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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10 Great Things You Can Do With Toothpaste

Posted on Jul 26, 2012

At Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, we recommend brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for at least three minutes and at least twice a day as part of a healthy oral health care routine, but did you know you can also use toothpaste around the house?

Read on for the 10 things you can do with toothpaste – aside from achieving excellent oral health care:

  • Fix Insect Bites

Standard non-gel toothpaste can help relieve the itch from an insect bite and keep you from scratching at the site. Try it!

  • Sanitize Hands

In a pinch, toothpaste (and a little water) is a great hand sanitizer. As a bonus, if you’ve just chopped onions or garlic, you can neutralize the odour with a bit of toothpaste/water.

  • Fix Nail Holes

Nail holes generally require professional putty to fix but with a little bit of inexpensive toothpaste, you can fill in the hole and touch up with paint afterward.

  • Clean your Diamond Ring

By scrubbing your diamond ring with a little bit of toothpaste on an old toothbrush, you could have your diamond looking as if you had just bought it!

  • Help relieve burns

Always out of aloe? Put toothpaste on your burn right after it happens to help relieve the stinging sensation.

  • Removes crayon from wall paint

Little one been drawing on the walls again? Get a damp rag with a little bit of toothpaste on it and simply wipe away the residue.

  • Put up posters

Forget tape or thumb tacks, simply put a dab of toothpaste on the back of posters to hang it without damaging the wall.

  • Treat Acne

It is only recommended to use this tip at most once a week, but by putting a small dab of toothpaste on a pimple before bed, it should be cleared up by morning!

  • Remove scratches on glassware

Polish your scratched glasses with a dab of toothpaste and they should look like new instantly!

  • Prevent fog in goggles

Many swimmers swear by toothpaste for keeping their goggles free of fog. Simply wipe it on, clean it off and enjoy a fog-free view.

However, don’t forget toothpaste’s most important role! Brush twice daily, floss regularly and visit Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, for a fantastically healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off!

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Dry Mouth? Here’s What You Can Do!

Posted on Jul 19, 2012

If you suffer from dry mouth – especially in the summer – your Vancouver dentist at Downtown Dental has some valuable tips on what you can do to relieve your dry mouth symptoms and enjoy yourself, whatever the season!

Offer Yourself a Mint or Two

If you suffer from dry mouth, try a sugar-free mint, preferably one that has a strong and natural flavour such as spearmint. Mints should help encourage saliva production and as a bonus, you get minty-fresh breath!

Find Yourself a Tall Drink of Water

Water is excellent for promoting saliva production and has myriad excellent benefits for your oral and overall health. If you find that your mouth is getting dry, make sure to always carry a water bottle with you and sip accordingly. Drinking plenty of water means that you won’t suffer from dehydration or a dry mouth during the summer.

Give Yourself a Pick-Me-Up with Fruits and Vegetables

If you’re dealing with a dry mouth, snack on fruits and veggies – which are full of water and vitamins – and keep your oral and your overall health in top shape over the summer.

Dry mouth can increase your chances of gum disease, tooth decay and mouth infections so if you find that your dry mouth persists, contact your Downtown Dental, Vancouver dentist, as soon as possible.

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