Dental Care Tips

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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