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5 Tips to Control Tartar Build-Up

What Makes Tartar So Bad?

Tartar Treatment & Prevention - Abbotsford DentistOur mouths provide the perfect environment for bacteria to thrive. Tiny particles of food mix with the bacteria and proteins to create a sticky dental plaque. This plaque likes to hide out beneath the gum line. Wherever plaque sticks, damage may lead to cavities and gum irritation.

So, what happens when the plaque is not removed regularly?

Plaque that is left unchecked will harden on the teeth and form tartar (calculus). Gums grow irritated as the plaque hardens into tartar under the gumline. Since tartar is rough and porous, it offers plaque the perfect place to grow. thereby beginning the cycle again. Gum disease and decay can happen if teeth are not properly cleaned on a regular basis.

Keep in mind that once plaque turns to tartar, it takes special dental tools to remove the build-up.

Stop tartar build-up before it starts with these great tips:

  1. Opt for a Canadian Dental Association (CDA) approved toothbrush, so you know your toothbrush is up to the challenge. If it is an option, studies favor electronic toothbrushes over manual in removing plaque effectively.
  2. Use a fluoride-based tartar control toothpaste to help boost enamel development and fight bacteria overgrowth.
  3. Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use a timer to be sure you brush for two whole minutes to effectively remove plaque and prevent tartar build-up.
  4. Floss between teeth and use an antiseptic mouthwash daily to help keep tartar from building up between teeth and gums.
  5. Avoid sugary and starchy foods whenever possible. Bacteria thrive on sweets and leave acids behind on teeth as they ingest the sugars. Eating healthy and drinking plenty of water to help wash away food particles is helpful.

What are the Consequences of Tartar Build-Up in Abbotsford, BC and Beyond?

Visiting your friendly Abbotsford dentist and hygienist twice a year can nip any tartar build-up in the bud before it wreaks havoc in your mouth. Scraping of tartar from the visible surface of teeth and from under the gumline is called scaling. Unfortunately, once tartar has formed, it will take professional dental tools to properly handle the scaling.

The longer plaque is left on teeth, the higher the likelihood of damage from decay. Infection risk is amplified because the build-up of tartar separates teeth and gums, allowing for pockets of infection to pool under the gums. Periodontal (gum) disease is no laughing matter and can even lead to tooth or bone loss if untreated.

Book Your Appointment at Clayburn Dental

Give us a call at Clayburn Dental today at (604) 852-8487 or request an appointment online. Be sure to schedule a regular dental cleaning with your Abbotsford dentist every six months to ditch the plaque and tartar before they turn into a bigger problem.

By : Clayburn Dental/November 20, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on 5 Tips to Control Tartar Build-UpRead More

Clayburn Dental is Voted Abbotsford’s Favourite Dentist 2017

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Thank You Abbotsford!

For the fifth year in a row, Clayburn Dental has been voted by Abbotsford News readers as Abbotsford’s Favourite Dentist!

We are honoured to be recognized as one of Abbotsford’s best businesses. We appreciate all of our patients’ ongoing support of our dental clinic, and will continue our commitment to providing you with excellent oral health care service!

About the 2017 A-List

The Abbotsford News received nominations from their readers to determine this year’s listing of the best that Abbotsford’s has to offer. Congratulations to the other nominees, finalists and winners on all of their achievements this year!

Sincerely,

The staff at Clayburn Dental

By : Clayburn Dental/October 27, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Community/Comments Off on Clayburn Dental is Voted Abbotsford’s Favourite Dentist 2017Read More

How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral Health

Pregnancy affects so many aspects of a woman’s life, including many she does not expect. A healthy mouth and teeth can provide protections that decrease the likelihood of a low birth-weight baby and even reduce the risk of pre-term delivery. It is a good idea to schedule a regular cleaning and check-up before you get pregnant. If that’s not possible, visit your Abbotsford dentist during your first trimester for a cleaning and oral health check.

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Let’s look at common conditions that may appear or worsen during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Related Gingivitis: Similar Symptoms, Different Causes

Gum disease is the result of excess bacteria under the gum line. Mouth health relies on a balance of good and bad bacteria. Pregnancy can affect your immune system and upset this balance. Hormone levels, particularly an increase in progesterone, can also allow certain bad bacteria to build up.

Rinsing with warm salt water can help with irritation. Be sure to brush twice a day, for at least two minutes, and floss daily. An anti-microbial mouthwash can help control inflammation and the associated bleeding as is common with gingivitis. Regular dental cleanings can help deter gingivitis during pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis tends to fade away after you give birth.

Enamel Erosion and Morning Sickness

Many women experience varying degrees of morning sickness. It’s a good idea to contact your dentist if you experience frequent vomiting. The enamel on the back of the front teeth is particularly susceptible. Contrary to popular practice, you should not brush immediately after you vomit. Acids in the vomit will actually do more harm to the enamel. Instead, try rinsing with baking soda and water, or a mouthwash that reduces the pH in your mouth before you brush.

Pregnancy Granuloma Sounds Scarier Than It Is

Sometimes referred to as a pregnancy tumor or pyogenic granuloma, these are red nodules that appear in the mouth, especially near the gum line. These can cause discomfort, but they are not actually tumors at all. A narrow stalk of tissue connects the granuloma to the gum or mucous membrane. Irritation is common when they bleed and crust over. It is possible to remove them during pregnancy, but about half will return.

Too Little or Too Much Saliva is Common

If dry mouth is a problem, chew sugarless gum or suck on hard candy that contains xylitol to boost saliva production and provide relief. Xylitol also helps by reducing the effects of harmful bacteria in the mouth. Drinking plenty of water also helps with comfort. Early in the pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, excess saliva production may occur. It is thought that nausea is the big culprit.

How Can I Keep My Teeth Healthy During Pregnancy?

Give the team at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, BC a call to schedule a check-up during your first trimester to get you on the right track. Other tips include using a fluoride toothpaste to brush at least twice a day, then following up with an anti-microbial rinse to keep bacteria in check. Chew sugarless gum containing xylitol to help combat an increase in the bad bacteria caused by hormonal fluctuations and changes in the immune system.

 

By : Clayburn Dental/October 25, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on How Pregnancy Affects Your Oral HealthRead More

Halloween Candy Buy Back 2017

Halloween Candy Buyback 2017

Halloween Candy Buy Back Program

Clayburn Dental is excited to announce the return of our popular Halloween Candy Buy Back program!

From November 1 to 3, your kids can bring in their Halloween candy haul to our dental clinic in Abbotsford and we will buy their candy back at $2 per pound (up to a max of $20)! All of the candy collected will be donated to the Abbotsford Salvation Army.

The Halloween Candy Buy Back is a great way for your little ones to get rid of their extra Halloween candy for a good cause. Plus, earning a few dollars is always a special feeling!

November 1 to November 3
$2 per pound of candy donated
400 – 3033 Immel St Abbotsford, BC V2S 6S2

Why Participate?

Now in our fourth year, the goal of our Candy Buy Back event is not to stop children from enjoying a little candy, but to encourage moderation. Your support shows your family the importance of dental hygiene and the great feeling of helping others.

All of the candy that we collect goes to the Abbotsford Salvation Army as they have a need for it for their parades and other events. It generally takes them a year to redistribute the candy through their various avenues.

Thank you for your interest in our Halloween Candy Buyback program and your thoughtfulness in providing the candy!

Questions? Please call us at 604-852-8487.

By : Clayburn Dental/October 24, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Community/Comments Off on Halloween Candy Buy Back 2017Read More

Why Seniors Are at Higher Risk for Cavities

One of the things we don’t hear about much after childhood is tooth decay. Unfortunately, studies have shown that seniors are as likely as children to get cavities. New dental technologies allow us to keep our natural teeth longer than in years past. Of course, the longer we have our natural teeth, the longer they are exposed to common risk factors that increase the likelihood of cavities.

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Normal Wear and Tear is Tougher on Aging Teeth

Tooth enamel wears down throughout a person’s life. Without the same level of protection, teeth are more susceptible to decay. Receding gums leave teeth roots exposed, which allows decay to affect the formerly covered roots. A loss of density in the jaw bone also leave teeth in a weakened state.

You can combat the signs of aging teeth by using a fluoridated toothpaste and rinse at least twice daily. Be sure to visit your trusty Abbotsford dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and check-ups.

Brushing and Flossing May Become Physically Difficult

Oral hygiene routines become difficult to maintain when manual dexterity is affected by age-related health conditions. Arthritis, stroke, and Parkinson’s make brushing particularly difficult. When it becomes difficult to brush thoroughly and floss properly, tiny food particles stay behind and cause decay.

A variety of electric and sonic toothbrushes are available today that can help improve oral hygiene for many seniors. If possible, a spouse or caregiver should support proper oral hygiene practices.

Lack of Fluoridated Drinking Water Impacts Tooth Health

Whether it was when people were children, or thanks to the boom in bottled water, a lack of fluoride in our drinking water can impact the ability of teeth to re-mineralize. As decay begins, fluoride can often reverse the progression by strengthening the enamel.

If you do not have access to fluoridated water, ask the team at Clayburn Dental about fluoride treatments available for home use. There are also fluoride tablets available that give more protection than just fluoridated toothpaste and rinse.

Decrease in Saliva Production is Bad News

Many medications cause a decrease in saliva production and result in what is called dry mouth. Saliva is crucial in rinsing away plaque and food debris. It also helps neutralize the acids that eat away at enamel.

While there are prescription strength options to help combat dry mouth, you can start by chewing sugarless gum (bonus benefits if it contains xylitol). Chewing gum boosts saliva production. It is also a good idea to drink water to help wash away debris.

Finances are Often an Unspoken Issue

When seniors are on a fixed income, dental issues are often pushed aside for other priorities. Dental care and even dental products can be viewed as extras when paying for food and shelter are in jeopardy.

Visit Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

At Clayburn Dental, we accept dental insurance directly, but we also offer convenient payment plans that help put quality care within reach for seniors. Give us a call to schedule an appointment to get your dental care routine back on track. Your teeth will thank you!

By : Clayburn Dental/October 20, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on Why Seniors Are at Higher Risk for CavitiesRead More

What Causes Sensitive Teeth and How Can I Treat It?

Sensitive teeth can be the result of dietary choices, decay, periodontal disease, or even genetics. The protection provided by enamel and gums decreases as enamel wears away and gums recede. Once the underlying surface (dentin) is exposed, sensitivity usually follows.

Discuss concerns with your dentist as soon as sensitive teeth become a nuisance. Let them know when you first noticed discomfort and what you were doing at the time. An oral exam which includes radiographs helps the dentist determine the underlying cause of sensitivity.
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Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

  • Aggressive brushing and the resulting worn enamel
  • Receding gums and exposed roots
  • Enamel erosion due to diet
  • Decay and damage to teeth and fillings leaving dentin exposed
  • Nightly teeth grinding
  • Recent dental treatment

At-Home Treatments

Special toothpaste is available to help desensitize sensitive teeth. Most ADA recommended brands offer a sensitive version that helps protect the enamel and reduce pain within a couple of weeks. A fluoride treatment regimen is another option that can strengthen enamel and protect teeth nerves. If grinding is an issue, a special mouth guard can be worn at night. Dietary changes that eliminate acidic foods and drinks help protect enamel.

Professional Treatments

If you know your sensitivity is caused by more than just soft enamel, it is time to see the dentist. You may save yourself a lot of pain if the underlying problem can be fixed with a new filling. Even inlaysonlays, and crowns are relatively simple fixes that can stop sensitivity in its tracks. Sensitivity caused by gum disease may be treated with a deep cleaning which allows gums to protect teeth and roots properly. A gum graft may be necessary if gum damage is severe.

Tips for Coping with the Sensitivity

It makes sense to avoid certain acidic foods and drinks to prevent sensitivity. Acids in foods and drinks soften enamel, making it susceptible to wear. Soda and coffee, along with citrus juices should be avoided. Use a straw if you choose acidic drinks to avoid contact with the teeth. Citrus fruit and yogurt can also cause sensitivity, so eat sparingly. In what seems like opposition to most brushing advice, don’t do it right after a highly acidic meal or snack when enamel is softest. Drink a glass of milk to neutralize the acid and brush later.

Choose the softest bristled brush you can find. Brush twice a day softly with a non-abrasive toothpaste. Go with a sensitive toothpaste to help desensitize teeth and strengthen enamel. Make sure you floss at least once a day to keep the gum line and teeth clear of plaque.

Treat Tooth Sensitivity at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

Abbotsford, BC is home to one of the biggest and best family friendly dental clinics in Canada. Clayburn Dental is a full-service dental clinic with a team of dentists and specialists who are here to help you identify, rule out, and treat the causes of tooth pain and sensitivity. Give us a call at 604-582-8487or request your appointment online.

By : Clayburn Dental/September 20, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on What Causes Sensitive Teeth and How Can I Treat It?Read More

What Your Tongue Colour Is Telling You

What Does Tongue Colour Reveal About a Person’s Health?

Dental professionals examine more than just your teeth during check-ups. Tongue health can be an indicator for many overall health conditions. Colour, texture, and coating changes should be discussed with your team at Clayburn Dental. Oral cancer screenings are part of regular check-ups. Dentists look for red or white areas and ulcers. Herbalists and naturopaths inspect the tongue for signs of vitamin deficiencies and allergies, plus digestive and circulation issues.

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Red

When the body is lacking B vitamins or iron, the tongue tends to be bright red. Nutrient deficiencies zap energy and affect red blood cell growth and nervous system functioning.

Yellow

Inflamed papillae often trap bacteria resulting in a yellow tongue. Smoking, fever, dehydration, and mouth breathing can cause this type of inflammation.

Pale

Hemoglobin deficiencies often show up in the mouth as a pale tongue. It can also signal a build-up of debris from dead cells to bacteria within the papillae.

White

Oral thrush and dehydration are potential causes of a white tongue. Smoking and other irritants make a tongue white due to an excessive growth of cells called leukoplakia.

Purple or Blue

Purple or bluish tongues usually indicate circulation issues. High cholesterol, some heart problems, and chronic bronchitis affect the amount of oxygen that enters the bloodstream, often resulting in a purple tongue.

Brown

Whether an overall brown hue or a brown spot, it could be an early sign of melanoma. Make an appointment with your doctor or dentist right away.

What a Healthy Tongue Should Look Like

Think pink, with a light white coat. The coating is not too thick or thin on a healthy tongue. It is also free of cracks, sores, and ulcers. Texture-wise, a healthy tongue is a bit fuzzy thanks to small hairs called papillae between taste buds.

Tongue Coating and Texture Indicators

Since healthy digestion shows up as a light white coating, if the tongue’s coating is thick, shiny, red, or missing it is an indication something is awry. When the body’s systems experience the effects of overeating or eating an unhealthy diet, a thicker than normal tongue coat is often the result. Dehydration tends to make the tongue’s coat shiny, reddish, and wet looking. Exhaustion can manifest as a lack of a tongue coat altogether.

A dry tongue is often caused by swollen salivary glands due to a stress overload. If the tongue is both dry and furry, it could be caused by too much mucus.

Furrows and wrinkles that get deeper and more pronounced over time are pretty harmless. These grooves make spicy foods burn a bit more than usual and can make it difficult to keep the tongue bacteria free.

Bacterial and viral infections may show up as bumps on the tongue. Some food and medication allergies also cause bumps.

Tips for Improving Tongue Health

  • Keep your digestive system balanced with fermented foods.
  • Eat healthy more often than not. The 80/20 principle suggests we eat healthy meals 80 percent of the time with minimal indulgence the other 20 percent.
  • Foods rich in iron like lean red meat, shellfish, and nuts are essential for red blood cell health.
  • Brush at least twice a day and floss once. Use a tongue scraper to clean bacteria and debris from your tongue.
  • Certain tongue conditions benefit from the addition of garlic, ginger, coriander and other warming spices.
  • Cut tobacco and excessive alcohol use out of your life.

If you notice a change in your tongue, don’t be afraid to ask the team at Clayburn Dental. We are here to offer professional dental care when you notice something unusual in your mouth. Our dentists work to determine the cause and to correct underlying health issues. Give us a call at 604-582-8487.

By : Clayburn Dental/September 12, 2017/Abbotsford Dentist, Dental Care Tips/Comments Off on What Your Tongue Colour Is Telling YouRead More

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

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
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