Learn more about Receding Gums

Posted on Sep 6, 2012

One of the most typical questions asked to dental specialists at your Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental, is: “exactly what are receding gums?” To speak plainly, receding gums are an outcome of gum disease.

What triggers receding gums?

Normally, gum disease plays the biggest function in triggering receding gums. Germs that find their way into the oral cavity as an outcome of gum disease begin to form plaque. Plaque build-up can easily cause inflammation of the gums – and inflamed gums tend to shrink, beginning to look more and more recessive.

How to protect yourself from receding gums?

Gum disease is relatively easy to diagnose – simply come to your Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental, for your regular checkups and we can tell you if you have gum disease, plaque build up or the beginnings of receding gums.

Tooth sensitivity, especially to extreme temperatures, may indicate gum recession as the sensitivity comes from your now-exposed tooth roots. In the first stage of gum disease, your gums are somewhat pink in colour and gain a scalloped appearance.

Later on, the gums turn a bright pink or red, soften and start to bleed. Advanced cases of gum recession show visible roots, pus formation and excessive bleeding.

Though there are several treatment options for receding gums, the best treatment is prevention. If you suspect you have gum disease or that your gums have begun to recede, please contact Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, to schedule an appointment.


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Learn how to Floss with your Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental

Posted on Aug 30, 2012

“Why should I floss?” is a regular question asked by numerous patients at Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist.

In fact, flossing is one of the most important parts in any oral health care routine. Dental floss helps remove any sort of meals particles entraped between the teeth and lowers your likelihood of plaque build-up.

It is essential to perform flossing as a part of your routine oral health program; brushing alone is not nearly enough to remove all the meal fragments between your teeth.  Regular flossing makes sure that there is no build-up of plaque on the teeth. Plaque accumulation can easily lead to gum condition, gingivitis or periodontitis.

Dental floss can be flavored or unflavoured, waxed or unwaxed. Talk to a hygienist at your Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental, if you’re uncertain which type of floss is right for you. If you are uncertain of the right method to use floss or if you are still questioning “Why Should I Floss?”, then contact Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist or come for a consultation to discover how to floss correctly.

Here are a couple of starter suggestions for flossing correctly:

1. Floss must be held taut and directed between each tooth and also under the gums to ensure that all meals grains and plaque are removed. It is also essential to change the strip of floss for each tooth to make sure that bacteria are not transmitted from tooth to tooth.

2. It is important to purchase floss that’s the right density. Floss that’s too thick or thin won’t give you the very best cleaning for your teeth.

3. Use floss every day after brushing, ideally before you sleep, as an effective precaution against gum problems, halitosis and cavities.

You may notice bleeding after the first time you floss. This is relatively normal and stops after the very first few times. Regular bleeding, on the other hand, isn’t really a really good sign and you should speak with the team at your Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental, to be sure that you are using floss correctly. The video below, courtesy of Colgate, shows you the best ways to floss properly:

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Does your Tooth Need to be Extracted?

Posted on Aug 23, 2012

Dental extractions (removing teeth) may be a required treatment to avoid tooth misalignment or to sustain the health of your other teeth and gums. Extractions nowadays are reasonably fast and pain-free, so if you suspect you have a tooth that calls for removal, contact your Downtown Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental, today to schedule an appointment.

If it isn’t practical or possible to mend a tooth, our team of dental specialists at your Downtown Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental, might be required to do a dental extraction. Teeth that are ruined by cavities or substantially chipped/broken will generally be extracted if root canal therapy isn’t a practical choice.

Dental extractions are a must for a tooth that’s dealing with periodontitis or gum disease due to the fact that the chances of the tooth affecting surrounding tissues and spreading the infection are high. Wisdom teeth that are impacted (i.e. will not be able to establish normally) or that do not have room to grow are usually extracted.

Please contact your Downtown Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental, if you have any sort of questions or would like to book an appointment.

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Preventing Cavities: Super Snacks for Super Teeth

Posted on Aug 16, 2012

Preventing cavities is sometimes not an easy task. Do you find yourself prone to getting a lot of dental cavities even though you brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and visit Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, every six months for a regular checkup? The problem may actually be linked to your diet. Here are a few super snacks that can help keep your teeth and gums at their healthiest in the constant struggle of preventing cavities:

Fruits & Veggies:
Apples, celery and cucumbers are all excellent super snacks for your dental health. These super snacks are nutritious and will help keep clean the surfaces of your teeth and massage your gums, improving circulation.

Dairy products:
Milk, cheese and calcium help with preventing cavities. These super snacks are rich in calcium and help neutralize acids in the mouth, reducing the incidence of cavities and tooth decay.

Other Great Snacks:
Nuts are excellent super snacks for oral health because they provide calcium and phosphate – elements that help keep dental enamel strong.

Dental professionals recommend avoiding any sugary snacks because sugar feeds the bacteria in the mouth and causes cavities. If you have any questions about which snacks are appropriate and which aren’t, or if you would like to book an appointment at Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist,  to learn more about preventing cavities, please click here.

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Getting to The Root of the Problem: What is Root Canal Therapy?

Posted on Aug 9, 2012

Have you been told that you require root canal therapy? It’s important to understand what root canal therapy involves so you don’t feel any unnecessary stress when you come to your downtown Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental, for the actual procedure. Stress can make your experience at the dentist far more difficult than it actually has to be.

What is a Root Canal?

The Root Canal is the name for the space within the root of the tooth, it is a hollow area that contains soft tissues (the pulp and nerves). The number of these hollow canals (one to four) in a tooth depend on the type of tooth and the pulp nourishes and hydrates the tooth.

Why do you need Root Canal Therapy?

However, if your dental pulp is exposed, through a cavity or fracture, or becomes infected (abscessed) for any reason, it will likely require root canal therapy to allow you to actually keep the tooth instead of extracting it. These days, root canal therapy is relatively pain- and stress-free and can be done in as little as one appointment.

What to do if you need Root Canal Therapy?

Contact Downtown Dental, your downtown Vancouver dentist, if you have any questions about root canal therapy or if you would like to book an appointment.

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Afraid of Going to the Dentist? Discover The Cure for Dental Fears

Posted on Aug 2, 2012

Dentists generally have a bad reputation. Expressions such as “It’s like pulling teeth” and “I’d rather get a root canal” are proof that doing something painful and hard is often compared to going to the dentist. In fact, going to the dentist is shown as something to be endured, not enjoyed.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way at all – and we at Downtown Dental, your Downtown Vancouver dentist, certainly don’t believe going to the dentist is a terrifying ordeal for any of our patients.

Our oral health care experts do their very best to make your every experience at the dentist a memorable one – in a good way! We know why people dislike going to the dentist and we’ve worked to make our office, our staff and our technology into a perfect combination of excellent patient-focused care and excellent oral health care.

If you’re afraid of going to the dentist, we offer you several dental treatment options and we believe in honest, open communication between you, the patient and us, the oral health care professionals. Let us know when you’re uncomfortable and we’ll do everything we can to make you comfortable and relaxed.

If you’re afraid of pain, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that current dental technology has made going to the dentist a virtually pain-free experience. Extractions, root canals and even routine cleanings are now the most efficient and stress-free possible.

If you’re worried you’ll be judged for your oral health care regime, we promise you’ll only get a better understanding of oral health care, not a scolding! We’re thrilled you’ve chosen our Vancouver dental clinic as your partner in your quest for a healthy, happy smile.

Contact your Downtown Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental, and finally “feel like you’re on cloud 9” when you’re going to the dentist.

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