Dental Care Tips

How to Treat and Prevent Gingivitis

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

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

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

What Is Gingivitis and What Causes Gingivitis?

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

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

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

How to Prevent Gingivitis

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

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

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

How to Treat Gingivitis

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

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

Visit Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford to Cure Your Gingivitis

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

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

How to Clean Your Tongue Properly

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

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

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

Why Do I Need to Clean My Tongue?

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

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

Cleaning Your Tongue to Avoid Bad Breath and Gingivitis

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

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

Ways to Clean Your Tongue

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

Brush Your Tongue

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

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

Tongue-Cleaning Scrapers

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

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

How Often To Clean Your Tongue

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

Get a Cleaner Mouth at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

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

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

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

How to Treat Canker Sores

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

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

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

What Are Canker Sores?

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

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

Are Canker Sores Contagious?

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

What Causes Canker Sores?

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

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

How to Remedy Canker Sores

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

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

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

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

Speak With Us at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Healthier Teeth

New Year’s Tips for Better Dental Hygiene

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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

Dental Tips for a Healthy Halloween

Healthy Smiles at Halloween

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It’s that time of year again! Halloween is spooking up fast, and as fun as the holiday is for kids, it can wreak havoc on parents trying to keep their kids’ teeth healthy and clean.

Teaching your children responsible teeth-cleaning habits for their later years is also a difficult task every October 31st, as Halloween often sends mixed messages to kids about appropriate consumption levels of food notorious for tooth decay.

Halloween means lots of candy and sugary treats, which can damage tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of teeth, and increase the risk of plaque and cavities. Many parents are rightfully concerned about children overindulging in candy as well.

Thankfully, Halloween is also a perfect opportunity to instruct children on good dental-hygiene habits and reinforce best practices to maintain a clean and healthy smile—without ruining all of the fun for the kids!

Here are five tips to help keep your kids’ teeth healthy for Halloween in Abbotsford.

1. Avoid Sticky Foods

Most sticky candies, such as taffy, gummies and caramel-based treats, including toffee, do the most damage to your children’s teeth, because they are prone to sticking in hard-to-clean spots in the mouth, both in between teeth and in pits and grooves along teeth surfaces.

As a result, they are huge culprits for cavities, and should be avoided as much as possible. Plus the longer the candy remains stuck in the mouth, the higher the risk for cavities.

If this kind of candy is your children’s favourite and you don’t want to cause a scene by confiscating all of it, encourage the kids to eat the sticky candy in moderation and ask them to brush their teeth right afterwards. Compromising this way also helps to encourage the children’s participation in other Halloween rules for healthy smiles you’ll want to implement.

2. Brush Every Night After Eating Candy

The basics of proper teeth cleaning still apply of course. Brushing twice a day is highly recommended to help keep your kids’ teeth clean and healthy, but it is especially important around Halloween. Sugars from Halloween candy can remain in the mouth overnight, so brushing before bedtime becomes essential this time of year.

If your children indulge in a high proportion of sour candy, however, try to encourage them to not have any before bedtime brushing. Sour candies are more acidic than other types of candy, and brushing teeth right after eating sour candy can have the adverse effect of spreading the acid around teeth surfaces.

3. Be a Good Neighbourhood Parent on Halloween

When other children visit your Abbotsford home on Halloween during trick-or-treating, try to do your part and help make other parents’ jobs easier. Pass out low-sugar chocolate (most chocolate is easier to clean than sticky candy!), non-sugar treats and chewing gum.

Gum also stimulates the production of saliva in the mouth, which in turn helps to naturally clean teeth. Plus, the more you help out other parents on your block, the more you’ll encourage them to do their part too on Halloween!

4. Check Your Kids’ Treats

Ask your children not to eat any of their treats before getting home. Obviously inspect the candy to make sure there is nothing allergy-causing or dangerous, but also try to ensure there is a reasonable portion of healthier candies and get a good idea of how much sugar and sticky candies the kids have. This way, you can better gauge a strategy for moving forward on how much and when the kids can eat their candies while maintaining clean and healthy teeth.

5. Develop a Strategy With Your Children for Halloween Candy

Try to work out a system with your kids for how many candies they can consume in a day, the times of day that are appropriate for candy eating and for setting up candy as a reward for other good behaviour.

Portioning out the treats as surprises in school lunches and/or only encouraging candy after a large meal are great examples for moving forward. Plus, if you develop these plans with your kids, it will help them feel involved and better encourage the healthy-eating habits for their teeth.

Visit Your Abbotsford Dentists at Clayburn Dental for Our Popular Halloween Candy Buy Back

We are excited to announce our third-annual Halloween Candy Buy Back in Abbotsford, on November 1st and 2nd. For every pound of candy your child brings us, we will pay them $2 (up to a maximum of $20) and all of the candy will be donated to the Abbotsford Salvation Army.

The idea behind our event is to encourage Abbotsford children to eat candy in moderation, not to mention each year the kids get a kick out of earning a few bucks for donating their extra candy!

Also don’t forget to ensure your kids are scheduled for a check-up dental appointment after Halloween this year, so we can “treat” any problems that pesky Halloween candy might’ve caused.

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

By : Clayburn Dental/October 24, 2016/Abbotsford Childrens Dentist, Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More

3 Ways to Whiten Your Teeth on a Budget

Budget-Friendly Teeth Whitening Tips

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It’s a simple fact of life: the whiter your teeth, the bigger your smile. Everybody wants to get whiter teeth, but sometimes the myriad of options available, ranging from different dental techniques to a grocery-store shelf full of products, can be overwhelming.

Discoloured teeth, yellow teeth, teeth stains—all of these are considered undesirable in society. From pursuing job opportunities to romantic relationships, having gleaming white teeth provides confidence and added benefits in life.

But heavy teeth bleaching for whiter teeth isn’t for everybody, or maybe some people don’t have dental insurance. For others, quick results are a priority, so inexpensive teeth-whitening solutions are ideal.

However, some do-it-yourself methods aren’t as good as others. When living on a budget, you want to make sure the advice you’re getting for affordable teeth-whitening options is effective and will deliver the whiter teeth you desire!

That’s why here at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, we’ve put together our three best tips for getting whiter teeth on a budget.

1. Prevention – Keep Teeth Healthy for a Whiter Smile!

Doing everything you can to prevent your teeth from staining and getting yellow in the first place goes a long way towards whiter teeth and a healthy, beautiful smile.

Preventative dentistry is hugely important towards whiter teeth. Simple dental hygiene tips like brushing your teeth twice a day remains the single most effective and budget-conscious way of preventing tooth decay and teeth discolouration. Cutting back on alcohol, coffee, red wine and quitting smoking are all easy and proven ways to not only maintain good oral health but cosmetically keep tooth enamel strong and looking great.

With the right preventative care for your teeth in dental health, you’ll be on your way to the whitest teeth in Abbotsford while living on a family budget!

2. Whitening Toothpaste and Teeth-Whitening Products

A popular budget-friendly solution for people looking to affordably whiten their teeth while on a budget is to invest in special whitening toothpaste and over-the-counter teeth-whitening products.

Whitening toothpaste is inexpensive and can be bought at most drugstores and grocery stores. Typically they contain special abrasives to polish teeth and certain chemicals to break down, dissolve or cover-up stains, such as blue covarine. Be sure to look for whitening toothpaste with a seal of approval from the Canadian Dental Association so you know that it is safe and effective to use.

A lot of at-home teeth-whitening products such as gels and strips are also popular. A lot of these products are convenient for when you’re cash-strapped and seeking a quick solution for teeth a couple shades whiter within a few weeks. And although these products have varying degrees of effectiveness, for the most part they are capable of temporarily masking surface-level stains on the top layer of your teeth enamel. But be careful not to overuse them because that could lead to teeth looking unnaturally translucent and blue in colour.

3. DIY Home Teeth Whitening: Is It Effective?

There’s no shortage of cheap and custom-made, DIY solutions and advice for whitening your teeth with common household products. Many such solutions recommend combinations of all-natural products, so if you are on a tight budget, you have little to lose with trying some of them. Swishing your mouth with canola or vegetable oil for 20 minutes a day or brushing your teeth with small doses of baking soda and warm water are popular suggestions found online and overheard at dinner parties. Be mindful, however, that although these options are always affordable, results are sporadic, never guaranteed and rarely long-term.

Visit Your Abbotsford Dentist at Clayburn Dental for Professional Teeth Whitening

Of course, if at-home teeth-whitening solutions don’t deliver the more long-term and exceptionally beautiful results that you desire, the dental professionals at Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford, BC offer customizable and effective teeth-whitening services that fit all kinds of budgets. We fabricate custom-fitted moulds to wear with specially made teeth-whitening solution to tackle deep teeth stains on your natural tooth enamel.

Call us today at 604-852-8487 or request an appointment online and learn how we can help you achieve whiter teeth today!

By : Clayburn Dental/October 12, 2016/Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist, Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More

Top 10 Dental Hygiene Tips for a Beautiful Smile

Dental Hygiene Tips for Stronger, Healthier Teeth

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You’ve heard it time and time again — dental health is important. Healthy-looking gums and white teeth make all the difference in the world; you’ll feel more confident in life and look fantastic in those family-reunion photos too!

Oral health also goes a long way towards overall health too, in addition to a beautiful smile. Plaque, tooth decay and gum disease can all link to other infections and diseases throughout your body; keeping your teeth and gums clean is strong protection against a host of medical concerns because your mouth can be a harbour for bacteria.

For all of these reasons, simply going to your local Abbotsford dentist for dental cleaning checkups is only one piece of the puzzle. Incorporating good cleaning and preventative habits into your daily schedule for your oral health is an incredibly effective and even necessary factor to a strong and amazing-looking smile.

But in today’s busy, modern world, sometimes it can be easy to overlook or—gulp—even forget some of the basic but easy habits required for good oral health.

Clayburn Dental in Abbotsford has prepared these 10 best tips for a strong and healthy smile to help your teeth look amazing and become as healthy as ever!

1. Brush Your Teeth Properly and Regularly

This first tip sounds like an obvious one but sometimes people neglect brushing here and there when their days get busy. However, brushing your teeth twice a day remains the single most time-efficient, simple and effective way to maintain good oral health. Only 30 seconds per brush is all you need.

Make sure you’re doing it right though. Use up-and-down and back-and-forth brush motions along the outer surfaces of your teeth on both the front and back areas, while also paying attention to the gum lines. But be mindful to replace your toothbrush at least once every six months, as bristles can becomes less effective as they wear down and bacteria can also build up on them over time on them.

2. Don’t Forget to Floss!

All too often flossing gets overlooked even more than brushing your teeth does, but it’s just as important because toothbrushes can’t clean in between your teeth. It can feel like a chore sometimes but in reality it’s actually a very easy and quick habit that anyone can do in no time.

Flossing allows you to clean in the deep crevasses between your teeth and get rid of plaque and built-up material along the sides of your teeth and along the gums, so flossing once a day makes a huge positive difference towards your long-term oral health.

3. Avoid Over-Consuming Coffee!

We know, we know. Coffee reigns supreme in many Abbotsford households, not to mention across Canada. One cup of Joe in the morning won’t hurt – not only does it help wake you up, but coffee contains phosphorous, a mineral that contributes to a healthy mouth. However, too much phosphorous actually backfires by depleting your body’s calcium level, and calcium helps keep teeth enamel strong. Plus, too much coffee is a long-term factor to teeth staining, and nobody likes yellow teeth!

4. Quit Smoking

The health detriments to smoking are plentiful and well documented, but how tobacco affects your teeth is one of the most damaging, multifaceted and ostensible dangers of this bad habit. Smoking is guaranteed to cause bad breath and stained teeth, and it also increases your risk substantially of gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer.

5. Switch to Fluoride Mouthwash

Not all popular mouthwashes on the market have fluoride in them, but those that do provide a major boost to your oral health. A main ingredient in toothpaste, fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay and cavities, so fluoride mouthwash combined with brushing your teeth provides an extra line of defence for your oral health. Check the ingredients of your mouthwash the next time you’re visiting your local drug store or grocery store to make sure it contains fluoride.

6. Keep the Sweets to a Minimum

We all love candy or dessert every now and then, but sugary foods and beverages increase the risk of cavities when over-consumed. Try to only indulge in sugary tweets occasionally, avoid carbonated soft drinks such as cola when possible and plan a balanced and healthy meal schedule to make this process a lot easier.

7. Drink Lots of Milk

Milk is an excellent source of calcium, which helps strengthen teeth and decreases your odds of dental diseases. It goes great with cereal too, but remember, try to avoid sugary cereals!

8. Don’t Forget to Clean your Tongue

More than half of the bacteria that lives in your mouth is actually on your tongue. Plus, tongue bacteria contributes to bad breath, not to mention gum disease. Make sure to brush the top of your tongue each time you brush your teeth, or better yet, simply invest in specially made tongue cleaners that you can easily buy over-the-counter at most drug stores, since they can usually be more effective than toothbrushes.

9. Exercise

That’s right, exercise. Research shows that people who exercise regularly are 40% less likely to experience periodontitis, otherwise known as advanced gum disease.

10. Visit Your Abbotsford Dentist at Clayburn Dental Twice a Year

And finally, visit your dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning checkup. Not only do we help clean your teeth, but we also examine your oral health to help check for any concerns, prevent future problems and rectify current ones you might not even know you have.

Visit Clayburn Dental

The Abbotsford dentists at Clayburn Dental are accepting new patients and we are also kid-friendly. Call us today at 604-852-8487 or easily request an appointment online and learn how we can help your whole family get stronger, healthier, beautiful teeth today!

By : Clayburn Dental/September 28, 2016/Dental Care Tips/ CommentsRead More
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