Dental Care Tips

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

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

Dental Care Tips for Seniors

Dental Care Checklist for Seniors

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

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

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Oral Hygiene Tips for Seniors

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

What to Watch Out for as You Age

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

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford Loves Taking Care of Seniors

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

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

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

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

Is Softer Really Better?

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

Electric vs. Manual

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

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

What About Toothbrush Head Size?

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

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

How Often Should I Replace My Brush?

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

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford Loves Talking About Toothbrushes

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

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

How to Take Care of Your Dentures

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

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Cleaning Your Dentures

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

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

Denture Care Tips and Tricks

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

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

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford Can Help With All Types of Dentures

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

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

How to Prevent Teeth Grinding

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

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The Signs of Teeth Grinding

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

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

Teeth Grinding Triggers — And Their Solutions

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

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

Effective Teeth Grinding Solutions at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

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

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

How to Prepare for Your First Day in Braces

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

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

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

What is it Like to Get Braces?

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

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

What to Expect on Your First Day With Braces

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

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

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

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

Expert Orthodontic Care at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

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

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