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Need a smile makeover?

Does your Smile Need a Makeover?

At Abbotsford Dental, we understand the importance of oral health, of oral functionality, and the way those two aspects of your life can significantly impact how you feel about the world. It may sound trivial on paper, but if you’ve ever had a toothache or someone has made you feel self-conscious about your teeth and how they appear, then that notion can certainly disappear rather quickly. The truth is, your teeth matter. Obviously, you want them to work well and allow you to eat and drink without any pain or interference, but beyond the functional side of good oral health, there are certainly things the Abbotsford Dental team can do to improve your smile.

That’s why we’re now asking the question…Does your smile need a makeover?

Don’t stress if the answer is ‘yes.’ In fact, and if you are unhappy with your smile, you’re not alone. Millions of people around the world have visited cosmetic dentists to repair a chipped or broken tooth (or teeth), brighten the unsightly effects of stained teeth, or undergone modern dental procedures to straighten their smile. Abbotsford Dental not only boast an expert and well-experienced team of dental practitioners, but we also have some the latest and most efficient the technology when it comes to general, restorative, and cosmetic dental today. In fact, there are a wide range of treatments that our team can help you with, to achieve the look you’ve always wanted. Below are a list of options and services Abbotsford Dental offer, as part of improving your oral health and giving your smile a professional makeover.

Teeth whitening

Over time, it is almost inevitable that your will change colour, and there are a number of reasons why. From cigarettes and cigars that leave nasty deposits of tar and nicotine behind, to coffee and wine which contain pigments that can darken the teeth, and even some fruits and vegetables that contain acid that eats away at your enamel, allowing the darker dentin to show through, can be the culprit. Our professional teeth whitening services here at Abbotsford Dental can reverse these effects and restore your teeth to their pearly white state.

Veneers

Dental Veneers | Dentist AbbotsfordVeneers are an option if your enamel is too thin, your discoloration is due to trauma, or you have other tooth issues, in which, traditional teeth whitening may not be an option. But that doesn’t mean you’re destined to live out your days with yellowed or stained teeth. Not at all.
Abbotsford Dental provide high-quality veneers in which bonds thin porcelain shells to the front of your teeth, and where each veneer is individually sculpted to fit your individual teeth. Not only can this procedure make your teeth look whiter, but veneers can also disguise tiny chips or even small gaps between your teeth.

Dental Bridging

Sometimes a tooth has more than just a little chip; maybe it’s broken or worn down due to grinding or overuse, leaving gaps. Some people are even born with small or misshapen teeth. In cases like these, dental bridging may be the solution to fixing your smile. Bridging is the process of using a prosthetic device that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants in order to cover unsightly gaps and unwanted spaces. Gaps in your smile can be embarrassing, but over time, they can also cause your other teeth to shift, which can ultimately lead to a poor bite and diminished smile.

Crowns and fillings

Modern dentistry has advanced a lot in modern times. Instead of a metal tooth or metallic fillings, we now have much more natural and safer alternatives. In fact, Abbotsford Dental can now replace your older fillings with white composite material that looks more like your natural teeth, once again, restoring the beauty to your smile.
Broken, misshapen, or cracked teeth can also be replaced with natural crowns. Your Abbotsford dentist will shape your damaged tooth into a secure base and will then bond a composite tooth sculpted to fit perfectly. Not only does this improve the appearance of your smile, but it also gives you a natural bite and sharpens your speech.

Dental implants

Sometimes, a smile can become a little less attractive if you’ve lost a tooth or teeth unexpectedly. If that is the case, Abbotsford Dental can arrange quality dental implants to replace a single tooth or even a whole mouthful of teeth, if necessary. Beyond just the look, dental implants also help protect your jaw from the bone damage that occurs following the loss of your tooth. They also function just like your normal teeth.
So, if you’ve been wanting to get some professional dental work done or give your smile a makeover, why not contact us today or make an online appointment? If you’re in the Abbotsford, Fitzroy, or Collingwood area, feel free to drop into our clinic also. Your smile makeover will be ready in no time

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Do you need teeth cleaning? Yellow teeth | Abbotsford Dental before and after images

Do Your Teeth Need Cleaning?

Yellow or unclean teeth are not easy to hide. Unless you strive to keep your mouth closed or laugh in an unnatural way, most people will be able to see the discoloured state of your teeth or soiled and damaged enamel, whether they are looking or not. Not only is there an aesthetic component of having unclean teeth, but teeth that require professional cleaning can also eventually cause bleeding gums and bad breath.

Two things that none of us want.

As a result of yellow or unclean teeth, you can easily become self-conscious, insecure, and even depressed, but here at Abbotsford Dental, we are confident that when it comes to dental treatments that will brighten your smile and restore your confidence, you will be afforded the best and highest level of care in the Abbotsford, Collingwood, and Fitzroy areas.

For more information about the types of treatments and procedures and whitening kits we provide when dealing with yellow or unclean teeth, head on over to our teeth whitening page under the services tab.

If you’re wondering what professional teeth cleaning can actually provide, then let us here at Abbotsford Dental run you through the benefits.

1. Prevent cavities

The whitish and mostly unpleasant film that builds up on your teeth is called plaque and as well as appearing a little off-putting, it is also the leading cause of tooth decay. This acidic substance eats away at the tooth enamel and, if left unattended or if you decide not to get your teeth professionally cleaned regularly, it can lead to cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing or flossing to an extent, but a professional clean by our team here at Abbotsford Dental will ensure your overall oral health.

2. Prevent nasty Tooth Decay or even Loss

Gum disease, which starts with built-up plaque, is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. As gum disease advances, plaque moves further down the tooth where it can destroy the supporting bone in your jaw, causing teeth to loosen and fall out. Scary stuff. Luckily, the chance of this happening to you can be greatly reduced through regular dental cleanings here at Abbotsford Dental, combined of course, with good oral hygiene habits.

3. Brightens your smile

Checkup and Clean Abbotsford DentalAt Abbotsford Dental, we are all about a holistic approach to your oral health. We know that many like to indulge from time to time, or have certain daily habits that can affect your teeth, and as such, it should come as no surprise that drinking coffee, tea and wine or using tobacco can stain your pearly whites. That’s why we recommend regular professional teeth cleaning, as it can remove built-up stains and leave you with freshly polished teeth. The result? A whiter, brighter smile!

4. Freshen your breath

Good oral hygiene is the best way to prevent persistent bad breath. Even if you brush and floss regularly, booking a professional tooth clean here at Abbotsford Dental is a great way to keep your mouth healthy and odour-free.

5. Boost your overall health

Again, and with a focus on a holistic approach, the team at Abbotsford Dental promote healthy lifestyle choices as part of maintaining a healthy oral cavity. Studies have shown, in fact, that a connection between oral and overall health with the use of regular dental cleanings, may help lower your risk for some diseases, like heart disease and stroke. As an interesting side note, many medical conditions can often be detected in their early stages by your dentist during a routine oral exam. How about that!

6. Save money in the long run

At Abbotsford Dental, we want you to have a healthy smile, healthy gums, and strong and impressive teeth for as long as possible. So although it may seem like a luxury or something that is often ignored, having your teeth professionally cleaned at least once every six months will keep you on that path.
For these advantages and more, feel free to get in touch with us or even make an appointment, or if you are in the Fitzroy, Abbotsford, or Collingwood areas, then why not drop into our Abbotsford Dental clinic today to discuss the benefits of professional teeth cleaning.

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Do you have missing teeth?

Do You Have Missing Teeth?

Options For Missing Teeth

No one likes the idea of missing teeth. It sounds wrong, unnatural, and even scary, and if you can picture yourself in front of the mirror with gaps in your otherwise healthy smile, then you can probably relate to those very feelings. There are many reasons why someone would have missing teeth, so if you do enter our doors here at Abbotsford dental with missing teeth or a holey smile, we will do everything in our power to restore your confidence and overall oral health.

Before we can do anything, you will be put through an in-depth examination before the options are easily explained and offered.

And there a few.

Before making a decision, it is best to know what they are and what they offer. Here is the list:

1. Leave it Alone

Straight forward, right? Just leave it. Let it be a gap. Don’t. Do. Anything. This has always been an option for people with missing teeth, as you yourself might know someone who has gone down this very path. Although we don’t recommend it, some people prefer leaving a gap in their smile and don’t necessarily mind the issues that inevitably come with it. Maybe they aren’t committed to the idea of paying for a particular treatment, and have always believed the gap or gaps in their teeth aren’t a serious problem. After all, it is your prerogative. Here at Abbotsford Dental, however, we have always believed (and it is backed by research) that missing teeth over a prolonged period of time can be quite detrimental to the oral health and overall biting strength of an individual. The jawbone can also start to weaken and this can lead to the remaining teeth shifting to cover for the missing teeth in ways that will only complicate things in the future.

We don’t want that. ‘It also puts unwanted stress on the jawbone, which can obviously lead to long-term pain and persistent discomfort. Again, it’s up to you, but it isn’t recommended.

2) Bridgework

Dental Bridges Abbotsford DentalTo build a bridge or to not build a bridge. That is the question, at least when it comes to missing teeth, and as a factor perhaps, when making a decision, bridgework is a traditional method and has been around for many years.

Sounds like a winner, right?

The idea of bridgework is to set up posts on either side of the gap as ‘anchors’. This then allows the dental professional set up a fixed and sturdy bridge between them and put in a replacement tooth, thus solving the problem of your pesky, incomplete smile. While this form of treatment can lead to issues with chewing while decreasing the strength of your bite (and making it difficult to floss) you can rest assured that your jaw and surrounding tissue is going to remain sturdy, durable, and safe.

3) Implants

No, it’s not a Hollywood style of implant, but merely a dental technique used where a post is drilled into the jawbone before a replacement tooth is put in. That’s it. It sounds painful, with the drilling and all, but it is relatively straightforward procedure. This is also a good way to restore the feeling or your natural teeth, and and feel confident and capable when biting down again, just like you used to. The only downside with this form of treatment, however, it that it is costly. If you are on a strict budget, perhaps implants aren’t for you.

4) Composite Bridgework

This is a different form of treatment to traditional bridgework, and even though they share a similar name in their description, they shouldn’t be placed in the same category. Composite bridgework, in fact, looks at using composite resin materials for the eventual bridge. This means the natural teeth on either side of the gap will not be ground down to a post. Instead, the resin material is going to be used to assist with the process, so if the bridge doesn’t work, it is easier to remove it and still have functional teeth.

5) Removable Bridge

A removable bridge gives everything away in its title. “Removable”. As in you can take it out.

The piece or “flipper” as it is also known, can be placed in or out of your mouth whenever you feel like it. The idea here it minimise the pressure being put on the jawbone as you heartily chew down on your roast dinner. However, and concerning its removable nature, such a form of treatment can become difficult to keep in place as it can become uncomfortable, loose, and even painful.

So, if you have missing teeth, get in touch with our team here at Abbotsford Dental today.

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What Cause Bleeding Gums? Gingivitis Periodontitis

Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush?

No one likes the sight of blood, especially in our mouths.

It looks frightening – becomes an unsightly mess and makes us worry.

Occasionally, however, a little bit of bleeding from your gums is normal and even expected, especially when we are vigorously brushing or flossing our teeth. It’s not necessarily something we should panic about, but if your gums bleed regularly or without you really doing anything to unsettle them, it may require further inspection here at Abbotsford Dental. After all, and without trying to alarm you, bleeding gums could be a symptom of a number of dental issues, but most commonly, a clear sign of gum disease. On the other hand, and to back away from such a direct statement, things such as injury or infections can also lead to gum bleeding, so when it comes down to it, you shouldn’t try to self-diagnose or Google it.

It’s always best to let us take a look.

Below, and for some peace of mind, we have collated some relevant information regarding the onset or continuing nature of your bleeding gums, and treatment plans in trying to rectify it. As a side note, and quite unfortunately (at least when it comes to early detection) if your bleeding gums are a sign of gum disease, many are unaware of such a condition, as there isn’t really any pain or discomfort until it becomes more severe. Obviously, if you know what to look for, or have scheduled regular check ups at Abbotsford dental, we will be able to identify any risk factors or gum disease early on in its development, and prevent it from worsening.

Again, bleeding gums are usually the first sign of gum disease, and although it is easy to disregard or write off as perhaps brushing too hard, it should always be seen by a dental professional.

Sometimes, bleeding of your gums will also be accompanied by other, unsettling symptoms. Things such as painful tenderness, red and swollen gums that remain that way over a period of time, an increase in tooth sensitivity, and the onset of bad breath can all signify something amiss.

If my gums are bleeding, does it really mean I have gum disease

As discussed above, yes, it is the most common symptom, but there are other reasons as to why your gums would bleed.

They are as follows:

  • Brushing or flossing too hard
  • Dentures that do not fit properly or have become dislodged
  • A vitamin deficiency
  • Mouth sores
  • Medications such as blood thinners
  • Clotting and bleeding disorders
  • Pregnancy gingivitis (as opposed to regular gingivitis) which can arise from hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • And medical issues such as leukemia, heart conditions, diabetes, or scurvy can also cause your gum to bleed

As you can see, there are quite a few reasons outside the diagnosis of gum disease as to why your gums may bleed, so if you find yourself bleeding often, it is best to visit us here at Abbotsford Dental in order to rule out anything serious. From there, the right treatment plan will be implemented, and we will have you back to full health where your gums are in good shape and rarely bleed.

It’s time to smile again.

Gum Disease Treatment

Do You Have Bleeding Gums?

Do You Have Bleeding Gums?

If it is the case that you have the beginnings of gum disease, don’t stress, for our dentists know exactly what to do. The most effective form of treatment is to remove the plaque from your teeth, first and foremost, in order to prevent it from returning. Plaque, as you may be aware of, is a kind of bacteria that causes gum disease over time, by wearing your enamel and overall oral health into the ground. When dental plaque builds up, it turns into a hard and gluey substance that binds to your teeth, which not only looks unappealing and sounds awful, but is ultimately a damaging process that contributes greatly to dental complications. This is known as tartar, and tartar can lead to gum disease over time when you don’t clean your teeth properly and rid them of it. Again, you should see your dentist at the Abbotsford Dental Clinic with the first signs of any abnormal gum bleeding, and they will subsequently take care of any plaque or tartar present. It may sound dramatic, but if you act quickly and efficiently, visiting us here at Abbotsford Dental may prevent your gum disease (if that’s what it is) from developing into gingivitis or periodontal disease.

They, naturally, require further treatment.

Luckily, we can prevent those two scenarios from happening, and even if your gum disease is in an advanced stage, your dentist will recommend the appropriate treatment, such as periodontal therapy or dental surgery to maintain and control the issue.

There really is no excuse to ignore bleeding gums so come in and talk to us today.

Tips to prevent and stop bleeding gums

Like any form of preventive dental care, there are things you can do at home to ensure you are mostly free from the plight of bleeding gums, plaque build up, or even the development or tartar and infection.

Here are just a few

  • Brush properly with a soft toothbrush. Brush for 2 minutes and at least twice a day, especially after heavy meals
  • Floss once a day. Make sure to floss beyond your gum line to reach even more plaque in hard to reach places
  • Use a cold compress to control the bleeding in the short term
  • Use salt water and hydrogen peroxide to rinse the mouth in order to keep the area and surrounding tissue clean
  • Be mindful that tobacco will aggravate and even worsen gum bleeding
  • Limit your sugar and carbonated food and drink intake and strive to eat a balanced meal
  • Have your dentures aligned when required

Visit our General Dentistry in Abbotsford to find out more.

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Do You Have Bad Breath

Do You Have Bad Breath?

What you need to know about bad breath

Bad breath is not something you want. Ever. It is noticeable. Embarrassing. And something that reflects poorly on your health, both orally and overall. There is also being the butt of other’s jokes, and no one likes to be made fun of. With all that being said, a bad breath is everywhere. In the young. In the elderly. – When was your last Checkup & Clean?

And in tight spaces where it really makes itself known.

There is a list of reasons why someone would experience bad breath, but most of them revolved around the premise of good, oral hygiene (or lack there of.) It’s that simple. No matter the cause though, even if its because you have let certain oral standards slip, bad breath can drive a wedge between you and your partner, your family, and create uncomfortable and embarrassing social interactions.

So let’s do something about it……

Here are the facts on Bad breath

Like any condition, information and awareness are important. Together, they can form the catalyst for prevention and treatment, if of course, bad breath has found a home in your mouth.

  • Bad breath affects over 25% of the population. So don’t feel alone.
  • The most common cause of bad breath is halitosis which can be caused by poor oral hygiene that accumulates and forms bacteria.
  • Particles of food and foreign substances in the mouth provide bad smelling bacteria if they are not cleaned properly or cleared.
  • The importance of being properly hydrated can not be understated. Being hydrated not only helps your overall health, but reduces the population of foul smelling and odor causing bacteria in your mouth.
  • Ultimately, the best way to avoid the worst of bad breath is to practice good, proper oral hygiene. If you are flossing, brushing, and keeping well hydrated, you will greatly reduce the effects of such an unpopular and embarrassing condition

Treatment

Having bad breath from teeth or gums

Having bad breath from teeth

At Abbotsford Dental, our holistic approach to both dental overall health is a key factor when battling bad breath. A simple alteration in your lifestyle or daily habits can completely rid your mouth of nasty odors, and protect you from the development of gum disease as well as keeping your teeth and oral cavity in good health.

Regular visits to the Abbotsford Dental Clinic will also reduce the likelihood of developing bad breath as a result of bacteria, tooth decay, and infection. It is thus recommended that you should visit us least twice a year.

As part of our commitment to holistic health, our dentists may recommend a specific course of action in order to provide the best care available. They are there to help you and get you back on the right path, so if this is the case, feel free to ask any questions.

Risk Factors

There are certainly clear and everyday things that can be substituted or removed completely from your lifestyle to control the odors in your mouth from becoming unpleasant.

Some of them are as follows:

Smoking: Is probably the most obvious, and more and more people are lighting up than ever before. It’s in movies. In the culture. And has been for generations. At Abbotsford Dental, we will never pass judgment or ridicule you for your choices, but we will offer you clear and precise information about how smoking in particular can deteriorate your gums and mouth while causing an instant case of bad breath.

Certain Foods: Garlic, seafood, and even wine, can certainly linger on the breath and send those around you searching for the nearest nostril peg. Luckily, there are ways to minimize this issue, while still allowing you to enjoy yourself and have a good time. Using mouthwash throughout the day or after a certain meal and chewing sugar-free dental gum both go a long way in reducing the odors of certain foods. The reason why garlic and onions (among others) cause an unpleasant smell is due to the process of certain bacteria that breaks down your food. Foul-smelling by-products are unfortunately the result, so again, mouthwash and gum are certainly your friend here.

Dental Cleanliness: Simply? This boils down to how thorough you are when it comes to keeping your teeth and mouth clean and free from plaque build up. If you don’t necessarily care or are too lazy to keep up a daily routine, then understandably, your breath will certain reflect that.

If you are worried or embarrassed about bad breath, feel free to express this in the consultation and our dentists will do everything they can to assure you you are in good hands.

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Are Your Teeth Crooked?

Are Your Teeth Crooked?

Treating Crooked Teeth

At Abbotsford Dental, we know that crooked teeth are not only noticeable, but they can also lead to trouble down the line. In, fact crooked teeth can be both a cosmetic issue and a dental predicament that can worsen and become a health problem over time. Obviously, the visual aspect of having teeth that don’t align properly will be the first reason you consider having them corrected, but keep in mind, a prolonged period of crooked teeth can certainly lead to unwanted dental complications. Both children and adults can suffer from the plight of crooked or misaligned teeth or a bite that doesn’t align, but the good news is that the Abbotsford Dental team can easily treat anyone with such a dental complaint, and restore your teeth and smile to a healthier, brighter (and much straighter) version.

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

At Abbotsford Dental, we consider all the possibilities and outcomes that revolve around the issue of crooked teeth. That being said, the main and perhaps fundamental reason that teeth become crooked in the first place, is because of the way that your adult teeth grow in after your baby teeth have fallen out. During this otherwise exciting time, the adult teeth that grow in first without other teeth to keep them aligned can appear in ways you don’t want them to. Then, as more and more teeth appear, they end up working against each other where they are all vying to push their way through the compromised gaps, which means they do not always grown in ‘straight’ or as they should.

It happens.

Do you need Alignment for Crooked Teeth?If crooked teeth are plaguing you later in life, many adults can succumb to a similar concern, but this time…in reverse. When there is tooth loss or missing teeth, either from trauma or a professional extraction, your remaining teeth will naturally start to shift to fill the gap that is left behind. More room to move? Yep, you guessed it. Crooked teeth as a result of unwanted shifting and internal maneuvering.

Sometimes, the unpleasantness of a TMJ disorder that affects the movement of the jaw and the surrounding muscles can lead to crooked teeth, as can a cleft palate. These are more unique problems, but at Abbotsford Dental, we can work closely with you to discuss your options.

Are Crooked Teeth that Big of a Deal?

In short, yes.

Crooked teeth can lead to some nasty and unwanted issues and side effects that can be mostly avoided. There are treatments available and professionals ready to work on your crooked and misaligned smile, and that’s what we’re here to do. At Abbotsford Dental, in fact, we know that when your teeth are healthy and properly aligned, they can be taken for granted perhaps, in the way they allow your to speak clearly and unencumbered, while also performing other day-to-day activities such as eating. Teeth that are noticeably crooked, however, obviously can threaten such normal and everyday functions, while not providing the right support or structural balance. This ultimately can lead to muscle and jaw strain, two things you should never have to experience as a result of crooked teeth. You may also find that you are at a greater risk of things like toothache, increased sensitivity, the onset of gingivitis, and continuing tooth decay because, and understandably, it is harder to keep crooked teeth clean and properly cared for.

Keeping Crooked Teeth Straight

Enter the orthodontist

Orthodontics, although a mouthful, is a specialized field of dentistry that specifically deals with the issues surrounding your questionable tooth alignment, correcting your bite, or misaligned jaw. They are here to help straighten your teeth first and foremost, and as such, both adults and children can benefit from the available treatments they provide. At the Abbotsford Dental Clinic, there are several treatments that reside within this specialized field of dentistry, which include the introduction of orthodontic retainers, braces, and aligner trays. At Abbotsford Dental, we understand the stigma involved with braces, and historically, there was perhaps a justified reason. Braces in more primitive eras of dentistry were highly visible, painful, and ultimately, an uncomfortable form of orthodontic treatment. Modern braces, however, as most things that benefit from new technology and research, are a far more efficient and less intrusive form of treatment, and much more comfortable, while looking less noticeable and easily concealed.

So, essentially, you’re having your teeth aligned while the world is none the wiser. That’s a good combination!

Aligner trays are another discrete and mostly comfortable way of treating your crooked teeth, and since they can be easily removed, they are quite convenient when it comes to the practices and continual nature of good, oral hygiene habits.

Another option that is often overlooked as well, for whatever reason, is the implementation of veneers. If you have crooked teeth but your dentist at Abbotsford Dental is confident that they are merely a cosmetic issue, then they may recommend porcelain veneers to not only provide a smooth and well-aligned look for your teeth and smile, but to restore your confidence with moving forward.

The important of Regular Check Ups

It is a good idea for children to have regular dental check ups, because crooked teeth can often be prevented if their new adult teeth are monitored and properly managed. Regular dental check-ups also have a wide range of benefits for adults too, as they can go a long way in preventing tooth loss and decay, and things that ultimately result in your teeth being crooked. This protocol of being vigilant and aware of your oral health will ensure that your teeth and mouth will remain healthy and free from complication in the years to come.

If you play sports, we at Abbotsford Dental highly recommend you wear a mouth guard to prevent any potential damage to your gums and teeth. By following this simple step, it will help prevent any unnecessary tooth loss, or the possibility of chipping or breaking your teeth. Dentist-fit and professionally custom-built mouth guards offer a far better range of protection than the standard boil and bite that are found in chemists and even supermarkets, and at Abbotsford Dental, we can easily construct you a personalized mouthpiece for ultimate protection.

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Are You in Pain Now?

Need an Emergency Dentist?

Come and visit us here at Abbotsford Dental

Although it might not be an emergency that has your scrambling for the phone or through our doors here at Abbotsford Dental, pain and dental discomfort are things that still need to be properly addressed.

If you’re reading this right now, perhaps you are indeed, sitting in front of your computer or on your phone holding the side of your mouth, wondering the best course of treatment or action.
The good news is, the Abbotsford Dental Clinic is ready when you are.

Obviously, if the pain is unbearable, or it is indeed a dental emergency, it is good to know that the Abbotsford Dental Clinic will be able to assist you and offer immediate, pain-relieving assistance.

Why am I in so much pain?

Dental Emergency Abbotsford Dentist NSWWe at Abbotsford Dental will never trivialize dental pain. We understand perfectly how excruciating it can be, and the desperate need for relief and subsequent treatment. Tooth decay, infection or tooth abscess, a cracked tooth, gum disease, and the notorious and sudden nature of needing a root canal procedure, can all leave your mouth feeling miserable and inflamed and in dire need of a dental professional.

At Abbotsford Dental, we are equipped and ready to tackle your dental problems head on, and that definitely includes relieving any pain or discomfort you may be experiencing right at this moment.

Other Services to Relieve Tooth Pain

If your filling has fallen out, your dental implants need to be looked at or readjusted, if you’re having issues with your dentures, or if you require a form of cosmetic surgery to improve the quality of your life, then one simple phone call to the Abbotsford Dental Clinic will ease your mind and begin proceedings to have you healthy and pain-free again. If you have been needlessly suffering or tolerating a damaged or painful smile, or have tried to ignore dental issues, then perhaps it’s time to come in for a visit and see what we can offer you.

Pediatric Dentistry and More

When we talk about tooth pain and treatment plans, possible dental problems and gum-related issues, we are of course including your children in such a wide and accommodating dental care approach. Our Emergency Dentists at Abbotsford Dental are more than happy, and more than qualified and professionally equipped to work closely with children, allowing our clinic to provide a family-orientated service that both you and your children will comfortable in visiting.

Finally, at Abbotsford Dental, you can rest assured and breathe a little easier knowing that we are always ready to help and ease the burden of tooth pain, especially for those in the Abbotsford, Collingwood, and Fitzroy areas. We cater to a wide range of dental and emergency dental needs, for both you and your children, and will go to the next level every time in order to ensure you leave our clinic happy, healthy, and with a big, beautiful smile.

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Do you need teeth cleaning? Yellow teeth | Abbotsford Dental before and after images

The Best 9 Tips to Prevent Yellow Teeth

In today’s society, having pearly white teeth has become a focal point. Having white teeth gives us confidence when we smile and are talking to others. We all know that brushing and flossing are important in helping to maintain white teeth, but over time, our teeth can become discolored.

guys will take my lunch and take this opportunity to finish an errand and be back…while the rain stopped and lightning and thunder gone…need to go to the post officeTeeth can become stained, or yellow, both on and beneath the surface, for a number of reasons. This is mostly due to the enamel on our teeth becoming thin. If the enamel on our teeth is too thin, they can develop a yellowish appearance. The enamel on our teeth can naturally wear thin due to age, but can also be as a result of consuming foods that are high in acid content or sugar, such as candies and soft drinks. Drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes can also stain our teeth.

If regular brushing and flossing isn’t helping to improve your discoloration, then it might be time to look at some other options. There are some pretty extreme techniques for keeping our teeth white, but following are the best 9 tips to help keep your teeth pearly white:

1). Brush your teeth after each meal

The most obvious way to minimise stains on your teeth is to brush after each meal. Dental hygiene is a critical component in keeping your teeth nice and white. Although it is often not practical to do this after every meal, this is certainly the best way.

2). Avoid food and drink that can stain on your teeth

As mentioned earlier, coffee and cigarettes are the main culprits for the discoloration of our teeth. However, other beverages such as wine, tea and sports drinks can also stain our teeth. Food such as hard candies, berries and even tomato sauce can also play a role in the discoloration of our teeth. To prevent the staining of our teeth, it is best to avoid, or at least minimise consumption of these foods and beverages.

3). Quit smoking

Coffee and smoking general go hand in hand. By reducing or eliminating coffee and also cigarettes, this can go a long way to reducing stains on your teeth. Not only will quitting smoking keep your teeth bright, you will also reap the other health benefits.

4). Change of diet

We mentioned earlier about avoiding certain food and drink, but the inclusion of certain foods in your diet can also assist in the prevention of yellow teeth. There are certain foods that can actually strengthen your teeth. These include the following:

  • Foods high in magnesium and potassium like leafy green veggies, apples or pears
  • Food high in calcium such as milk, cheese and yogurt
  • Free range eggs
  • Root vegetables including sweet potatoes and carrots
  • Nuts such as almonds and walnuts
  • Celery, pumpkin and mushrooms

5). Drinking through a straw

If you are unable to forgo beverages that are known to cause stains on your teeth, then drinking through a straw might be an option. We now know that the consumption of sugar has other effects on our health, not just your teeth. Therefore, it is best to avoid soft drinks completely. However, using a straw can at least help minimise the impact on your teeth.

6). Baking soda

Baking soda is one of the best ingredients that you can use to get rid of yellow teeth. It can also  help to remove plaque keeping your teeth nice and white. Following are two of the better and safer methods:

  • Mix one quarter of a teaspoon of baking soda with a little toothpaste. Brush your teeth with this gritty mixture and rinse with warm water. Use it once or twice a week.
  • You can also scrub your teeth gently for at least two minutes with diluted baking soda. Do this twice in the first week, and then every 15 days after that. Please note that the use of baking soda can strip your teeth of its natural enamel.

7). Don’t allow your mouth to become dry

There are a number of factors that can cause our mouth to become dry. When our mouths become dry, our supply of saliva decreases. This can affect the enamel on our teeth hence, make our teeth appear yellow. Factors such as smoking, drinking caffeine and certain mouthwashes can actually dry up our saliva. Sugar free chewing gum and regular water intake can help stop our mouth from drying out too much.

8). Lemon and orange peel

One of the methods used to clean our teeth is by taking lemon or orange peel, and rubbing it on our teeth for a couple of minutes prior to going to bed. Lemon and orange juice contain beneficial acids which can assist in cleaning our teeth. However, acid can also wear away the enamel on our teeth.  Therefore, it is very important that you rinse your mouth out with water after rubbing the orange or lemon peel on your teeth.

9). Visit your dentist

We all know that we should visit dentist every 6 months for a check up. This helps with the maintenance of our teeth by making sure that decays are kept under control. However, your dentist can recommend a number of different techniques and procedures for also whitening your teeth, we can include bleaching. Everyone’s teeth are different, so if you are finding it difficult to whiten your teeth through some of the natural remedies recommended in this article, you may wish to consult your dentist to discuss other options.

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Tonsil Stones

We have all have tonsils, but do we actually understand what they do and why? What’s more, do we know what tonsil stones and tonsillitis actually are? Let’s start by looking at some basics.

WHAT ARE TONSILS?

Tonsils are gland like structures that sit in the back of our throat. They sit in a pocket on each side of our throat. Their main purpose is to fight and prevent infection of the area by trapping bacteria as it passes through the throat.

WHAT CAUSES TONSIL STONES?

Ironically, tonsil stones, or tonsilloliths, are formed when bacteria from phlegm, food and other debris become trapped in our tonsils. Over time, this debris hardens and then calcifies. Our tonsils are filled with nooks and crannies and this is where tonsil stones form. This mostly occurs in people who have chronic inflammation of their tonsils, or repeated bouts of tonsillitis. Tonsil stones are quite small and they don’t often become large. However, some of the symptoms can be quite painful and hard to manage.

TONSIL STONE SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of tonsil stones are not very noticeable however, there can be multiple symptoms. As tonsil stones are an oral condition, some of the symptoms can be rather embarrassing. These symptoms can include the following:

Bad breath

One of the most common, and certainly worst symptoms of tonsil stones, is bad breath. This is normally associated with a tonsil infection and is usually a result of sulphur compounds contained in the breath. However, tonsil stones can also produce bad breath as they are a result of an accumulation of rotting food and other debris. Eww yuck!

Sore throat

A sore throat usually occurs as a result of tonsillitis. When a tonsil stone forms together with tonsillitis, it can be difficult to determine exactly where the pain is coming from. However, a tonsil stone on its own can also cause pain and discomfort in the area in which it is lodged.

Coughing

Sometimes tonsil stones become embedded in the area closest to the middle of the throat. This can produce bouts of coughing that can continue until the tonsil stone is removed or dislodged. This can cause a lot of inconvenience and discomfort for the sufferer.

Tonsillitis

Tonsil stones can lead to tonsillitis as a result of the constant irritation caused by the tonsils. This can lead to swelling of the tonsils, and subsequently, tonsillitis. This can be very uncomfortable and painful.

Ear pain

Ear pain can also be caused by tonsil stones. As tonsil stones can develop anywhere in the tonsil area, and the tonsil shares nerve pathways with the ear, this might cause a person to feel pain in their ear. This is despite the fact the stone itself is not actually touching the ear.

HOW ARE TONSIL STONES TREATED?

This can depend on the size of the tonsil stone and the potential for it to cause discomfort or further harm. Some options include the following:

Removal at home. Some people become so irritated by tonsil stones that they will remove them at home. This is not necessarily recommended. People have used everything from a toothbrush to a toothpick to do this. Care should be taken.

Surgical removal

If tonsils stones become large enough to cause severe pain and discomfort, you may choose to have them surgically removed. The procedure for this is relatively simple and it’s done with the use of a numbing agent, as opposed to needing a general anesthetic.

Laser Tonsil Cryptolysis

This is a noninvasive laser treatment. It helps to eliminate pockets and crevices where tonsil stones can become lodged. The procedure will only require a local anesthesia and is a fairly quick and pain-free process.

Natural remedies

Gargling morning and night with warm salt water Is a popular way to help to ease the discomfort of tonsil stones and tonsillitis. However, gargling with lemon juice or vinegar mixed with warm water can also assist with the removal of tonsil stones. These methods can also assist with bad breath.

Antibiotics

Various antibiotics can be used for the treatment of tonsil stones. However, this does not directly assist with the removal of tonsil stones.

Mouthwash

Many types of mouthwash in the marketplace contain alcohol and other chemicals. This can actually have an adverse effect on the condition of your mouth, including making your mouth dry. This, in turn, can create an environment in which bacteria can flourish. Therefore, it is important to check the ingredients of the mouthwash to ensure there isn’t a high concentration of chemicals that may adversely affect the condition of your mouth.

HOW ARE TONSIL STONES PREVENTED?

Dental hygiene

Regular brushing and flossing of your teeth will certainly go a long way towards preventing tonsil stones from occurring. As mentioned earlier, tonsil stones are formed as a result of calcified food remains and other oral debris. Regular brushing and flossing will help to remove these food particles and other forms of bacteria that may become lodged in your teeth and subsequently, your tonsils.

Tonsillectomy

If you have a chronic case of tonsillitis, the best way to prevent this condition from getting worse, or repeating, is to have the tonsils surgically removed. This procedure is known as a tonsillectomy and removes the tissues of the tonsils completely. If this is done you, basically eliminate the chances of tonsil stones forming. If a tonsillectomy is performed, the patient will be required to undergo a general anesthetic. They will they will also feel some discomfort and pain that will last for a few days after the procedure.

Drinking water

Drinking water on a regular basis allows you to constantly flush your mouth of any leftover food particles after eating. This will also prevent your mouth from drying out too much, which can help in the proliferation of oral bacteria. Smoking is another way in which your mouth can dry out, so you may want to also consider quitting smoking.

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Top 5 Toothbrushes Dentists Recommend

Top 5 Toothbrushes Dentists Recommend

A good many people don’t give serious thoughts about visiting the dentist as frequently as recommended. Yet we tend to eat some food that encourages the growth of bacteria in your mouth and on our teeth.

With the infrequent dental check-ups and personal habits that are nowhere close to exemplary, it is a good idea to invest in a toothbrush that will keep your pearly whites fresh and plaque-free.

But which toothbrush is the best?

Well, the right toothbrush doesn’t have to be electric or manual. Both types are equally effective when used right. The only edge a powered toothbrush has over the classic types is that it might help you ditch bad brushing habits such as failing to hit hard-to-reach spots.

To help you choose a good toothbrush, these are the five best toothbrushes (in no particular order) that dentist commonly recommend to their patients;

  • Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush

The DiamondClean is considered the best Sonicare teeth whitening electric toothbrush by most users. It comes with five unique brushing modes: white, clean, polish, gum care and sensitive for you to choose the setting that best suits you.

With a dual charging system featuring a unique charging glass and a travel case, you can enjoy up to two weeks of regular brushing on a single full charge.

To charge at home, simply place the toothbrush bottom down into the sleek charger glass that usually fits stylishly into any bathroom and doubles up as glass for rinsing your mouth after brushing.

If you’re always on the go, you can always stay topped up thanks to the travel case that easily connects to a wall socket or a laptop via USB.

Away from charging, the DiamondClean electric toothbrush is also designed with two brush heads to offer a thorough clean to tricky spots, where food and bacterial plaque get trapped. The heads have diamond shaped bristles that effectively but gently remove surface stains and scrape plaque away.

  • Colgate ProClinical Expert White

This is a high-end electric toothbrush from the world leading brand: Colgate. It comes with three heads, lasting for about ten weeks each, and a handy travel case.

Thanks to its auto-setting that pauses mid-brush cycle, you will always get a reminder to proceed to other parts of your mouth and even know when your two-minute brush is complete. In essence, it automates the whole brushing experience making dental care a much easier task.

Unlike a manual toothbrush, the Colgate ProClinical Expert White has an oval head producing up to 32,5000 brush strokes per minute. The shape may make it a little tricky to hit the back teeth, but with a little bit of practice, you’ll get the hang of it.

  • Oral-B Vitality Dual Clean Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush

For a low-cost electric toothbrush, the Oral-B Vitality is top of the range. It works by producing high-speed oscillating motion resulting in a cleaner teeth and healthier gums.

The toothbrush is compatible with a broad range of replacement toothbrush heads, including CrossAction, Sensitive Clean, 3D White, Precision Clean, FlossAction, TriZone, Deep Sweep, Ortho, ProWhite, PowerTip and Dual Clean, so you can always use the head that most suits you.

It features a built-in timer to help you brush for a full two minutes and ensures all the four quadrants of your mouth get a thorough clean.

  • Colgate Extra Clean Toothbrush

This is Amazon’s best selling manual toothbrush. The Colgate Extra Clean toothbrush has circular power bristles that can bend back far enough to scrape away plaque on those stubborn teeth at the back. The end-rounded bristles are specially polished to help protect your gums and enamel, keeping them cleaner and healthier.

The toothbrush has a thin, flexible handle that allows you to get a good grip. With this kind of grip, it is easier to get the right angle while brushing your teeth and hit the hard-to-reach spots, including the back teeth hiding food and the spaces between teeth.

The toothbrush is available in both soft and medium varieties so you can pick what you most prefer. Let the word ‘soft’ not mislead you; this variety has perfectly firm bristles for superior cleaning.

Also, the toothbrush comes in a broad range of colours to ensure you get not just a good quality, but also a colour that you can resonate with.

  • Oral-B Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Toothbrush

Most Oral-B products are great, and the Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Toothbrush is one of the best from the brand. It features powerful bristles that are designed to be gentle on teeth and gums. You can be sure to get a superior clean with the two flexing sides that adjust to the contours and curves of your teeth.

It’s easy to understand why most dentists worldwide recommend this toothbrush: it removes well over 93 percent of plaque in the spots that are hard to reach when using manual toothbrushes.

The toothbrush also removes most of the plaque along your gum line without hurting your sensitive gums, leaving your mouth feeling superior clean and producing fresh breath.

You’ll love the fact that this toothbrush not only removes surface stains but also reduces gingivitis.

The Pro-Health Clinical Pro-Flex Toothbrush is available in both soft and medium varieties, both that give equally superior results. They are also available in different colours in each pack, so you can be sure to find what you love.

Some reviewers of this bestselling toothbrush compare it to the most premium electric toothbrushes. You may want to save hugely by ditching the costlier powered toothbrushes in favour of this cheaper but equally effective alternative.

Wrap up

Even though we only listed these five dentist-recommended toothbrushes, we’re fully aware that there are still many other great toothbrushes out there. Besides, any toothbrush is worthless if you brush incorrectly.

These five toothbrushes may not be the best for everyone or for every situation, but according to dentists across the world, they are certainly at the top of the list no matter how you try to slice it. Always remember to get the softest toothbrush you can find as most people now over brush, doing permanent damage to the gums and enamel.

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