Dental Care Tips

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

how to choose toothbrush - abbotsford dentistHow to Choose the Right Toothbrush

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

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
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