Signs Your Tooth Enamel May Be Eroding

Your tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body, containing 96% minerals. It cannot be regenerated once it is lost, which is why it is crucial that you do your best to protect it. When it wears away, your teeth become more vulnerable to cavities, chips, and cracks.

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Here are the top signs that your enamel may be eroding:

Your Teeth are Yellowing

  • Dentin (a dense, hard, and bony tissue) is found under your enamel and has a natural yellowish colour. That said, if your teeth are appearing more yellow, it may be because you have less enamel and the dentin is then able to show through more easily.

You Have Dents on Your Teeth

  • Referred to as “cupping”, you may start to notice indentations on your teeth.

Your Teeth are Sensitive

  • If your teeth are extra sensitive to very cold or very hot or if you feel a quick jolt of pain when you eat very sugary foods.

You Notice Cracks or Chips in Your Teeth

  • Are you noticing tiny cracks or chips in your teeth? Weaker teeth means your teeth are becoming less defensive against biting and chewing.

If you notice any of these signs, please see your dentist as soon as possible so that you can prevent the erosion from worsening.

Looking for a family-friendly, cosmetic, or emergency dentistry in Surrey? Call us today at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry: 604-593-8201

 

Is Sparkling Water Good for Your Teeth?

Water is clearly (pun intended) the best thing to drink for when it comes to your body and your teeth. But if you have ever wondered how sparkling water compares, this post is for YOU!

Anything with “sparkling” in the label means that it is carbonated, and all carbonated drinks have a higher acid level. That is why there is concern that sparkling water could weaken your tooth enamel. However, studies have been done comparing regular water with sparkling water, and they have concluded that even though the sparkling water is slightly more acidic, it’s safe for your teeth. sparkling water teeth

Please note that the same cannot be said for FLAVORED sparkling water. If the sparkling water is citrus-flavoured for example, it will have higher levels of acid. More acid = more chance of harming your tooth enamel. Your tooth enamel is the hard outer shell of your teeth that does not rebuild itself. Once it’s gone, it’s gone, which is why it is so important to protect it.

If you are going to consume flavored sparkling water, it is best to combine it with a meal. It’s not the type of thing that you want to be sipping on throughout the day and definitely not the type of thing that you want to keep on your bedside table at night.

At the end of the day, there is absolutely nothing better for your teeth than regular water, so it’s wise to make that your top choice!

For family, cosmetic, and emergency dentistry in Surrey, BC, come to Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry! Call us to book an appointment today: 604-593-8201.

 

 

 

Don’t Procrastinate When it Comes to Your Oral Health

Have you ever been in a position where you feel like something is off with your body, but then you spend a little too much time on Google self-diagnosing to the point where you are scared to get checked out? Well, that is pretty much the worst thing you can do. You NEED to make yourself a priority and put yourself first, especially if you feel like something is off to prevent it from getting worse.

And this isn’t only when it comes to going to the doctor. It includes your oral health too! Many people are actually surprised to know that your oral health can negatively affect the rest of your body too.

If you have any of these issues, please book an appointment to see your dentist asap:

  • Any type of oral pain, sores, or spots urgent dental issues
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Chronic bad breath, which is also affecting your mental well-being (confidence and self-esteem)
  • Bleeding or puffy gums after you brush or floss
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • If you feel like something is off with your filling, dental implants, or crowns
  • If your dentures are uncomfortable or not fitting properly
  • If your jaw pops or hurts when chewing, opening, and closing

Please note, it is also important to have a close relationship with your dental clinic if any of the following apply to you:

  • If you smoke or use chewing tobacco – you are at more risk for oral cancer
  • If you are undergoing medical treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation
  • If you suffer from diabetes, an eating disorder, heart disease, or if you are HIV positive
  • If you are pregnant – don’t shy away from the dentist during these nine months

And regardless if you have any of the above issues or not, everyone must see their dentist every six months for a regular cleaning and checkup to keep things in check and prevent problems from developing.

If you are located in Surrey, we would love to have you as a patient at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry. Call us to book an appointment for you or your whole family today: 604-593-8201.

Do You Know Much About Cleft Lips and Cleft Palates?

You have probably heard of a cleft lip and a cleft palate, but do you know much about them?

Sadly, they both happen during fetal development. It is a defect that may either be genetic in nature, or due to the result of something that the mother was exposed to during pregnancy.

In a cleft lip, parts of the face that form the upper lift remain split, instead of sealing together before birth. These same type of splits can also happen in the roof of the mouth or palate, resulting in a cleft palate. A baby may be born with just one or both.

Other issues that may arise from a cleft lip or a cleft palate include:

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  • Difficulty eating
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Ear infections

It can be really hard on children as they grow up because they these defects affect their appearance, resulting in lack of confidence or poor self-esteem. There is good news though – both can be corrected with surgery, most commonly when the baby is between three and six months old. More severe defects may take more than one surgery.

If you know or suspect that your baby has either of these, and it was not noticed at birth, visit your doctor and dentist asap and get informed about possible treatments.

If you are looking for a dentist in Surrey, we would love to help you out at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry. Give us a call today: 604-593-8201.

So You Think Smokeless Tobacco Must Be Safer? Think Again…

More people have cut down on smoking over the years due to an increase in education, but according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the usage of smokeless tobacco (also known as chewing tobacco) has actually been on the increase since 2000. Quite alarming, right? In most cases, this is because it is perceived as less dangerous because it cannot be inhaled, therefore, has a much lower risk of leading to lung cancer. smokeless tobacco

When people use chewing tobacco, the chew sits along the gum line in the mouth, as the person sucks on it. Doesn’t sound too appetizing, does it?!

This then causes saliva to build up, which is why people who chew tobacco will often spit. It is actually quite common among baseball players.

Nicotine is then absorbed into the bloodstream via the tissues in the mouth.

So then, you may have a much lower risk of lung cancer, but what about oral cancer? Oral cancer is a very serious disease to treat and can cause death.

Here are some of the frightening effects of oral cancer:

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  • Decreased saliva in mouth
  • Loss of speech
  • Harder to eat
  • Head, neck, or facial disfigurement

And if that’s not enough to scare you (although I hope it is), well, you are sure to also have bad breath, stained teeth, sores in the mouth, bleeding or cracked lips, and even receding gums. And you know what receding gums can lead to? Tooth loss! And on top of that, it can definitely affect your dating and professional life.

Smokeless tobacco can also lead to:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • High blood pressure

All of which can put you at a higher risk of stroke, brain damage, and heart attack.

The moral of the story: no one wins with any type of tobacco product. Get the help to quit now!

Also, book an appointment with your dentist regularly for a checkup, cleaning, and so they can also check for any signs of oral cancer or other related issues. Call Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry for dental services in Surrey, BC.

 

Happy Holidays!

All of the dentists, dental hygienists, and office staff at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry would like to wish all of our lovely patients a warm, safe, and happy holiday season. Take it easy on the treats though and be sure to brush after meals!

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2018 was a great year and we look forward to seeing you again in 2019 to keep your smile healthy and bright!

Be sure to book your appointments for your 6 month check-ups and cleanings. Should something not feel right, do not wait for your 6 month appointment. Book in to see us as soon as possible. It is always much better to be proactive that reactive and catch things sooner than later if there is a problem. Not to mention, it can save you more money in the long run too!

Sending our best,

The Staff of Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry in Surrey, BC

Everyone Loves a White Christmas…

Many of the popular Christmas songs idealize the thought of having snow on Christmas Day, because it makes it that much more special. The same could be said for teeth in terms of having a beautiful white smile to make you feel more joyful and confident in showing it off!

If you are stuck on gift ideas (especially for the person who seems to have it all), what about dental products? Everyone needs them and they never go out of style! Not to mention, this sort of thing is a much healthier gift than a box of chocolates.

Here are some gift and stocking stuffer ideas: dental stocking stuffer

  • Electric toothbrushes – battery operated ones decorated with cartoon characters for kids or more high-end ones like Oral B, Pursonic, or Sonicare for teens of adults
  • Replacement heads for electronic toothbrushes (these are great for people to have on hand, because they often use their current toothbrush head much longer than they should)
  • Waterpik – more effective than dental floss to reduce plaque & gum disease
  • Easy teeth flossers (a nice change from the regular dental floss
  • Good quality toothpaste for adults
  • Fun, glittery toothpaste for kids
  • A timer to help people track that they are brushing for at least 2 minutes – pick out a cute one for kids to give them an extra boost of motivation
  • Good quality mouthwash (this is great for family stocking stuffers as a combo with other dental items, but you probably won’t want to give this to friends or they may get offended and think you are trying to hint to them that they have bad breath)
  • Nice toothbrush holder for the bathroom counter
  • Travel toothbrush set for vacation or to easily keep in a handbag for everyday use
  • Sugar free gum such as Excel or Dentyne to chew after meals when it isn’t possible to brush right away

Knowing that you are positively contributing to someone’s health and well-being will make you feel great too! That’s what the Christmas spirit is all about after all, right?

If you or your children need a dental cleaning before or after the holidays, call us at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry today: 604-592-8201.

 

 

Did You Know that Coconut Oil is Good for Your Teeth?

In recent years, coconut oil (extracted from coconut meat) has become a household item because it has been linked to numerous health benefits. Did you also know that it is also good for your teeth?

Coconut oil is a unique fat because it is made of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). It is metabolized differently than the long-chain fatty acids present in other foods.

50% of coconut oil is made of lauric acid, which makes it the richest source of lauric acid. Your body breaks down lauric acid into monolaurin. Both of these kill harmful viruses, fungi, and bacteria that can cause bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay.

So how do you use it to aid in the health of your mouth?

Through oil-pulling. coconut oil for oil pulling

What is oil-pulling you ask…?

Oil pulling is a practice that started in India thousands of years ago that involves swishing oil in your mouth. It “pulls” the bacteria from your mouth.

The fatty acids in the oil attract and trap bacteria, which means that each time you oil pull, you are removing harmful bacteria and plaque from your mouth.

How do you oil-pull?

  • Put approx. one tbsp in your mouth
  • Swish it around your mouth for 15 to 20 minutes, ensuring that you push and pull it between your teeth
  • Spit the oil in the trash when you are done (avoid spitting it in the sink because it can clog pipes)
  • Brush and floss your teeth

Benefits of oil-pulling:

  • Reduces plaque
  • Fights gum disease (gum inflammation)
  • Helps prevent tooth decay (coconut oil attacks two types of bacteria that are mainly responsible for tooth decay – Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus)
  • Helps prevent tooth loss
  • Can help whiten teeth
  • Makes your mouth feel fresher throughout the day

When is the ideal time of day to oil-pull? morning oil pulling

The best time of day to oil-pull is right when you wake up, before you eat breakfast or drink anything. If you do it the same time every day, it can then easily become a habit in short order.

It’s pretty amazing how something so simple can positively affect your health. Give it a try!

Looking for family or cosmetic dentistry in Surrey? Give us a call and book an appointment today: 604-593-8201.

 

Removing Plaque is NOT a Do-It-Yourself Project

You may have seen plaque scrapers for sale at a store or online before and thought “I don’t have to even go to the dentist?! I can actually do this myself at home?”  don't remove plaque from your teeth at home

There are reasons why your dentist and dental hygienist have formal education – they are the ONLY ones who should ever be removing plaque from your teeth. Part of this education is having extensive training as to how to use dental tools safely and effectively.

Plaque scrapers are very sharp. Used improperly, they can severely damage your gum tissue and even cause gum recession. When your gums become recessed, the sensitive roots of your teeth are exposed. You could also injure your tongue, cheeks, or other soft tissues…and even get an infection. Not to mention, you could end up pushing tartar under your gumline.

So, the moral of the story is: yes, you should be concerned about plaque buildup, but ALWAYS leave your oral healthcare in the hands of professionals. Leave the do-it-yourself projects to fun things on Pinterest!

We are taking new patients at our dental clinic in Surrey. Call us today at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry to book your appointment: 604-593-8201.

 

 

What is the Difference Between Plaque and Calculus?

When you think “calculus”, you may be having flashbacks (and likely not favourable ones) from your high school or post-secondary days. It’s safe to say that everyone knows what plaque is…but not so much with calculus.

So what’s the difference?

Plaque:  plaque and calculus

  • Is a sticky, colorless film
  • Continually forms on your teeth
  • Houses bacteria
  • Secretes acids that lead to tooth decay and gum irritation
  • Can lead to periodontal disease and gingivitis

Calculus:

  • When plaque is not removed by flossing, brushing, and professional dental cleanings by a dental hygienist, it hardens and turns into calculus
  • It can ONLY be removed by a dental professional

So as you can see, these are just more reasons why you need to adhere to a solid oral hygiene routine: twice a day for two minutes at a time, including flossing.

Book an appointment with your dentist for a checkup and cleaning every six months.

If you are located in Surrey, we would love to have you as a patient at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry. Call us today: (604) 593-8201.