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Fluoride – What is it and what exactly does it do?

 

You probably associate fluoride with those bulky trays that the hygienist puts in at the end of your cleaning appointment, or maybe you’ve used fluoride rinse before. You probably know that fluoride is in most toothpastes and you may have heard that it’s in our water supply.

But what exactly is fluoride and what does it do for your teeth? Read more to find out:

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is found in the earth. It is present in soil, water, and almost all the foods we eat. According to Health... More Info

Gum Disease – What is it and how to check for signs/symptoms?

You’ve probably heard of gum disease, but you may be wondering what exactly it is and if you have it. Read more to find out:

Gum disease is very common. The Canadian Dental Association explains that 7 out of 10 Canadians will develop gum disease at some point in their lives. Moreover, gum disease tends to progress without pain, and therefore, it may be left undetected for quite some time. This is why it’s important to practice good oral hygiene, learn how to self-check for signs of gum disease, and visit... More Info

Choosing a Toothbrush – how do I know which one is right for me?

 

There are a lot of toothbrushes out there these days and sometimes it can seem overwhelming to pick the right one. Many of us choose a toothbrush that is reasonably priced and in our favourite colour, then move on to restocking our shampoo and deodorant.

However, spending a little more time and picking the right toothbrush is an important part of keeping your teeth healthy and clean. Did you know that the right toothbrush can actually clean better, which can help to reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth... More Info

Did you know that most oral health problems are preventable? This April, celebrate Oral Health Month by committing to 5 steps to achieve good oral health.  

Believe it or not, oral health problems are very common. The Canadian Dental Association reports that up to 80% of Canadians will be affected by gum disease at some point in their lives and approximately 3,200 Canadians will be diagnosed with oral cancer every year. 1

Poor oral health can result in pain, infection, tooth loss, and bad breath. It can affect your entire life including your ability to eat, speak, and socialize. Poor oral health also impacts your overall health and there is evidence to show that it can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. 1

The good... More Info

Brushing and Flossing: What’s the right order and how often do I have to do it?

 

We all know how important it is to brush and floss our teeth, but have you ever wondered how often we’re actually suppose to do it, or which is first: brushing or flossing?

Luckily, the Canadian Dental Association has developed specific guidelines on brushing and flossing regimens. They recommend the following:

Flossing

Floss at least once per day as it is an integral part to your dental health. Did you know that brushing only removes 2/3 of the bacteria on your tooth surface? Flossing allows you to remove the remaining plaque,... More Info

A child’s first dental appointment

The best way to achieve a positive experience for your child's first dental appointment is to properly prepare them for it. Sometimes their greatest fear is the unknown. Helping them know what to expect can help them be comfortable and even excited for that first visit and following visits as well.

  1. Talk about it! Give them advance notice that they will be visiting the dentist and that it can be fun and let them know the benefits of going.  Dentists' help their teeth stay healthy and that they too can help... More Info

UBC alumni giving back to students!

Dr. Lord second from the right, with her fellow classmates cutting the red ribbon.

Thursday September 17th  was the official celebration of the new graduate specialty clinic.  Dr. Sharon Lord and some her graduating classmates of 1987, generously donated funds to provide equipment for a dental operatory at the University of British Columbia.

You can see the article about the specialty clinic and the UBC Alumni in the Fall issue of Impressions Magazine. More Info

7 Healthy Eating tips for Back to School

  1. When you buy fresh fruits wash them before you put them in your fridge. You're more likely to eat them if they are prewashed.
  2. When you buy veggies such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumbers etc. put them in ready-to-go serving sized containers for quick grab and go       snacks.  For extra fun, prepare a side of hummus for dip in small dipping containers.
  3. Invest in an apple corer or peeler for quick and easy slicing for... More Info

The guys in Blue want your Green

What to look out for at 64th Avenue and 200th Street.

Almost everyone in Langley drives thru the intersection of 200th Street and 64th Avenue.  As a dental office on one of the busiest corners in Langley we see a lot of action.  It seems that lately the guys in blue (our dedicated RCMP officers) are spending more and more time at our intersection looking for traffic violators.  They hide behind bushes seeking the chatty cell phone talkers, and are ready to catch you off guard in order to collect some... More Info

A Dental Office With Heart

One thing almost every street corner is not short of are dental offices. How do we choose which office is right for us, when there are so many?

As someone who has been in the dental field for over 15 years I have talked to a lot of patients about what they look for in a dentist. Here is what I have heard to be most important; gentle, friendly, and affordable. Patients also appreciate when dentists are considerate of their time, have a clean and up to date office, and... More Info