Don’t Fear the Dentist! We’re on Your Team!

Posted on Jul 12, 2012

Here at Downtown Dental, we understand that our Vancouver dental patients may suffer from dental anxiety and therefore can be extremely reluctant to contact us and book an appointment. Research has identified the Top 3 anxiety-causing reasons about dental visits – and here’s what we’re doing to make your every visit to your Vancouver dentist Downtown Dental something to look forward to!

  • Pain

Fear of pain is completely natural and the oral health care experts at Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, understand that anxiety associated with needles and the idea of pain/discomfort in the mouth can convince patients they’re better off suffering from oral health care issues than coming to the dentist. However, we want to set the record straight. Most dental procedures are currently pain-free. If you require sedation and dislike needles, we’ll offer you alternative options or conceal the needle if necessary.

  • Embarrassment

90% of patients in one recent study reported that embarrassment is the no. 1 reason why they don’t visit the dentist. If you’re worried that you’ve neglected your teeth and your oral health care, come in for an appointment and learn about your oral health care options at your Vancouver dentist, Downtown Dental. We’re here to help and we promise we won’t lecture you! After all, we’re your oral health care partner and your oral health is just as important to us as it is to you.

  • Control

If you don’t like feeling like you have no control over what happens in the dentist chair, come to Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, for a dental experience like no other. We promise to do our best to communicate with you, both online and offline <<LINK>>. We’ll work out a system that allows you to alert us to any trouble or discomfort during a procedure.

At Downtown Dental, our goal is to give you the best dental experience possible. Contact us today and find out why we should be your Vancouver choice for oral health care.

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Get Rid of Your Toothache, Fast!

Posted on Jul 5, 2012

If you’re suffering from a toothache, contact Downtown Dental,  your Vancouver dentist, as soon as possible – your tooth may be abscessed and require emergency dental care. Come in to to avoid complications such as surgery or a tooth extraction if you experience any type of toothache.

The good news is, there are some tried and true toothache pain relief methods and here they are, brought to you by the caring team of oral health care experts at Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist.

  • Cold Compress

Applying a cold compress to your jaw should alleviate a toothache. The cold reduces blood flow to the site and therefore reduces swelling and pain. Apply a cold compress as often as necessary until the pain subsides.

  • Pain Medication

Pain medication can help relieve a toothache but be sure not to exceed the recommended dose. Pain relievers such as aspirin and Advil typically contain anti-inflammatory medicine which can reduce the pain and swelling associated with a toothache.

  • Warm Salt Water and Baking Soda

Salt and Baking Soda combine to make an excellent anti-bacterial mouth-rise that can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and potentially reduce the swelling and pain that stems from a toothache.

  • Clove Oil and Garlic

Pure clove oil, available in most drugstores, can act as a numbing agent if applied directly to the tooth. Don’t apply to the gums or apply too much as clove oil can be poisonous in too-high quantities. If you don’t want to use clove oil, a clove of garlic is an excellent substitute – simply hold it against the tooth for a few minutes and rinse with warm water afterward.

  • Teabag Therapy

Teas such as black and green teas are high in tannins, which are known to reduce swelling and help your blood to clot and therefore improve healing. Microwave the teabag in a small dish filled with water for about 30 seconds or until warm, squeeze the excess water and bite down on the teabag, holding it against your tooth/gum.

However, remember that any toothache is a bad toothache so contact Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, for an appointment as soon as possible.

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Bad Breath? Freshen Up with These Quick Tips from Your Dentist

Posted on Jun 28, 2012

Whether you’re in a business meeting or a lunch date, halitosis or bad breath can ruin your whole day and your fabulous first impression. However, with these tips from your dentist at your Vancouver dentist Downtown Dental, you can quickly fix your bad breath and get back to business – social or professional.

Reach for the Lemon Water 

Dry mouth is often the cause of bad breath so keep your mouth moist and hydrated to avoid bad breath altogether. Washing down bacteria with lemon juice and water can help minimize bad breath and get you smiling again.

Chew on This

Sugar-free gum offers almost instant relief from bad breath. If you’re not a fan of chewing, you can opt for breath strips or mints instead. For a completely natural remedy to bad breath, order a dish that’s garnished with ginger, basil, mint or parsley.

Always Be Prepared 

Carry a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste in your purse or bag for optimal oral hygiene on the go. Mouthwash or baking soda are also ideal for quick breath fixes and should eliminate bad breath altogether.

A word of caution from your dentist. Bad breath may be caused by poor oral hygiene or oral infections. If your bad breath is persistent and not caused by anything you ordered at lunch, schedule an appointment at Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist, and we’ll help you keep your breath fresh so that you can focus on the important things, like getting a new client or a second date.

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What to Do after a Tooth Extraction

Posted on Jun 21, 2012

After a tooth extraction (removal) has been completed by one of our dental health professionals at Downtown Dental, your Vancouver dentist , it’s important to take proper care of the site to prevent infection, control bleeding and allow the gum tissue to heal well enough that it can accept a denture or dental implant.

What to do after a tooth or wisdom tooth extraction

1. You may experience soreness after a tooth extraction – over-the-counter painkillers can help with the pain or you may request prescription painkillers from your dentist at Downtown Dental if you find the pain to be too much.

2. Cold compresses will also help keep the pain and swelling down after a tooth extraction.

3. It’s very important that you don’t touch the extraction site, chew heavily around the area or smoke at all. It is recommended that you drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated. Simply follow these simple steps to ensure proper healing and a happy, healthy smile.

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Want to Live a Longer, Happier Life? Smile more! [TEDx]

Posted on Jun 14, 2012

If you’re looking for a way to improve your health, your social relationships and your overall well-being, smiling is your best bet!

The simple act of smiling comes with a lot of benefits. According to a recent TED Talk given by Health Tap founder and CEO Ron Gutman, several studies support the theory that smiling improves your health and longevity. One study found that the width of a smile can be used to predict longevity – in other words, the wider your smile, the more likely you are to live longer. If you’re not happy with your smile and don’t smile often or at all, contact Downtown Dental in Vancouver to book an appointment and improve your life, one smile at a time!

Studies also found that smiling is contagious – which is a good thing, because a single smile can make you feel as good as winning $2500 dollars or eating around 2000 bars of chocolate! Children tend to smile a lot more often that adults do, so if your goal is to live a longer, happier life, get in touch with your inner child and smile.

But if your current smile doesn’t really want to make you…well, smile, come in to Downtown Dental in Vancouver for a custom smile makeover that’s sure to leave you grinning ear to ear. Smiling can lower stress levels and increase your attractiveness, so don’t miss out on the benefits of a smile and contact Downtown Dental in Vancouver today!

Enjoy the  TED Talk below, entitled the Hidden Power of Smiling, for more fascinating smile research:

 

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Dental Secrets Straight from Your Dentist!

Posted on Jun 7, 2012

Your oral health is important and at our Downtown dental clinic, our team of dentists want to share with you the most important oral health secrets that will give you a healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off everywhere.

  • If your gums are bleeding, there’s a very high chance you have periodontal (gum) disease. Come for an appointment as soon as possible!
  • An oral health care checkup at Downtown Dental every 6 months applies only to healthy gums. If you don’t have healthy gums, you’ll want to schedule a checkup at least every 3 months.
  • Pay attention to your back teeth when brushing/flossing. We’ve found that patients at our Vancouver Downtown dental clinic focus too much on their visible front teeth.
  • Proper oral health care includes 10 minutes of careful brushing and flossing.
  • Mouthwash that contains alcohol can dry out your mouth and actually worsen your bad breath.

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Why Go to the Dentist? We’ve Got a Few Good Reasons!

Posted on May 31, 2012

Regular visits to your dentist at Downtown Dental are incredibly important for both your oral health and your general health. Why go to the dentist? Poor oral health has been link to poor general health, so come in for an appointment at Downtown Dental in Vancouver and get a great smile and something to smile about.

Still wondering “why go to the dentist”?

Prevention is key to most oral health care issues. You can avoid cavities, plaque building, gingivitis and a whole host of oral health care issues simply by practicing proper oral hygiene and booking your regular oral health checkup at Downtown Dental in Vancouver.

Invest in your oral health and come in for a regular checkup at Downtown Dental in Vancouver.

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