Abbotsford Family Dentist

Abbotsford dentist: What’s the best age for your children’s first dental visit?

Our Abbotsford cosmetic dentist says that many children’s dentists and orthodontists think that the optimum time to begin visiting your family dentist is when your child’s first teeth erupt and they feel that you should not wait later than the child’s first birthday. This advice is also endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Though it may seem that this is a very young age, there’s an excellent reason: it’s important to start off right and you want your child to be familiar with both dental hygiene and with all the dental professionals who will assist them as well as your entire family to take care of their oral health.

During your child’s first appointment, your Abbotsford dentist will give you all the instructions you’ll require to ensure your child’s optimum oral health and they will also offer advice about dental hygiene care and diet.

Comprehensive dental examinations can really only be performed when your child is able to cooperate with the dentist. In most cases, you’ll know when your child is at that stage. But, there’s a difference between being able to cooperate and actually wanting to cooperate.

It will help a great deal if you introduce your little one to the idea of having their teeth worked on long before you set their first dental appointment.

Taking the child to the dentist for their first visit when their teeth first begin erupting will also help you teach them the habit of good dental hygiene. We all know that it can be difficult to get a little one to enjoy brushing and flossing their teeth.

Your Abbotsford children’s dentist will probably suggest beginning your dental hygiene by wiping the teeth with a damp rag after your little one eats or drinks as this wil help them to get used to having their teeth cleaned.

As they become used to this and begin getting teeth, you can then move on to brushing and flossing. Your dental hygienist will demonstrate the best ways to do this during your first visits. Starting with a toothbrush and toothpaste early is a crucial step in making sure that your child learns good oral hygiene habits and minimizes cavities. It’s also crucial to remember that your child should never swallow or eat the toothpaste! Start with a dab of fluoridated toothpaste about the size of a pea.

At Clayburn Dental, we enjoy kids and we know that they like to have fun. That’s why we offer a Kids Familiarization Tour which gives your children an opportunity to visit with the dental professionals and to enjoy a ‘chair ride’, look in the dental mirror and, have fun with the water squirter in an informal and relaxed manner.

Kids also love our dedicated Kid’s play area which is where kids of any age can play, read books, play video games and generally entertain themselves while waiting for their appointment or while waiting for mom or dad to finish their appointment.

Please call us or use our online request booking form to set up a time to bring your little ones to visit. We also offer school tours, so tell your children’s school about this – we love to arrange for groups of students to visit and see how easy and fun it is to get started on a lifetime of good dental health.

By : Clayburn Dental/December 16, 2015/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist/ CommentsRead More

Calcium and Your Oral Health

The Benefits of Calcium for Your TeethThere’s a recurring news story about calcium supplements that a number of patients have found worrisome and confusing. It’s worth touching on and it reminded me that really, it’s an opportunity to talk to you about calcium’s importance to overall and oral health.

First the worrisome story. In August 2010 The British Medical Journal published a review of studies about women at risk for fractures and loss of bone density. Surprisingly, they discovered that women taking calcium supplements had a modest increased risk of heart attacks and no benefit from the supplements. Their recommendation seems reasonable: a reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in osteoporosis management.

Yet if you are over 60, your physician may recommend a calcium intake of 1,000-1,200 mg per day. If you have any concerns about the relative benefits of starting or continuing with supplements, I encourage you to discuss them with your physician. Their value to you depends on your individual health status as well as your diet.

Any balanced diet isn’t complete without calcium, the main nutritional mineral needed for building strong teeth and bones, which contain 99% of the body’s supply. However, the remaining 1% circulates in the blood to aid heart function, blood clotting, the conduction of nerve impulses, and muscle contraction.

If the level of calcium does not remain constant and adequate, your body can pull calcium from your bones which, over time, will lead to osteoporosis which can result in broken bones. Inadequate calcium intake has also been linked to health issues such as hypertension and toxemia in pregnancy, which is characterized by high blood pressure.

In general, experts believe that North Americans, particularly adults, do not consume enough calcium each day. But how much calcium do you need for a lifetime of healthy teeth and bones?

The most effective amount for adults is from 800-1,200 mg of calcium a day combined with a good exercise program. Remember vitamin D3 for helping your body absorb calcium.

Calcium is especially important for growing children. We recommend 500-700 mg a day of calcium for children depending on their age and significantly more for teenagers and expectant or nursing mothers.

Many things we eat and drink have calcium in them, with dairy products usually being your best source. Adults can get their recommended daily amount by drinking 3-4 glasses of milk or an equivalent measure of yogurt or cheese (1½ ounces of cheese equals an eight-ounce glass of milk). You can add milk to soups, sauces, and desserts. Coffee cream, artificial creamer, and whipped topping as well as cream cheese, sour cream, and whipping cream, contain little or no calcium, but you can replace sour cream or cream cheese with fat-free yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar.

If you can’t tolerate dairy, then fortified alternatives made from almonds, soy, or rice are an option, as well as fresh vegetables such as spinach, broccoli and collard greens, and canned seafood like sardines and salmon. Nuts like almonds are also high in calcium.

Regardless of your age, calcium provides many benefits for your oral and overall health. If you’re not sure you’re getting enough dietary calcium, please ask your physician or our dental team, to suggest ways to achieve the calcium intake that’s right for you.

By : Stephen Wall/November 07, 2014/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Community, General, Oral Health/ CommentsRead More

Mint – Not Just for Bad Breath!

Mints - Not Just for Bad Breath!You probably associate mint with toothpaste or breath freshener, but since time immemorial, its essential oil has been used as an herbal remedy and as a distinct flavoring for food. Today, both peppermint and spearmint continue to be very popular for cooking, and if you don’t grow your own, mint can easily be found at the local grocer. Try these 7 mint hints: steam vegetables with mint in the water, mix chopped mint with butter to use on boiled potatoes, freeze whole mint leaves in ice cubes for tea or lemonade, add mint to your home-made oil and vinegar salad dressing, use it to garnish desserts, vegetables, or roasts, and chew some fresh mint to cleanse your palate and your breath!

By : Stephen Wall/October 08, 2014/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, General/ CommentsRead More

Eating Nutritious Food is as Important as Not Eating Junk

Eating Nutritious FoodEating more nutritious food is probably just as important as staying away from sticky, sugary, cavity-causing foods. Carrots, just one example of foods that give your oral health a boost, can act like a toothbrush by scraping away some of the bacteria and plaque on teeth. High in beta-carotene, carrots may also lower your risk of oral cancer. (There is also evidence that beta-carotene may even help people who already have some forms of oral cancer.) In one study, just 30mg of beta-carotene a day (about 2½ carrots) produced improvement in up to 70% of cases of people with leukoplakia, the white lesions in the mouth that can mark the early stages of oral cancer.

By : Stephen Wall/September 05, 2014/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Abbotsford Orthodontist, General, Othodontics, Uncategorized/ CommentsRead More

May 2013 Abbotsford Dentist Newsletter

A look behind the scenes at the goings on of your Abbotsford Dentist Clayburn Dental. This month we take a look at trauma in children’s teeth, the benefits of crowns and bridges, plus a Wild Dental Trivial contest that could win you an iPod Shuffle!

Clayburn Dental, Abbotsford’s Dentist for over 25 years. Now Open Sundays. New Patients and Children Always Welcome.

By : Stephen Wall/May 16, 2013/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, General, Newsletter/ CommentsRead More

FREE Oral Cancer Screenings as Heard on Country 107.1

Clayburn Dental will be offering no charge oral cancer screenings April 28th from NOON to 3pm.

Clayburn Dental will be offering no charge oral cancer screenings April 28th from NOON to 3pm.

In honour of Oral Health Month Clayburn Dental is offering Complimentary Oral Cancer Screenings on Sunday April 28th, 2013 from NOON to 3pm.

Listen to the latest advertisement describing the FREE Oral Cancer Screenings at Clayburn Dental.  As heard on Abbotsford, BC radio station Country 107.1

A 3 minute screening could save your life. This year in the US 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer. That’s one person every hour of every day, and over 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening using the Velscope Oral Cancer Screening System.

Please take a moment to join us April 28th between NOON and 3pm.

By : Stephen Wall/April 19, 2013/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Community/ CommentsRead More

FREE Oral Cancer Screenings Sunday April 28th

Clayburn Dental is offering FREE Oral Cancer Screenings on Sunday April 28th from 12pm to 3pm

Early Detection Saves Lives   

In honour of Oral Cancer Awareness Month,  Clayburn Dental will be offering free oral cancer screenings on Sunday April 28th from NOON to 3pm at Suite 400-3033 Immel St  Abbotsford, BC  V2S 6S2. Oral cancer is not a rare disease. Approximately 42,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year in the US. It kills one person every hour of every day, and over 100 new individuals will be diagnosed with it each day. The good news is that it can often be found early in its development, through a simple, painless, and quick screening.

Who should get screened?

Every adult. Oral cancer can often be caught early, even as a pre-cancer. With early detection, survival rates are high and the side effects are from treatment are at their lowest. Like other screenings you engage in such as cervical, skin, prostate, colon and breast examinations, oral cancer screenings are an effective means of finding cancer at its early, highly curable stages. Make them part of your annual health check-ups.

What are the risk factors?

There are two distinct pathways by which most people come to oral cancer. One is through the use of tobacco and alcohol, a long term historic problem and cause, and the other is through exposure to the HPV16 virus (human papilloma virus version 16), which is now the leading cause of oral cancers in the US, and the same one, which is responsible for the vast majority of cervical cancers in women. The quickest growing segment of the oral cancer population are young, healthy, non-smokers due to the connection to this virus.

Early Indicators:

Red and/or white discolourations of the soft tissues of the mouth. 

Any sore which does not heal within 14 days. 

Hoarseness which lasts for a prolonged period of time. 

Advanced Indicators:

A sensation that something is stuck in you throat. 

Numbness in the oral region. 

Difficulty in moving the jaw or tongue. 

Difficulty in swallowing. 

Ear pain which occurs on one side only. 

A sore under a denture, which even after adjustment of the denture, still does not heal.

A lump or thickening which develops in the mouth or on the neck.  

An oral cancer screening should be conducted every year, so take advantage of this free offer and get screened today.  Call 604-852-8487 or go to for details about this complimentary screening.

For more information about oral cancer, please log onto The Oral Cancer Foundation’s official website at

By : Stephen Wall/April 18, 2013/Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, General/ CommentsRead More

Abbotsford Dentist Blog

Your Abbotsford dentist along with all of the staff at Clayburn Dental Centre are proud to announce the launch of our new website. We hope to provide you with the same comfortable atmosphere that you can expect at our office and give you the same top notch service and advice that you have come to expect from the expert staff at Clayburn Dental Centre.

You’ll find great dental health advice in the form of articles and videos on this blog – please let us know if there are any topics you’d like to see covered here.

By : Elena Canete/December 21, 2012/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Abbotsford Dentist, Abbotsford Family Dentist, Abbotsford Orthodontist, General, Othodontics/ CommentsRead More