Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
We all know that toothpaste is used to brush your teeth, but did you know that toothpaste also has some other interesting and effective uses? The properties in toothpaste, including it’s texture and smell, makes toothpaste an extremely versatile product.
Check out some of these other uses for toothpaste!
Friday, March 16th, 2018
A ‘simple’ invention perhaps, the toothbrush is an item that exists in pretty much every household. Most of you know what the modern version of toothbrush looks like, but have you ever taken the time to see how the toothbrush has evolved throughout history?
A boring topic perhaps, but nonetheless, the evolution of the toothbrush is actually quite interesting.
It’s been estimated that the first toothbrush appeared around the 3500 BC mark and is said to have been used by Egyptians and Babylonians.
Tuesday, March 13th, 2018
Why and when is gum surgery required?
There are two reasons that an individual may consider gum surgery. One reason is for cosmetic purposes and the other is out of necessity due to disease or other medical, gum related issues.
There are actually several different types of gum surgery that an individual may require if a gum disease is present. A gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease. One of the most common causes of gum disease is a result of excessive bacteria buildup in the mouth. Also, Certain factors such as medications and chronic illnesses can make someone more susceptible to gum disease even if he or she follows a thorough oral care routine on a daily basis.
Friday, March 9th, 2018
What is a periodontist? By this point, you’ve already discovered it’s a specialized form of dentistry. These doctors spend an average of three extra years studying the supporting structures of your teeth—also known as your periodontium.
The periodontium is made up of a number of different structures such as the gingiva (gums), the alveolar bone (which holds your tooth sockets), cementum (which covers the root of your tooth), and the periodontal ligament (this connects your tooth to the alveolar bone.)
Tuesday, March 6th, 2018
The antisocial condition of halitosis is a common one. And an awkward one; it’s very difficult for us to smell our own breath as we get used to it over time. Unfortunately, this means you have to be informed of this unpleasant odour by someone who is (hopefully) close to you. Have a feeling people are shying their nose away from you when you’re speaking to them? A good trick is to lick the inside of your wrist and let the saliva dry; if it presents an odour that smells a bit off, high chances are you need to freshen up that breath.
Saturday, March 3rd, 2018
That little bit of blood in the sink after you finishing brushing your teeth is never something to ignore. While bleeding gums is quite common, leaving it untreated can cause an array of damage to your mouth and the rest of your body.
To nurse those sore, inflamed gums back to health, we need to be aware of what causes it in the first place. Although a multitude of reasons could be the culprit, the general and most common is gingivitis—inflamed gums due to plaque build-up. Plaque is a bacterial film that gets into the hard to clean places between your teeth and around your gums (this is why flossing is so important.) This plaque build-up also cause gums to recede, and when the plaque doesn’t get removed, it hardens into to tartar. This can progress gingivitis to periodontitis and jawbone disease. Even worse, once your gums are bleeding due to the plaque, the bacteria can sneak directly into your blood stream via the ulcerations on your gum tissue and lead to stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
What makes our teeth decay?
If you’ve ever had a cavity, you’ve experienced decaying of your teeth. But why do teeth decay and what are some of the causes?
Tooth decay occurs when an acidic, tacky film called ‘plaque’ forms up on your teeth and begins to break down the surface of your teeth. Plaque is formed when small food particles are combined with bacteria in your mouth and saliva.
Sugary drinks and food containing sugar, as well as food and drinks high in carbohydrates are turned into energy by the bacteria in plaque and at the same time, produce acid. The acid, plaque and bacteria, all play a role in tooth decay.
Friday, February 23rd, 2018
The dentists at Vancouver Dental Group have been serving residents of Kitsilano and the surrounding areas for several years now. We take great pride in providing our patients with a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere during their visit to our dental clinic and of course, also offering the highest level of professionalism and experience you would expect from your dentist.
Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
What is an Orthodontist?
An Orthodontist is a dentist who practices a special type of dentistry called Orthodontics. Orthodontic dentistry includes diagnosing and treating dental irregularities that include over bite, under bite, crooked teeth, over-crowded teeth, and sometimes even problems with the jaw. An Orthodontist has a special degree in orthodontics that a regular dentist does not have.
An Orthodontist can be an integral part of your dental health care team at any age. Children benefit from a proactive approach to oral health – because an Orthodontist will be able to predict what problems may occur as the child’s teeth and jaw develop. And we all probably know at least one adult who opted to fix a crooked smile with ‘adult braces’ right?
Friday, February 16th, 2018
What is a Dental Onlay?
A dental onlay is also known as a partial crown, and is a restorative treatment that will address problems with the bite surfaces (cusps) of a tooth. Where a filling would be used to address issues inside the tooth structure only, and a crown would be used to cover all surfaces of an entire tooth, a dental onlay is something in between. A dental onlay will act like a filling for the outside of the tooth, and like a cap or crown, however it is not a full crown, as it is only applied to the bite surface