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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:

Oral Health Care: Is Nail Biting Really Bad for Your Teeth?

Apr 19, 2012   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Oral Health Care: Is Nail Biting Really Bad for Your Teeth?

We all know that nail biting is a bad habit, but do you know why? The dental team at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre in Surrey want to clarify why this habit is so detrimental to your overall oral health.

Nail biting is a common habit within certain age groups, including children, teens and young adults. Stress often triggers nail biting, and can diminish as you get older. However, nail biting should be stopped at a young age because it is unclean and unhealthy.

Biting your nails can be detrimental to your oral health for a variety of reasons:

It’s unsanitary. Nails are filled with dirt and they’re even filthier than your fingers. If you bite into your nails, germs will easily get into your mouth and help the spread of bacteria.

Chewing objects is bad for your teeth – When you bite your nails, your teeth will be chewing constantly. The motion of chewing wears down teeth quite fast and puts stress on your teeth which can cause them to misalign.

They harm braces – If you have braces, you know how much pressure is placed on your teeth. If you want to add to this pressure, biting your nails is a great idea! This will stress your teeth out and weaken them, harming your  orthodontic treatment and your overall bite.

It can end up costing you –  You wouldn’t think that nail biting would be an expensive habit, but it can end up costing you up to $4,000 in extra dental bills during your life!

So what can you do about your problem? Just knowing the facts and how damaging nail biting can be should help you take action and kick that habit for good. The dental team at Grandview Corners Dental and Wellness Centre in Surrey can answer any questions you might have about nail biting. Contact us today!

 

Toxic Teeth: Smoking and Oral Health Issues

Nov 17, 2011   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Toxic Teeth: Smoking and Oral Health Issues

It is a commonly known fact that smoking leads to health problems such as lung cancer, but did you know that smoking and oral health problems often go hand in hand?

In fact, smoking is the leading cause for almost 75% of gum disease in adults. This percentage includes adults who smoke from pipes and cigars, as well as those enjoying smokeless tobacco.

As soon as you begin using tobacco products, you are more likely to experience these common problems that are tied with smoking and oral health problems:

  • Stained teeth and tongue
  • Gum disease
  • Gum recession
  • Tooth loss
  • Bone loss in the jaw
  • Delayed healing process after dental treatment
  • Mouth sores
  • Decreased sense of taste and smell

At Grandview Corners Dental & Wellness Centre we are always dedicated to helping you maintain optimal oral health, that is why we strongly recommend patients to quit using any tobacco products.

For the sake of your teeth, gums and oral health, use these steps recommended by the Surgeon General to help make quitting smoking easier.

  • Be prepared
  • Ask for help from friends/family members/co-workers
  • Invest your free time in an interesting activity
  • Be prepared for a relapse
  • Get medication, if necessary, and use it correctly

The team at Grandview Corners Dental & Wellness Centre understand how difficult and time-consuming quitting smoking can be. However, we are dedicated to helping you protect your most valuable asset ”your beautiful smile.

Contact our clinic if you   are in need of any support or advice on your journey to understanding smoking and oral health issues.

Halloween Oral Hygiene: Keeping Your Child’s Smile Healthy

Oct 27, 2011   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Halloween Oral Hygiene: Keeping Your Child’s Smile Healthy

Halloween is on the horizon and your health partners at Grandview Corners Dental & Wellness Centre want to help you protect your kids from something even scarier than zombies, ghosts and goblins this Halloween. There’s something even more bone-chilling called tooth decay!

We all remember the joys of trick-or-treating, and coming home to unload our sugary spoils and eat candy until our tummies ached. Parents are in the scariest position at Halloween, predicting the cavities, temper tantrums and hyperactivity that will result from the copious candy intake by their youngsters.

The best way to avoid any of these truly tricky consequences in the aftermath of Halloween is not to consume any candy at all. However, we know that’s highly unlikely and that’s why your experts at Grandview Corners Dental have created a Halloween candy guide to help protect your kids from tooth decay and thereby ensure their optimal oral health for life.

Below is a listing from most harmful to the safest treats your kids should be choosing from their trick-or-treat bag:

Sour Power – Sour candies are the absolute worst in that studies have revealed that the acids in sour candies are so destructive because they dissolve enamel on contact!

Hardly Harmless – Hard candy needs to be sucked on for an extended period of time and very chewy candies are harmful in that they get stuck between the teeth. Both hard and chewy candy allow bacteria to wreak havoc on your child’s teeth for a much longer period of time.

Resist Raisins – Don’t be fooled by their natural derivative. Raisins easily damage dental work because they are very sticky and do not mix well with fillings, braces or retainers.

Candy Bars Get Four Stars – While we can’t say candy bars are good for your oral health, they are less harmful because they are eaten quickly allowing less time for the sugar to damage with acid.

Dissolve Your Worry – Powder candy is fairly safe as the sugar dissolves quickly and makes little contact with the teeth.

Eat Two or Three if They’re Sugar Free – As obvious as it seems, sugar-free candy is the most highly recommended Halloween treat for your children’s teeth. You can even prevent cavities by chewing sugar free gum! Sugar free gum promotes increased saliva which neutralizes harmful bacteria.

If your little monsters will be in need a routine dental cleaning after Halloween give us a call and book an appointment today!

Keep Your Smile Sparkling with Regular Dental Cleaning and Checkups

Oct 20, 2011   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Keep Your Smile Sparkling with Regular Dental Cleaning and Checkups

Sometimes due to fear, laziness or anxiety, patients tend to forget  about booking a regular dental cleaning or checkup at their local, friendly dental clinic. In order to encourage you to schedule your next checkup and cleaning at Grandview Corners Dental now, here’s a few good reasons why regular dental visits are so important:

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“Patients who visit the dentist regularly are much less likely to need major procedures such as root canals, gum grafts and tooth extraction.”

1. Avoid Painful Procedures: Patients who visit the dentist regularly are much less likely to need major procedures such as root canals, gum grafts and tooth extraction. This means that patients are saving money, avoiding painful dental procedures and staying healthy!

2. Beautiful Smiles: A good looking smile starts with healthy teeth, and regular checkups and cleanings at Grandview Corners Dental will keep you looking your best. A professional cleaning can also help remove stains on your teeth, giving them a healthy shine that will impress everyone you meet.

3. Detect oral cancer early: One of the deadliest cancers, but easiest to diagnose, is oral cancer. At our Surrey dental clinic, we have invested in the VELscope exam system, which works to detect cancer at the earliest stages.

4. Good example for your kids: If you have children who look up to you, make sure you practice good oral hygiene habits. Make dental checkups a priority in life, allowing for a future full of healthy smiles.

5. Reduce gum disease: Many adults will eventually get some type of periodontal disease, a leading cause of tooth loss. Luckily, gum disease can easily be treated or reversed, but only if your oral health is checked closely by the team at Grandview Corners Dental.

For more information on maintaining good oral health, or to book a dental cleaning and checkup, contact us today!

Introducing Early Oral Health for a Future of Healthy Smiles

Oct 6, 2011   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Introducing Early Oral Health for a Future of Healthy Smiles

Children’s dental care is often overlooked in Surrey, because many parents think that baby teeth are just going to fall out and be replaced by adult teeth. However, regular family dental care is important for all family members ”young and old.

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“Aside from the fact that tooth decay is the most preventable illness in children, not taking care of baby teeth can lead to future problems as an adult.”

Taking care of baby teeth is one of the most valuable lessons to teach young, impressionable children. Aside from the fact that tooth decay is the most preventable illness in children, not taking care of baby teeth can lead to future problems as an adult.

Early Dental Disease

Cavities are painful and they can also cause embarrassment, wasted time, speech impediments and more. Even though baby teeth are going to fall out, protecting these teeth will not only help improve overall health and wellness at the present, they will also help lead to healthy adult smiles.

Practice Good Oral Health

Maintaining great oral health should be a fun experience for both you and your child. From an early age, it is an important idea to promote brushing and flossing daily. Bad habits form at an early age, visit your local family dental clinic to learn tips and tricks on how to encourage proper oral health habits.

For more information on children dentistry, or to book an appointment at Grandview Corners Dental, contact us today.

How To Know If You Have Gum Disease

Sep 15, 2011   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on How To Know If You Have Gum Disease

Do your gums often get red, swollen, and tender or do they bleed easily? Have your gums pulled away from your teeth at all? Are your teeth loose or separating? Do you suffer from chronic bad breath (halitosis) or a bad taste in your mouth? Have you experienced any changes in your bite?

If your answer was yes to any of these questions you may have gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.

Gum disease is essentially an infection of the teeth’s supporting tissues. Gum disease targets the area just below the gum line, where it can break down the attachment between the tooth and its supporting tissues. As the tissues are damaged, pockets are created where bacteria can thrive and impact your oral health.

Did you know it’s possible to have gum disease without any symptoms or warning signs? Gum disease has two main stages known as gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is the less severe and reversible form of gum disease, which affects the gums only. If Gingivitis is neither identified nor reversed it will likely lead to periodontitis, a more severe form of gum disease which in turn affects your overall health.

The dental experts at Grandview Corners Dental assess the health of your teeth and gums at every appointment, checking for the signs of gum disease and performing professional cleaning to ensure that pockets of bacteria and plaque don’t build up in your mouth.   Your hygiene professional will provide personalized guidance on how often you should visit to prevent gum disease or what is required to get rid of active infection.   They will also instruct you on how best to care for your teeth between visits.

Contact Grandview Corners Dental & Wellness to book your preventative dentistry appointment today, and we will work with you to ensure that your smile is healthy and your energy levels high to support your active lifestyle.

Important Dental Advice For Expectant Mothers

Aug 11, 2011   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Important Dental Advice For Expectant Mothers

If you’re pregnant or planning on having a baby in the near future it is very important to visit Grandview Corners Dental & Wellness Centre, so we can partner with you to ensure a healthy and worry-free pregnancy. Put simply, healthy moms make healthy babies and excellent oral health is a key aspect of optimal overall health.

Minimizing exposure to X-rays and anaesthesia just makes sense for expectant moms – we’ll work with you to ensure that any outstanding dental X-rays and dental treatments are completed prior to pregnancy so that you don’t have to factor in appointments or dental emergencies.

Preventative dentistry visits can also provide a health benefit prior to and throughout your pregnancy.   Research indicates that over 40% of women within reproductive age have some form of gum disease.   Gum disease is a bacterial infection that saps your vitality and the ability of your body to care and nurture for your growing baby.   What is more, studies reveal that there is close correlation between pre-term births, low birth weights and gum disease!

Maintaining excellent oral health is also important for new moms – routine cleanings reduce the risk of passing on harmful oral bacteria to your new born through saliva exchange from kissing or testing baby’s food. Oral bacteria can cause harm even before your baby’s teeth break through the gums.

At Grandview Corners Dental we celebrate our patient’s lives and seek to support families at every stage – providing educational information and proactively managing oral health for expectant and new mothers is just one way we show our commitment!

If you are pregnant or planning on having a baby in the near future, allow us to help protect you and your baby from the dangers of oral bacteria and gum disease.   Contact us to book a personalized hygiene program today!

The Link Between Diabetes and Oral Health

Jul 9, 2011   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on The Link Between Diabetes and Oral Health

The American Diabetes Association recently announced that studies have identified and confirmed a direct correlation between diabetes and  gum disease. Not only are diabetics more prone to gum disease, but oral health problems such as gingivitis can also affect blood glucose stability, leading to the advancement of diabetes.

Our experts at  Grandview Corners Dental  share a passion for staying at the forefront of the healthcare field as the industry evolves in knowledge, treatments and  technology.  New research has confirmed that excellent oral health is integral to the maintenance of excellent whole body health.   Evidently, this link is vital to our patients who are diabetic.

Diabetes and unstable blood glucose levels increase your risk of developing serious gum disease and losing teeth. Furthermore, recent and potentially groundbreaking studies have found that gum disease can contribute to a rise in blood sugar and thus make diabetes harder to control.

If you suffer from a diabetic condition, you can effectively increase your chances of related complications by neglecting to care for your teeth and gums. The most important ways for our diabetic patients to maintain optimal oral health include: 1) Controlling glucose levels, 2) Visiting Grandview Corners Dental every six months for your professional cleaning, 3) Keeping us aware of how you are managing your diabetes, 4) Brushing your teeth at least twice daily after meals, flossing daily, and using mouthwash, 5) Quitting smoking, 6) Becoming more aware of warning signs such as  receding,  tender or bleeding gums, and loose teeth.

Grandview Corners Dental is concerned with every aspect of our patients’ health, and would like to partner with you to restore and revitalize your overall heath. If you have diabetes, speak to one of our team members about how we can best protect your oral health.

Oral Health Month: When Was Your Last Oral Cancer Screening?

Apr 27, 2011   //   by Grandview Corners   //   Blog  //  Comments Off on Oral Health Month: When Was Your Last Oral Cancer Screening?

Oral Health month is quickly coming to an end. Your health partners at Grandview Corners Dental want to equip you with the oral health education that will keep you smiling for years to come.  

Healthy teeth and gums are a vital part of a healthy body, and maintaining a healthy body is essential to attaining the enhanced lifestyle you and your family deserve. We all know optimal health is what keeps you feeling vital and vibrant, allowing you to participate in the sports, hobbies, and social activities you can’t live without.

At Grandview Corners Dental we are invested in your long-term wellness and thus, we offer preventative oral cancer exams, as well as periodontal treatments and solutions which enable you and your family to live your lives to the fullest.  

It is often said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and in the case of oral cancer, this is especially true. Recent studies have shown that your dentist is often the first to detect early signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.

Because oral cancer is on the rise, we offer oral cancer screenings as a part of your routine hygiene appointments. In the following public service announcement, famous actress and mother of Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, speaks out about oral cancer.

Blythe Danner created this public service announcement to help share what her family has learned about the importance of taking every possible step to prevent oral cancer in its earliest stages.

Preventing oral cancer can be as simple as asking your dental expert for an oral cancer screening at your next appointment. It’s always worthwhile to take steps to protect your greatest asset – your family’s health. Contact us to book your oral cancer screening today!

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