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Why Does Food Taste Funny After Brushing?

HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED why certain foods taste unpleasant after brushing your teeth in the morning? Most of us have experienced that bitter sensation a time or two, but what exactly causes it? Your Mint Toothpaste Flavor Isn’t To Blame It’s a common misconception that mint-flavored toothpaste causes the unpleasant taste when eating that first meal after brushing. In reality, it’s a chemical found in most toothpastes called sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or other variants like sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). These compounds are known as surfactants, which are foaming agents which make it easier to spread toothpaste evenly as you brush. Aside from helping toothpaste clean your teeth, surfactants also affect your tastebuds. Surfactants Affect Your Tastebuds Surfactants like SLS affect your tastebuds in a couple of different ways. First, it suppresses receptors that pick up [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:31:25+00:00 October 24th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on Why Does Food Taste Funny After Brushing?

MONSTERS AND GHOSTS AND SUGAR, OH MY!

Wait… sugar? That’s right. The scariest thing you’ll encounter this Halloween may just be sweets. Here are some hair-raising statistics about Halloween candy consumption: Americans purchase around 600 million pounds–or 2 billion dollars worth–of candy each year for Halloween. Kids consume up to 7,000 calories on Halloween and the average trick-or-treater intakes about three cups of sugar. The average child would need to trick-or-treat for over 100 miles to burn off what they eat during Halloween. These statistics may be a bit shocking but what is perhaps even more frightening is how much sugar the average Canadian consumes on a daily basis, not just around October 31st. According to a study done by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, sugar makes up 16 percent of the average child’s daily caloric intake. The American Dental [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:34:57+00:00 October 14th, 2016|Children, Office news, Oral Health|Comments Off on MONSTERS AND GHOSTS AND SUGAR, OH MY!

4 Tips To Soothe A Toothache Before Your Appointment

SUDDEN TOOTHACHES ARE painful and far from convenient in today’s busy world. However, getting to a dentist as quickly as possible is the best thing you can do to treat and relieve your pain as well as prevent any further problems. Your Dentist Can Provide Effective Treatment And Long-Term Relief It’s important to remember that there is always an underlying cause for a toothache, such as decay, gum disease or tooth enamel erosion. They usually never go away on their own and only get worse–and more painful–over time. Paying a visit to the dentist as early as possible is the best course of action for tooth pain. Your dentist will not only relieve your pain and provide long-term relief, but will also work to treat the cause of your toothache, preventing further [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:36:17+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on 4 Tips To Soothe A Toothache Before Your Appointment

Helping Your Kids Learn And Love To Brush Their Teeth

ANY PARENT KNOWS that getting your child to do certain things like eat their veggies, clean their room and even brush their teeth can be difficult. But the reality is that tooth decay is the number one disease affecting young children today. To combat this, kids need to learn and love to brush their teeth early on in their lives. Our goal is to help your children maintain bright, healthy smiles and help them learn early the importance of good oral hygiene. Let’s Catch Up On Some Of The Basics The BCDA recommends your child’s first dental visit be around their first birthday or six months after their first tooth appears. Even before their first too appears you can start cleaning their mouth by wiping their gums with a wet facecloth. Once teeth emerge, you [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:40:41+00:00 September 9th, 2016|Children, Oral Health|Comments Off on Helping Your Kids Learn And Love To Brush Their Teeth

The Professionals vs. The Headlines: What’s Up With Flossing?

YOU’VE BEEN HEARING a lot about flossing in the news these days. Recent articles stating that flossing doesn’t do any good for your oral health have left many feeling shocked and confused. As your trusted dental professionals, we’re here to set the record straight! It all started with an article by the Associated Press stating that the benefits of flossing have been unproven. Unfortunately, haters of flossing were quick to take up their torches and pitchforks against the practice. In response to the Associated Press article, The British Columbia Dental Association made a statement encouraging "patients to remove plaque and food from all surfaces of their teeth on a daily basis as an effective way to reduce their risk of gum disease and tooth decay." And we’re going to tell you why. Here’s Why You Should [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:43:51+00:00 August 23rd, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on The Professionals vs. The Headlines: What’s Up With Flossing?

Thinking About Whitening Your Smile?

SO, YOU WANT TO whiten your teeth. You’re not alone! In fact, when the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry asked what people would most like to improve about their smile, the most common response was whiter teeth. There Are Several Teeth Whitening Options With so many teeth whitening products on the market, you may be left scratching your head as to which one you should choose. As with any type of treatment, it’s important to know all the facts so you can make the best choice for you and your unique smile! Some of the most common teeth whitening options are: Whitening toothpastes Whitening strips and gels Tray-based tooth whiteners In-office whitening Whitening Is Safest And Most Effective When Supervised By A Dentist You should always consult with your dentist before deciding to [...]

By | 2017-08-11T23:46:52+00:00 July 21st, 2016|Cosmetic Dentistry, Services|Comments Off on Thinking About Whitening Your Smile?

Your Child’s Baby Teeth Are Important

“DO I NEED TO FIX my child’s baby tooth since it’s going to fall out anyway?” This is a question we get asked a lot as dental professionals. The answer is a resounding YES! Primary, or “baby,” teeth serve an important purpose in your child’s present and future oral health.Baby Teeth Have Three Main FunctionsBesides providing an aesthetic appeal to your child’s smile and boosting their self-esteem, primary teeth have three main functions:They aid in proper chewing, fostering good nutritionThey promote proper speech developmentThey reserve a space for permanent teeth to grow inIf a primary tooth falls out or must be removed before its time due to decay, the surrounding teeth may shift into the gap, causing dental crowding and future orthodontic problems. In some cases, untreated infections in baby teeth can even affect the developing permanent teeth.Taking [...]

By | 2017-08-13T15:15:55+00:00 July 14th, 2016|Children|Comments Off on Your Child’s Baby Teeth Are Important

What Causes Stained Teeth?

WE OFTEN TAKE STEPS to achieve that sparkling white smile when we brush in the morning and before we go to bed. The truth is, what we consume throughout the day is often the largest contributor to whether or not our smile will light up a room.Although there are several causes for tooth discolouration, we can separate them into three basic categories: intrinsic, extrinsic, and age-related discolouration. Here’s how each affects your teeth, and what you can do to ensure a life full of bright, healthy smiles.Food And Drink Are Large Contributors To Surface StainsExtrinsic tooth discoloration occurs when the enamel—the outer layer of the tooth—becomes stained. These stains are caused by pigments, acidic content, and other chemical factors (natural or artificial) present in things we enjoy eating and drinking. A few [...]

By | 2017-08-13T15:20:43+00:00 June 30th, 2016|General|Comments Off on What Causes Stained Teeth?

Brush Up On Some Toothbrush History

WITH ALL THE AMAZING technology we see today, it's easy to overlook the small wonders of the world—like the toothbrush! This small, but remarkable invention is the staple of our oral hygiene and health. Join us on a journey through time as we explore the way the toothbrush has changed across the ages! Ancient Civilizations Used Sticks to Clean Their Teeth Today, we understand the importance oral hygiene plays in our overall health. But even over 5,000 years ago people recognized the need for some type of oral care. Babylonian and Egyptian civilizations around 3500-3000 B.C. made “toothbrushes” by fraying the end of sticks and chewing on them! Later, the Chinese made similar chewing sticks from aromatic tree twigs that were meant to freshen breath. People didn’t just use sticks, however. Bird feathers, [...]

By | 2017-08-13T15:24:03+00:00 June 16th, 2016|Oral Health|Comments Off on Brush Up On Some Toothbrush History

Learn the Benefits of Dental Implants

IF YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED TOOTH LOSS, you are not alone. In fact, more than 35 million Americans are missing all of their teeth, while 178 million are missing at least one tooth. Here’s the good news: there are solutions for you. Dental Implants Function Much Like Natural Teeth While there are other tooth replacement options, dental implants have many advantages over other treatments. They are called “implants” because an artificial tooth root is placed, or implanted, in your jawbone. It is then covered by a natural-looking tooth replacement. Implants are the only tooth replacement option that incorporate an artificial root, allowing them to function much like natural teeth. There Are Many Benefits to Choosing Implants Here are five major benefits to consider when deciding between dental implants and other tooth restoration options: #1: Dental implants [...]

By | 2017-08-13T15:26:48+00:00 June 7th, 2016|Oral Health, Services|Comments Off on Learn the Benefits of Dental Implants