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Dry Mouth? Here’s What You Can Do!

Jun 14, 2012   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Dry Mouth? Here’s What You Can Do!

If you suffer from dry mouth – especially in the summer – your dentist at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre in Surrey 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 Grandview Corners Dental, your Surrey Dentist as soon as possible.

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Kindergarten Oral Health Care Tours

Jun 8, 2012   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Kindergarten Oral Health Care Tours

Recently, the team at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre invited the kindergarten classes at Southridge Elementary to come to our Surrey dental office and learn all about proper oral health care. The children were excited to see our dental tools and technology, and listened intently when learning about correct brushing technique and correct flossing technique!

Each child created a beautiful card about their experience at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre. As well, they each coloured a dinosaur “T is for Toothbrush” colouring page. One lucky winner from each class will be receiving a prize from Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre!

This is our second year of kindergarten oral health care tours at our Surrey dental office – and certainly not our last! If you would like to join the Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre kindergarten oral health care tours, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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

Jun 7, 2012   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Don’t Fear the Dentist! We’re on Your Team!

Here at Grandview Corners Dental, we understand that our Surrey clinic 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 our Surrey dental clinic something to look forward to!

  • Pain

Fear of pain is completely natural and the oral health care experts at our Surrey dental clinic 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 our Surrey dental clinic. 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 our Surrey dental clinic for a dental experience like no other. We promise to do our best to communicate with you, both online and offline. We’ll work out a system that allows you to alert us to any trouble or discomfort during a procedure.

At Grandview Corners Dental, our goal is to give you the best dental experience possible. Contact us today and find out why we should be your choice for a Surrey dentist.

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10 Great Things You Can Do With Toothpaste

May 31, 2012   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on 10 Great Things You Can Do With Toothpaste

At Grandview Corners Dental in Surrey/White Rock, 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 Grandview Corners Dental in Surrey/White Rock for a fantastically healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off!

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

May 24, 2012   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Want to Live a Longer, Happier Life? Smile more! [TEDx]

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 Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre in Surrey 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 Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre 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 Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre 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!

May 17, 2012   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Dental Secrets Straight from Your Dentist!

Your oral health is important and at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre, our team of oral health care experts 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 Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre 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 Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre 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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X-rays: A Necessity For Your Oral Health [VIDEO]

May 10, 2012   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on X-rays: A Necessity For Your Oral Health [VIDEO]

X-rays are essential to a person’s oral health, and at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre in Surrey, we want to ensure that people are getting regular X-rays for their teeth.

So what is the big deal about getting X-rays? X-ray exams reveal the state of your teeth, and the composition of the bones in your face. They are also able to spot gum disease and abnormal growths (including cysts and tumors). X-rays can also locate where impacted and unerupted teeth are, and can find cavities or disease that a simple checkup couldn’t.

X-rays for Surrey dental patients at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre can be vital for maintaining oral health. For most patients, they will receive a full set of mouth X-rays to determine the state of their oral health. Patients may need to follow up so we can analyze the condition of their gums or their odds of tooth decay.

Our patients’ health is important to us, so schedule an appointment at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre today to book your X-ray. Here’s a wonderful video that explains the many benefits of digital X-rays:

Gum Disease: You Can Prevent It! [VIDEO]

May 3, 2012   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Gum Disease: You Can Prevent It! [VIDEO]

Many dental patients in Surrey believe they have perfect oral health. However, at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre, we see many patients who are suffering from gingivitis and gum disease without even realizing it. Puffy, red gums that bleed could mean you have gingivitis. If you ignore these symptoms — and many patients do as the swelling, redness and bleeding aren’t typically painful — you may be on your way to early stage periodontal (gum) disease.

But, it’s also possible to prevent the disease from occurring by reducing plaque build-up. Daily flossing and brushing, as well as regular dental hygienist cleanings, can keep plaque away.  Regular dental checkups at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre are crucial in gum disease prevention since any early signs of decay can be caught.

Some of our Surrey patients are surprised when their previously healthy, pink gums start to turn red and begin to bleed, but an individual’s oral health can change at any time. This is why gum disease prevention must be an ongoing effort on your part.  Without daily flossing and brushing, plus regular checkups and cleanings at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre, you’re likely to be at risk for  periodontal disease.

Make sure you brush at least twice a day, as well as floss daily, to avoid plaque build-up. Plaque, a film containing bacteria and acids, ruins tooth enamel as well as causes periodontal disease. Food particles can become trapped in plaque and further the progress of the disease, so it’s important to get regular hygienist cleanings plus gum disease prevention support from your dentist, who may recommend fluoride or other decay-preventive solutions.

Getting tips and checkups at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre is an easy way to prevent gum disease and avoid destroying the structure of your teeth. Without regular professional care, moderate and late stages of gum disease may occur. If the gums aren’t healthy, they can’t adequately support the teeth. In the moderate stage of periodontal disease, gums tend to recede and expose large portions of the upper teeth–negatively affecting the tooth structure. Teeth often become loose at this stage. You’ll need to see your oral health expert to help avoid the advanced stage of gum disease. This stage of periodontal disease is the main cause of adult tooth loss and pain is typically present due to infection being built up deeply within the gums.

Don’t put off the state of your oral health! Contact the team at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre in Surrey to book an appointment for personalized gum disease prevention and treatment.

Here’s a great video about what you can do to prevent gum disease and keep your smile healthy!

Wondering “How Do I floss Properly”? Here’s the Answer [VIDEO]

Apr 26, 2012   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Wondering “How Do I floss Properly”? Here’s the Answer [VIDEO]

Using dental floss properly is essential to your oral health because it eliminates plaque and gets rid of food bits in places where a toothbrush can’t reach. These areas are in between the teeth and underneath the gum-line. Here are some great oral health tips on clean teeth and dental floss from the dental team at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre in Surrey.

“Why is dental plaque so bad for me?”

When dental plaque builds up, it can cause tooth decay and gum disease, which is why the dental team at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre in Surrey recommends that you use dental floss regularly, every day.

“How do I floss properly?”

Here are some strategies on using dental floss most effectively:

– Give yourself about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around both of your middle fingers. Leave an inch or so of dental floss that you can maneuver.

– Hold the dental floss in a flexible way and keep it between your thumbs and index fingers. Be gentle when sliding it up and down between your teeth.

– Take the dental floss and put it around the base of each tooth so you get into the gumline. Do not be forceful with the floss because it can harm gum tissue.

– When you move between teeth, be sure to use the clean section of the floss.

-Removing the floss from your mouth is easy: use a similar back-and-forth motion so you can move the floss up and away from your teeth.

The two kinds of floss you can use are Nylon floss or PTFE. With nylon floss, you can choose between waxed and unwaxed, and there are many different flavors. The problem with nylon floss is that it can sometimes tear easily, but this won’t happen with PTFE floss. PTFE floss is more expensive but worth it because it maneuvers easily between teeth and won’t shred. However, both kinds of floss are efficient in eliminating plaque.

For any questions about dental floss and clean teeth, contact us at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre in Surrey and we can give you all the information you need.

So, do you have the answer to “How do I floss properly” yet? If not, check out this informative video from Colgate:

Oral
 Cancer : 
Get 
the 
Facts
 and
 a
 Free 
Screening
 on 
April 
26, 2012

Apr 25, 2012   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Oral
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