Curbing Your Sweet Tooth With Xylitol (and the oral health benefits)

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Sugar has had a bad wrap over the last several years and for good reason, sugar has no essential nutrients, is bad for your health AND destroys your teeth. If that’s not enough sugar can cause liver disease, insulin resistance causing diabetes, cancer, hormone irregularities, heart disease and it will make you fat. Sugar is in nearly all processed foods and the worst part is it’s very addictive. So although as dentists we have a justifiable anti-sugar platform since it is one of the biggest culprits of the dental problems we see on a daily basis, there are loads of other reasons aside from oral health that you should be avoiding this substance.

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What We Love About Whistler In Summertime

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Here at Whistler Dental we can’t help but feel truly blessed about where we live, but the feeling of appreciation is amplified when summer comes to town. Many people come to Whistler for the winter, but they end up falling in love with the summer. It’s something you can really only understand when you experience it first-hand. Located in one of the most picturesque spots in the world, summertime in Whistler comes alive with wildlife, plant-life, social life and more. If you’re new to Whistler or are wondering what makes this place so great in the summertime, here is what we love about summer in Whistler.

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Jaw Pain? It Could be TMJ.

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What is TMJ?

TMJ, or the temporomandibular joint, is the powerful jaw joint that acts like a sliding hinge and connects your jawbone to your skull. This forceful joint does a lot of work and in some cases, people can experience jaw pain in the jaw joint itself and the muscles that control the movement. This pain can be very prohibitive and often goes undiagnosed or mistreated. Here at Whistler Dental we are specially trained to identify and treat this type of jaw soreness which manifests in many other symptoms. If you’ve been experience jaw soreness, chronic headaches, dizziness or vertigo, or ear fullness or pain, it could be a sign of TMJ and a trip to Whistler Dental will help determine this.

How does it occur?

Often TMJ is caused by trauma to the chin or the side of the head, or whiplash. There are also more subtle causes of TMJ such as missing, broken or worn down teeth (these causes are much more common). Jaw clenching is a major culprit for TMJ, and people who clench or grind are prone to this condition. In some cases there are a range of factors that cause the TMJ. Genetics, arthritis may also make people more prone to it.

What are some effects?

There are a range of symptoms which indicate TMJ and because of this, the condition is often mis-treated or diagnosed as something else. Chronic headaches, ear aches, clicking and/ or popping jaw joints, pain when chewing, snoring, acid reflux and neck pain are all symptoms of TMJ. If left untreated sufferers often see arthritis or inflammation of the joint; this can cause pressure on the vestibular/ cochlear nerve which can lead to vertigo or tinnitus and wreak havoc on a person’s quality of life.

How is it treated and results?

Unfortunately many people who suffer from TMJ either don’t know that they have it so are treated for handfuls of other conditions, or they seek alternative treatments for the condition which simply do not work. Dentists are the only health care providers that can offer true relief and help for this due to their specialized training and treatment of the underlying cause, not just the symptoms.

Here at Whistler Dental we perform a comprehensive head and neck evaluation plus assess health history to diagnose the condition. We then can outline a treatment plan which can include surgery, wearing a night guard, relaxation techniques and more. Often there are nonsurgical ways to treat the condition. Patients treated successfully from TMJ will notice headaches ease, ringing and ear pain cease and relief of other symptoms.

Why you need to see Whistler Dental?

If you have any of the symptoms described above and have sought relief from other medical specialists and nothing has sustained, come see us at Whistler Dental. We will give you a comprehensive assessment for TMJ and if it is determined you are suffering from the condition, we will determine a treatment plan that suits you and most of all, allows you to be free of pain and suffering so your quality of life returns to optimal levels.

12 Good Reasons For Smiling

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Looking to improve your health? Smile! This facial expression has more advantages that just showing off a happy emotion to those around you! Smiling actually triggers activity in your brain that creates a whole slough of health benefits. It can improve mental wellbeing, physical health, and increase longevity. As easy as it may seem, this expression actually requires a lot of muscles to get going. Luckily, there are plenty of things in Whistler that can trigger a genuine smile. We’ve gathered up 12 good reasons for smiling, Whistler related or not!

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Want Whiter Teeth? Here Is How We Can Help.

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Teeth discolouration is a normal part of aging, and if your pearly whites are less than lustrous, teeth whitening may be something you’re considering. Here at Whistler Dental we offer two types of teeth whitening options, making the issue of discoloured teeth obsolete for those seeking a solution. There are several main culprits that are responsible for the discolouration of teeth. In a recent Blog post we discuss the foods to stay away from or limit if you want to maintain a bright white smile. We are passionate about helping people achieve their best smiles possible and you will likely agree, and we do this through SMILE DESIGN. Here are the teeth whitening solutions we offer at Whistler Dental.

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7 Photo-Worthy Places in Whistler That Will Make You Smile

Whether a full-time Whistler resident, weekender, or tourist passing by, there are a handful of iconic Whistler landmarks that make picture post-card memories. If you’ve yet to visit, or have not yet added these shots to your photo collection, why not snap some memories from these recognizable spots in Whistler. Not only will they provide the perfect backdrop to some stunning photos, they will naturally evoke that cheek to cheek grin.

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What Is Invisalign?

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The days of wearing cumbersome metal braces are over. Enter Invisalign, a clear custom aligner that’s virtually invisible and will straighten your teeth. Invisalign has helped over 4 million patients achieve their very best smiles and is made with innovations based on over 20 years of research. The importance of a healthy smile goes far beyond the aesthetics. Healthy smiles with straight and well aligned teeth reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. For adults and teenagers who desire a healthier smile and are after a discreet and effective treatment, Invisalign may be the answer.

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Why We Love Springtime in Whistler

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March is here and although we still have a couple months left of the ski season, Spring is on our doorstep and there are plenty of things to be excited about! Over the years Whistler has transformed from a sleepy mountainside town, to a thriving winter destination and is now considered a world-class all season resort. Here at Whistler Dental we delight in the changing of the seasons with something new to look forward to every quarter. So what are our favourite things about Springtime? Let us share them with you.

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Want Whiter Teeth? Avoid These Teeth-Staining Foods

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Having vibrantly white teeth is a pre-requisite for a perfect smile and no matter what smile you flaunt, it always looks better whiter. Many people go through tremendous efforts taking care of their teeth. They brush, floss and have regular dental check ups. Often people fail to realize that the food that we eat can be the cause of discoloured teeth. Most people understand the beverage culprits, such as coffee and wine, but don’t look at the food they ingest into their bodies as causes for less than lustrous fangs. Here we look at some of the common foods that lead to less than radiant teeth.

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5 Common Traits of a Whistler Local

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The community of Whistler is unique for many reasons. Positioned amongst the mountains in one of the most popular tourist towns in the world, Whistler locals are lucky in many ways. The playground that draws travelers from around the world is the extended back-yard of Whistler locals. Despite over 2 million international visitors a year, a large portion of weekend residents, and a seasonal influx of workers, the Whistler community of 10,000 still remains tight knit. Presented with the best of everything (nature, food, adventure, facilities) Whistlerites are spoiled for choice when it comes to indulging in the best this world can offer. The unparalleled uniqueness of Whistler breeds a local population that share some overwhelmingly common traits. If you’re a Whistler local do you exhibit these traits? Can you add any more to the list?

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