crunchy fruits and veggies and stay on top of your vitamin-C intake to further reduce halitosis-causing oral bacteria.

If your bad breath is caused by gum disease, it’s best to speak with your dentist about devising an oral hygiene that’s suited for you and your needs. A dentist can also be instrumental in leading to a diagnosis of extra-oral causes, such as nasal cavities or metabolic disorders.

Bad Breath Treatment at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford are fully trained and equipped to help identify halitosis and its causes. As well, we can prepare customized treatment plans for your mouth to get your breath smelling fantastic again.

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

By : Clayburn Dental/February 17, 2017/Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More

Meet the Team: Alissa Gorner

clayburn dental - meet the team alissaAlissa is our Treatment Coordinator at Clayburn Dental. She’s the one who takes care of our patients from start to finish! Not only does she have great communication and organization skills, she always brings her A-game when it comes to customer service.

Aside from the friendly, energetic personality that we have come to known, what is Alissa like? Let’s get to know her better.

What are your hobbies?

“Painting, drawing, and sculpting. What I enjoy most about these hobbies is they help me relax, and are a fantastic creative outlet.”

Who is your hero and why?

“My sister Stephanie, who gave birth at 24 weeks, and who has had the strength to be at the hospital in Vancouver every day for the last four months to support her tiny little daughter.”

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

“Ryan Gosling, and I’d probably ask for his hand in marriage.”

Do you have any exciting news to share?

“I just got my BA degree in psychology and criminal justice!”

What is your favourite thing about working at Clayburn Dental?

“Our fantastic patients, who are always so kind, and also the flexibility that Clayburn has provided me while I went to university. They made my life much less difficult. Finally, my coworkers who I look forward to spending time with each time I work.”

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/February 06, 2017/General/ CommentsRead More

Top 10 Causes of Toothaches

What Are the Top 10 Reasons for a Toothache?

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Toothaches happen to everybody, and they’re always a source of discomfort, or in a minority of cases, extreme pain. It’s one of the most common dental ailments there is, and a top reason why many people end up visiting a dentist.

Of course, if you ever experience pain in your mouth or jaw, the causes for a toothache can sometimes be mysterious. Many people naturally assume a cavity is the main culprit, but in fact, there are many potential reasons for why you might have a toothache – many of which are treatable.

Always be sure to visit your local Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental so we can help pinpoint the source of your tooth soreness and get your teeth feeling great again.

To better understand some of the different reasons for a sore tooth, we are going to count down the 10 common explanations that we encounter every day with many of our patients.

Top 10 Common Causes of Toothache

#10 – Wisdom Teeth Growing

Often times, when wisdom teeth begin crowning or if they already have crowned, they create teeth misalignment, pushing against other teeth and placing pressure on your jaws and gums. Wisdom teeth removal or orthodontic treatment can usually remedy this soreness.

#9 – Sinus Infection

In some cases, the source of your toothache might not even be in your mouth! If you suffer from sinuses, it’s possible that nasal congestion and tenderness in your upper jaw is causing your teeth pain.

#8 – Improper Teeth Brushing

Not maintaining a recommend routine for oral hygiene can cause long-term damage to your teeth and pain in the short term. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily helps to remove plaque that causes tooth pain if undealt with, and brushing your teeth with too much pressure can also irritate the gum areas, causing them to recede in the long run if done regularly.

#7 – Sensitive Teeth

If you feel sharp pains in your teeth when eating hot foods or cold drinks, you might have sensitive teeth, either from a receding gum line and/or weakening teeth enamel. Talk to us at Clayburn Dental to devise a plan to help combat your teeth discomfort.

#6 – Gum Disease

Gum disease is a leading cause of bleeding gums and constant tenderness in the mouth area, usually leading to teeth pain. Our Abbotsford dental professionals can assist in strategizing an oral-hygiene plan to ward off gingivitis in your mouth for good!

#5 – Injury or Tooth Fractures

Get into a sports injury, or chip your tooth while taking a fall? Damaging, fracturing, or even just slightly chipping a tooth can lead to serious oral pain. We can consult with you about your options for dental fillings and dental crowns to get you smiling again.

#4 – Damaged Fillings

Any dental fillings that cover pre-existing gaps or chips can cause more tooth pain if they ever become damaged or dislodged, exposing the sensitive part of your tooth to temperatures, food, and drinks that could create sharp pains. Talk to your dentist here in Abbotsford so we can diagnose a broken dental filing for you and eliminate tooth pain.

#3 – Teeth Grinding

Many people subconsciously grind their teeth at night while they sleep without even realizing it. Bruxism, as it’s known, causes friction amongst the teeth, jaw, neck, and mouth muscles. Consider getting a comfortable, custom-fit mouth guard for your sleep so you won’t wake up with tooth pain anymore.

#2 – Abscessed Tooth

What is an abscessed tooth? Simply put, an abscessed tooth is a painful infection at or near a tooth’s root, causing the outer layer of tooth enamel to break away and exposing the sensitive inner part of a tooth as a pain point.

#1 – Tooth Decay

Of course, the top cause for tooth pain is tooth decay, a common problem that at one point or another affects most people. It’s hard for many people to spot tooth decay until it develops into a cavity and has broken into the inner layer of a tooth known as the dentin. Always consult with your dentists at Clayburn Dental about how to reverse tooth decay while it’s still treatable or to learn about receiving a cavity filling.

Stop Tooth Pain at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

If your toothache lasts longer than a day and/or is causing significant distress, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.

For minor toothaches, call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn more about how we can help your mouth feeling great again.

By : Clayburn Dental/January 23, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More

Root Canal Treatment and How it Works

Understanding Root Canal Treatment

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Many patients fear a root canal treatment because they’re not sure what it is or how a root canal works, and they think it sounds painful. A root canal treatment is actually an effective way to repair an infected tooth, a damaged tooth or relieve consistent inflammation of dental pulp.

In many cases, without a root canal procedure, you could risk not only losing your tooth but opening up the surrounding area in your mouth to further infections. As such, root canal treatments are one of the most common procedures in dentist offices.

Many patients here in Abbotsford ask, “Will a root canal hurt?” and “Is a root canal necessary?” The dental professionals at Clayburn Dental personally assess the extent of the damage to each patient’s tooth and carefully analyse X-rays to plan for a safe and successful procedure and ensure that there is little to no pain at all for most patients.

What is a Root Canal Procedure?

The colloquial name for the procedure actually comes from a part of the tooth itself. The root canal is a space inside a tooth that is full of living tissue called dental pulp. A root canal procedure, officially known as endodontic treatment, is needed when dental pulp becomes infected.

What are Endodontics?

Endodontics is the dental practice of studying and treating dental pulp. Dental pulp is the soft tissue that lives in the middle of the tooth in the root canal area that visually resembles a narrow, hollow vessel.

Dental pulp contains nerves, arterioles, venules and different kinds of tissues – any of which become damaged, a dentist is needed to help save the tooth with endodontic treatment.

What Are the Causes of an Infected Tooth for a Root Canal?

Any time a root canal becomes infected or is seriously susceptible to infection, your Abbotsford dentist at Clayburn Dental will recommend a personalized root canal treatment for you.

Dental pulp infections are the most common cause of root canal therapies, as bacteria from the infections often causes tooth decay that can permanently damage the tooth, leading to tooth loss.

Other causes such as tooth fractures or chips that are extensive enough to expose the root canal – in these cases, root canal treatment is a pre-emptive measure against tooth infection.

How Does Root Canal Procedure Work?

At Clayburn Dental, we personally examine X-rays of your mouth to ensure safe and effective treatment. After applying local anaesthesia, a dental dam is applied over your mouth as a protective shield.

With small instruments, we create a tiny opening in your tooth to access the root canal, and clean out the dental pulp and the surrounding area for disinfection. After filling the area, we seal the opening with gutta-percha, a rubber-like, biocompatible material and top it off with natural-feeling cement for a complete seal. For many patients, the procedure can often be completed in a single visit.

Will I Get Root Canal Pain from Endodontic Treatment?

Pain during a root canal treatment is easily mitigated and usually avoided entirely with properly applied anaesthesia. After the anaesthesia wears off, except for severe cases where the pre-existing damage was extensive, most patients experience only mild discomfort for a short period of time.

Root Canal Treatment at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

Clayburn Dental Office offers full endodontic treatments to patients of any age in Abbotsford.

Whether you know have fully infected dental pulp, a small chip or fracture in your teeth, or even if you are just experiencing tooth soreness, come see us and we’ll be able to help you recover while making you feel comfortable and relaxed.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn more about how we can customize a root canal treatment for your specific dental needs.

By : Clayburn Dental/January 11, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist/ CommentsRead More

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier Teeth

New Year’s Tips for Better Dental Hygiene


The New Year is right around the corner, and making resolutions is a popular activity for many of us.

Unfortunately, resolutions can be hard to keep, as most people end up breaking them by spring. That’s why setting realistic resolutions with concrete plans of action are best for achieving results that actually last for the whole year—and beyond!

A good tip to set attainable New Year’s resolutions is to focus on small things, such as curbing bad oral hygiene habits and picking up new habits for a healthier smile.

Oral hygiene is essential for both a beautiful smile and better overall health as well; but all too often oral hygiene gets overlooked because of our hectic lives.

Your local Abbotsford dentist Clayburn Dental has you covered. Read below for five simple tips you can start doing right on January 1st for healthy amazing-looking teeth.

1. Change Your Toothbrush Every 3-6 Months

Changing your toothbrush on a regular basis is important for good oral hygiene. Over time, the bristles on your toothbrush start to wear down and become frayed, rendering them less effective at cleaning your teeth and removing plaque, crucial for preventing cavities and tooth decay.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford recommends changing your toothbrush at least two to four times a year. Thankfully, New Year’s is a perfect time to set a schedule for changing your brush, because then you know to time your brush changes relative to the calendar of the month for each change of season, for example.

So make sure to bust out toothbrushes as a great stocking stuffer!

2. Floss Regularly

Everybody knows how important flossing is but the reality is that until the habit starts to sink in, it can certainly be challenging task to complete every day.

Flossing is the number one best way to help ensure a healthy smile not just because of how effective it is at removing plaque and bacteria between your teeth, but because of the room for improvement it represents in so many people’s daily hygiene routines.

Set small goals for yourself. Instead of thinking about how you have to commit to flossing every day for a whole year, commit to flossing every day for the first week of January. You’ll see how easy and quickly it can be done, and with that satisfaction, you can then tackle a whole month!

Soon it will become such a normal part of your routine, you’ll wonder how you ever went so many days when you were younger without flossing!

3. Healthier Diet

Eating healthier and cutting back on sugar goes a long way towards fighting gum disease, cavities and tooth decay. In fact, studies have shown there is a direct relationship between the amount of sugar one consumes and the amount of tooth decay they are likely to endure.

Start your New Year off right by committing to more days a week that you can set aside for healthier meals. Try to incorporate as much dairy into your diet as possible—calcium makes teeth stronger. High-fibre foods have also been proven to help clearing up plaque and food debris.

4. Quit Smoking

Kicking the habit and quitting smoking is the single best health measure you can take. Aside from significantly reducing your risk of cancer, there are huge benefits for your oral health as well. Quitting smoking cuts your risk of gum disease in half.

Try to find some alternative habits to keep your mind busy and preoccupied throughout the day as you prepare to leave smoking behind for good this New Year’s, and speak to a general practitioner if it helps.

5. Set a Schedule

Some people think that flossing or changing your diet are the most difficult New Year’s resolutions you can make. In fact, simply drafting a schedule you can stick to in order to keep your newfound habits may be the biggest challenge, since after making a schedule, it’s all downhill from there!

Make sure to see a dentist at least every six months for proper cleaning. Routine care is the most effective way of keeping your teeth clean and preemptively protecting yourself from cavities and gum diseases.

New Year’s Dental Checkups at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

Get your New Year’s dental-cleaning routine off to a crisp start by scheduling your next dental checkup at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford. We help you keep your New Year’s resolutions and your regular schedule on point, with flexible availability, schedule reminders and more.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online for a healthier smile for the New Year!

By : Clayburn Dental/December 19, 2016/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More

Tips for Kids With Braces: A How-To Guide for Parents

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Helping Kids Take Care of Their Braces

Getting braces is a common part of growing up in Abbotsford for many kids and young teens. Orthodontists estimate that as much as 45% of all kids require braces for common issues such as an overbite or crowded teeth. The proportion of children who require orthodontic treatment becomes as high as 75% when you include not so obvious problems, such as a TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.

But despite how increasingly common braces are, children of course can be stubborn and find them frustrating, leading to difficulty in cleaning and oral-hygiene maintenance. Parents understandably want all the help they can get, especially since your children’s smiles are of the utmost importance.

The orthodontic team at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford has compiled these tips for braces so parents can help their kids adjust to life with braces and teach kids good skills for orthodontic care.

When Should My Kid Get Braces?

A standard age for getting braces is 10-14. For most children, adult teeth have come in by then and because the jaw is still growing, conditions are favourable for teeth straightening.

However, once baby teeth begin to fall out before the age of 10, check with an orthodontist, because even if adult teeth look like they are coming in straight, there can be crowding issues or overbites/underbites that might be hard to see. Early diagnoses is important for saving time and money!

How to Help My Kid Survive Braces

Many children are self-conscious about braces. They feel uncomfortable and hesitate to smile. Try to encourage them to smile as much as possible. Show old photos of yourself when you had braces to give them an idea of before/after results. Emphasize to them that the end results will be worth it.

Having braces is also a great opportunity to teach kids responsibility. Learning self-discipline over avoiding gum, popcorn and hard candy, as well as what can happen if you lose a retainer, can become easy since there are direct consequences to actions that kids can see and feel first-hand. Explaining these things to them often helps young children learn to better take care of their braces too!

Tips to Help Kids Clean Their Braces

Sometimes, the basics are the best place to start. Making sure your kids brush at least three times a day and ideally after every meal is a great way to help them care for their braces.

Save the flossing for night-time when both parent and child have the time to do it meticulously; this is also a great opportunity to help teach the kids some important lessons for oral hygiene. Nobody wants to be late for school!

For stubborn kids, you and your orthodontist can explain that lacklustre cleaning will simply lead to having the braces on for an even longer period of time. This is a great tip to help your kids start cleaning their braces regularly.

Maintenance Tips for Braces

Some children require rubber bands as part of their braces treatment. A handy tip is to make sure your kids always carry backup rubber bands with them in case the bands break or they need to be replaced in a jiffy.

If the bands are causing any pain for your child with braces—don’t worry, the pain will go away, especially since after more usage, the bands will gradually help to mitigate pain caused by hooks attached to brackets.

If the brackets or wires ever become loose or broken, make sure to see your orthodontist as soon as you can. In the meantime, if anything is protruding and rubbing up against your child’s gums, you can reduce the pain and irritation with wax or wet cotton.

Braces for Kids at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

Clayburn Dental Office offers full orthodontic services in addition to our regular dental services to all of our family patients in Abbotsford.

Having an orthodontist on site means your dentist can easily recommend to you any potential orthodontic treatment while your child is being checked-up. We will always work with you to explain procedures, provide comprehensive and transparent quotes and develop custom plans for each one of your kids so you can feel as comfortable as possible in getting braces for your children.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online to learn how we can help with our child’s dental health.

By : Clayburn Dental/December 08, 2016/Abbotsford Orthodontist/ CommentsRead More
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