Jun 05, 2020 Health hazards of COVID-19 COVID-19 has been declared a global pandemic and a public health emergency in British Columbia. It is a virus that can cause respiratory illness and can lead to hospitalization and death. The effects of COVID-19 are expected to be much more severe than for seasonal influenza because most people will not have any immunity to the virus. Seniors and people with underlying health issues (including heart disease, diabetes and lung disease) are at a higher risk of hospitalization and death, but young and healthy people are also at risk. Symptoms Symptoms of COVID-19 are likely to include fever, cough, sneezing, sore throat and difficulty breathing. Transmission Exposure to COVID-19 can occur by: • Breathing in dropletsMore

Answers to 5 of Your Common FAQ

Aug 03, 2019
1. My gums bleed when I floss and brush, what’s going on and should I stop? Luckily the first symptom of gum disease is bleeding gums. This is a good thing because you are getting a warning that you have gum disease before it’s too late! In the early stages of gum disease there may be no pain or other symptoms so bleeding gums may be the only early warning signal you get. Don’t panic and don’t stop flossing and brushing. Work with your dentist and hygienist and you can defeat gum disease and get your healthy mouth back. 2. What is tooth decay? Tooth decay refers to the destruction of your tooth structure, usually starting on the outside ofMore

Have You Listened to Your teeth Lately?

May 29, 2019
Did you know your teeth can talk? Maybe “communicate” is a better word but you should be aware that your teeth have a lot to say about how they are feeling and when they need help. Paying attention can make all the difference to your dental health. For example you might notice that when you bite down you experience a sudden pain in one or more teeth. This could mean you have tooth decay (AKA a cavity). If the pain is consistent, and always in the same spot, it is definitely time to visit your dentist to see what’s going on. But if you experience achy or throbbing tooth pain that lasts for more than a week it may beMore

Modern Dentistry Has Come a Long Way!

Mar 20, 2019
Those of a certain generation may remember visits to the dentist as being a little scary and sometimes painful. Googling “dentist jokes” almost always reveals cartoons depicting patients going through the roof, literally, along with jokes about how much it hurts to go to the dentist. Considering search engines are the face of the modern Internet it’s too bad they haven’t kept up with the times. Today’s dentists are highly trained and practice techniques that help reduce pain and anxiety to make your visit to the dentist as routine as a visit to your doctor or other health professional. Bring your iPod and listen to your own music, tune in to the local radio station or ask your dentist whatMore

Eating Tips for Whiter Teeth – Naturally!

Dec 21, 2018
Research and our own experience suggests that other people notice our teeth when they first meet us. It only makes sense to want the best and brightest smile we can have in order to ace that all important first impression. Professional teeth whitening produces incredible results fast. The multitude of over-the-counter teeth whitening products available are generally the “poor cousins” of professional procedures, less effective and taking longer to achieve results. Both take time and money and may be something we use occasionally but what can we do every day to keep our pearlies white? As you know, whatever you put into your mouth comes in contact with your teeth. You may not be aware that your teeth are likeMore

Oral Care Plays a Part in Cancer Treatment

Nov 14, 2018
Did you know that your dentist is responsible for more than making sure your teeth are healthy? During your regular checkups your dentist also checks for overall oral health and looks for early signs of oral cancer. Cancer, the dreaded “C” word. To many people the word may bring to mind thoughts of lung cancer or breast cancer because people are often not aware of oral cancer. In fact it is estimated that 4700 Canadians will be diagnosed with oral cavity cancer in 2017. As with all cancers, early detection of oral cancer is key to successful diagnosis and treatment. Something else to be aware of is that poor oral health has also been found to affect a patient’s responseMore

Flossing – Why You Can’t Fool Your Dentist!

Mar 07, 2018
Here’s a little secret, if you don’t floss regularly and think you can pull a fast one on your dentist by flossing and brushing the morning of your checkup, it won’t work! Dentists can tell when you’ve been flossing and when you haven’t and the way they can tell that you’re not flossing is if your gums bleed during your cleaning and dental exam. If you don’t floss regularly, no amount of last minute flossing will do the trick and, as far as your dentist or hygienist is concerned, the jig is up! Gingivitis is the main cause of bleeding gums although there are other, less common conditions that can cause it. Gingivitis (inflamed gums) result from the buildup ofMore

Sugar & Spice is Not Always Nice!

Jan 22, 2018
Sugar tastes wonderful and since there is usually a holiday or birthday just around the corner you might want to learn a few tips on how to indulge while still taking care of your teeth. Ignorance is bliss, as are homemade butter tarts, but before you pop that piece of birthday cake or Black Magic truffle into your mouth you might want to arm yourself with a little “tooth friendly” information. Exactly how does sugar damage your teeth? Sugar mounts a two-pronged attack on your teeth. First the bacteria in your mouth use the sugar in food and beverages to produce acid, dissolving the enamel on your teeth. Every time you eat something with sugar in it the resulting acidMore

Toothbrush 101

Dec 04, 2017
Most of us have been using a toothbrush since we were old enough to hold onto one and you may be asking yourself what you could possibly find out about it that you don’t already know? You may be surprised. For instance, did you know that you should rinse your toothbrush BEFORE and after brushing? Airborne bacteria and other particles like dust can settle on your toothbrush between brushings. Get in the habit of rinsing your brush under hot water while briskly rubbing the bristles back and forth both before and after brushing. It is also important to air dry your toothbrush between brushings because most of the bacteria that cause gum disease are anaerobic, meaning they die when exposedMore

Are Dental Implants Right for You?

Oct 23, 2017
If you have lost one or more teeth and are looking at options to regain your smile you might want to consider dental implants as your long term smile solution. A dental implant is a high-tech solution that can help to preserve your natural jaw bone while restoring your natural looking smile. Did you know that when you lose a tooth the resulting lack of stimulation in the socket causes loss of your alveolar bone (the bone that contains your tooth sockets). After alveolar bone is lost, the bone beneath it, basal bone — the jawbone proper — also begins to resorb (melt away). The long term result can be a change in the shape of your jawline and yourMore