Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry Listed as Top 3 Dentists in Surrey, BC!

We are pleased to announce that we have been listed as one of the Top 3 Dentists in Surrey! We were chosen based on providing consistent high quality in dentistry.

The team at “Three Best Rated” checks everything from reputation, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost, and general excellence as a way of selecting businesses.

So…if you are looking for an award-winning family and cosmetic dentist in the Surrey area, CALL US: 604-593-8201. We would absolutely love to have you and/or your child as a new patient!

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The Eruption of Milk Teeth

If someone told you that newborn babies have teeth, you would probably look at them strange. Sure, they do not have visible teeth, but you may be surprised to know that they actually have 20 fully formed “milk” teeth, also known as primary or baby teeth, already formed under their gums.

Between ages 2.5 and 3, all of the milk teeth have broken through the gums. This is known as “teething”. Read more about how to soothe a teething baby.

They usually show up in this order:

  1. The front teeth – upper and lower (these are the central incisors)
  2. The teeth next to the front teeth – upper and lower (these are the lateral incisors)
  3. First set of molars – upper and lower (placed one space away from the incisors to leave room for the canines to grow between)
  4. Canine teeth – upper and lower – enable the baby to consume more texturized foods
  5. Second set of molars – upper and lower
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This completes the set of 20 teeth.

Want an approximate timeline for when these teeth can be expected?

  • At approx. 15 months, babies usually have 8 teeth
  • At approx. 19 months, babies usually have 12 teeth
  • At approx. 23 months, babies usually have 16 teeth
  • At approx. 27 months, babies usually have 20 teeth

When do permanent teeth begin to appear?

Kids start to lose their baby teeth at around age 6, when their permanent teeth start to appear.  This continues for about 6 years, so by age 12, kids have a full set of permanent teeth.

Even though baby teeth are meant to fall out, it is very important that good oral hygiene is maintained to prevent tooth decay or damage to the permanent teeth growing under the baby teeth. Aside from that, they need healthy teeth to eat and speak normally.

Ensure that you do not let your baby fall asleep with a bottle, as this can lead to tooth decay.  Too much time with the bottle can also lead to attachment issues, where your baby becomes too dependent on having the bottle around. Check out these common questions about baby teeth.

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Do You Know How to Care for Your Dog’s Teeth?

Your furry friend relies on you to ensure they have a healthy mouth and teeth. If your dog has dental problems, they can be as much of a concern as they are for humans. Poor dental hygiene can lead to serious issues like heart, kidney, and liver disease, not to mention gingivitis, plaque, and tartar buildup.

Check for any of the following signs on a regular basis and see your vet if any of these are present:

• Change in eating or chewing habits   how to brush dogs teeth
• Depressed – not being their usual happy self
• Stinky breath
• Pawing at the mouth or face
• Drooling to excess
• Missing, discolored, broken, crooked, or misaligned teeth
• Sore red and bleeding gums
• Tartar crust along the gumline (brownish-yellow)
• Growths or bumps in the mouth

Follow these dental cleaning tips for dogs:

Start the teeth cleaning process when they are a puppy if possible. It can be more challenging to start this with an adult dog if they are not used to it.

Do NOT use human toothpaste. Fluoride can be poisonous to dogs. You MUST buy toothpaste specially formulated and safe for dogs.

Buy a double-headed toothbrush at the pet store for dogs that has the brushes angled at 45 degrees. This will enable you to clean below the gumline.

The best time to try to brush their teeth would be when they are relaxed – after a lot of exercise for example. If they are too hyper, it will feel like a losing battle because it will be difficult for them to stay still.

It’s better to brush for shorter periods of time until they get used to it. It’s important not to force it on them.

Speak to them in a calming voice. Getting impatient with them will only work against you.

Reward them after for good behavior. They will then associate teeth brushing with a tasty treat after. People aren’t the only ones who like an incentive after all!

It is better to feed your dog hard and crunchy food vs. soft food because soft can end up sticking to teeth, which can lead to tooth decay.

Give your dog bones and toys from a pet store to chew on to ensure that they are safe. If objects are too hard they could actually break teeth. Chewing on things can help strengthen teeth and get rid of buildup.

Take your dog to get a checkup at the veterinarian every six to twelve months. It can save you lots of money in the long run, and possibly even save your dog’s life!

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3 Ways to Help Kids Overcome the Fear of Going to the Dentist

People often equate fear with going to the dentist, no matter how old they are. It is important as a parent to try to prevent or at least minimize this fear as best as possible.  kids fear of the dentist

How can you do this?

  1. Talk positively about going to the dentist. Even if you aren’t speaking directly to your child about the dentist in a less than favorable way, they pick up on things. This also doesn’t mean that you should oversell it as if it is like going to the carnival. Less is more when it comes to details.If they see you are fearful, they will also be fearful…often before they even get to have the experience themselves. The key is to make them feel relaxed and comfortable, as if they are just going to a trip to the grocery store. No big deal.

  2. Stay away from using negative words like “pain” or “hurt”. Focus instead on using words that will make them feel like they are going to be healthier and stronger after their dental visit. The key is to keep the vocabulary positive and light.

  3. Get them excited that they will get a treat and/or toothbrush as a gift from the dentist. This will boost their confidence and make them look forward to future visits. That said, don’t promise them a treat after leaving the dentist office if they don’t cause a fuss and are on good behavior. This can actually work against you because it can actually make them wonder “What is going to happen at the dentist that my mom is thinking I may cause a fuss?!”

Looking for a kids dentist in Surrey who goes the extra mile to put your child at ease? Call us at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry! We do our best to give children a very positive and happy experience.






Summer Dental Tips – Take Care of Your Teeth!

Summer is such a busy type of year, which is great…however, when you’re extra active, it can be easier to neglect your regular dental routine. It’s so important to care for your teeth regardless because who needs to get a toothache or some other dental problem during the best time of the year?  summer dental tips surrey

  • Ideally, you should book an appointment with your dentist for a check-up and a cleaning before you depart on any vacations. That way, if anything is wrong, you can catch it before you run into further problems. Plus, you can’t beat having nice, clean teeth while you’re away!
  • Pack your toothbrush and a small toothpaste in your purse / bag so that you have easy access to it while you are on a roadtrip, or during a layover at an airport. You don’t want to let your teeth go hours and hours without a good brushing. Not to mention, they will just feel more comfortable and your breath will be more fresh. If you are unable to brush somewhere, be sure to have some dental floss on you as well – perfect for in between meals.
  • Try to make water your priority drink. Not only is it essential for hydration in the warmer weather, it is easy on your teeth! Avoid sugary drinks as much as possible.
  • People usually consume more alcohol than usual in July and August, but try not to over-indulge. You definitely want to steer clear of cocktails that are loaded with sugar or lots of fizz. Drink as healthy as possible and drink responsibly!
  • Your lips act as a shield to protect your teeth, so be sure to also protect your lips by using a lip balm with SPF in it.
  • If you have spare retainers or dentures, bring them. You’ll never know if you run into a problem and need an “emergency” pair. It’s not exactly easy to get these while you are travelling.
  • Use a mouthguard for outdoor sporting activities and swimming. You can never be too cautious. It’s much better to be proactive than reactive when it comes to your teeth.
  • Look into getting travel insurance that includes emergency dental coverage. This is worth it just for the peace of mind.

The staff at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry in Surrey wishes everyone a safe and happy summer! We hope to see you for your pre-vacation dental appointment soon! Call us now: 604-593-8201.

20 Fun Facts About Teeth & Oral Health

Did you know…?

  • The average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth during their lifetime.
  • Your smile is the first thing that 47% of people will notice about you.
  • The most popular color of toothbrush is blue.   fun facts about teeth
  • Whiter teeth can lead to greater success in work and dating.
  • Tooth decay is the second most common disease in the world (after the common cold).
  • If you drink 3+ glasses of pop each day, you have 62% more chance of getting cavities and possibly even lose your teeth.
  • 50% of adults in North America had no teeth left 100 years ago.
  • The hardest substance in the entire body is enamel.
  • Teeth are as unique as fingerprints – no two people in the world have the same set of teeth.
  • Flossing cleans 35% to 40% more of your teeth. That’s how important it is to floss every day!
  • Right-handed people tend to chew more on the right side…and vice versa for the left.
  • The animal that only has bottom teeth is the giraffe – no teeth on top!
  • Few people brush for a full 2 minutes – and are instead brushing from 45 to 70 seconds on average. (Set a timer to ensure you are brushing for the full 2 minutes!)
  • Diseases like diabetes, heart disease and osteoporosis are linked to oral health.
  • There are more than 300 types of bacteria in plaque.
  • One third of your teeth are hidden by your gums.
  • A snail can have over 25,000 teeth!
  • Elephants grind their molars and grow new ones up to 6 times in their lifetime.
  • The blue whale has no teeth.
  • More than ever, adults are getting orthodontic treatment – it’s not just kids anymore!

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Do’s & Don’ts After Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

It’s important to be well informed about how to take care of your mouth after getting your wisdom teeth removed. The better you know how to take care of your mouth, the sooner you will recover.

Here is a list of tips to help you through your wisdom teeth journey:

  • Start taking painkillers immediately after your procedure. You may feel like you don’t need any if the freezing is still in, but you will. It’s better to be proactive than wait until you are in a lot of pain. Your dentist or dental surgeon will tell you what to take or you may be provided with a prescription.
  • Take antibiotics as directed, and be sure to finish the whole prescription.  do's don't wisdom teeth removal
  • Take it easy! All you should be doing is resting. Everything else in your life can wait. You need to put yourself first!
  • When sleeping, keep your head propped up with pillows.
  • Don’t exercise for at least 24 hours. (You likely won’t feel like exercising anyways.)
  • No heavy lifting for 2 to 3 days. Ask someone else to help you if you need something moved.
  • Control bleeding as per the instructions from your dentist or dental surgeon. If you are unsure of anything, call them! They are there to help you get through this.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth for 24 hours. After 24 hours have passed, you should rinse your mouth very gently four times a day with warm salt water. This will help remove pieces of food and keep your mouth clean.
  • Refrain from spitting out with any type of force. Again, always think “gentle”.
  • Be extra careful when brushing near where your tooth was removed. You want to ensure you don’t disturb the blood clot. Instead, wipe the area with a fresh, wet gauze pad.
  • Keep your fingers away from where the tooth was extracted. You need to keep this area as clean as possible.
  • Liquids and soft foods are your friends for the first couple of days. Think milkshakes, soup, yogurt, mashed potatoes.
  • Stay away from anything spicy, hot, carbonated, or alcoholic for 3 to 4 days, as this can really irritate the area.
  • Don’t suck anything through a straw – the pressure could end up dislodging the blood clot.
  • If you smoke, try your best not to…AT LEAST for the first 24 hours, but ideally for several days. Again, this can dislodge the blood clot and interrupt the healing process. (Maybe this is even the ideal time to quit completely! Read more: Top Reasons to Quit Smoking for Oral Health.)
  • Apply ice packs as per the instructions given by your dentist or surgeon to keep swelling at bay.
  • Gently stretch your mouth (without over-exerting it) from time to time so that it doesn’t get stiff.

If you have any questions, concerns, or require any clarification, call your dental office without hesitation.

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Do You Know the History of Toothpaste & Oral Hygiene?

Can you believe that brushing teeth only became popular during World War II? Back in the day, people didn’t have the opportunity to take care of their teeth like we do today.

As people aged, their teeth would rot, become super painful, and would eventually need to be pulled out. Ouch! There was no such   did you knowthing as 6-month dental checkups or cleanings. There was no way of detecting or filling cavities. And…there definitely was no such thing as dental implants or dentures!

People used to use things like charcoal, chalk, lemon juice, ashes, and even with a mixture of honey and tobacco to clean their teeth! Just reading that is enough to make you squirm…and practically makes you want to go and brush your teeth immediately!

Today, we are so fortunate to have the means and technology to have clean and healthy teeth. Let this be your motivation to not take it for granted!

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Why Your Teeth Can Hurt When You Have a Cold

No one likes dealing with a pesky cold or flu…but what can make these illnesses even more bothersome is when your teeth start to hurt too. It’s unfortunately very common to have this type of painful pressure on your teeth, in addition to the regular symptoms like nasal congestion, achy joints, sinus pressure, fever, and sore throat.

Why does this happen?

Upper molars and premolars and their nerves are close to your upper sinus. When your sinus is infected / inflamed from being sick, your upper teeth are affected, which makes them hurt.

Where does it hurt?  why teeth hurt when have a cold

Most often, the pain is found where your teeth meet your gums or in the upper part of your teeth. It’s a dull ache vs. a throbbing ache, but can feel very uncomfortable and is definitely not a welcome addition when you are already feeling terrible.

Is there a way I can prevent this from happening?

Unfortunately, there isn’t really anything that can be done to prevent this type of pain. It’s the sort of thing you just have to deal with until you feel better. It is a good idea, however, to stay away from drinking anything that is too hot or too cold due to teeth being extra sensitive at this time.

The best thing you can do for yourself is drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest, take over-the-counter medication as recommended by your doctor, and simply just wait it out. Eating healthy foods and good oral hygiene is key as well.

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