5 Reasons Biking Makes Us Smile

 

Biking season is upon us once again, and we’ve never been so excited. If you’ve caught the biking bug, you’ll know the exhilaration of flying over spectacular mountaintop scenery, or gently riding through Whistler’s alpine forest. The truth is, no matter your ability, age, shape or size, everyone can enjoy biking, and the reasons to love it go far beyond practicality. Here are a few reasons why biking puts a smile on our face:

#1 Freedom

In our eyes, there’s nothing more freeing than hopping on a bike and immediately feeling the wind in our hair and the fresh mountain air in our face. Biking is a great escape from everyday stress, and there is so much to savour. Whether we’re descending towards Whistler’s stunning lakes, quietly cruising through a forest trail, or even taking a break with a cold drink, there’s a certain sense of freedom we get when sat on our bikes that nothing can compare to.

#2 Speed

We all know the anguish of being stuck in traffic that just never seems to move, and don’t even get us started on not being able to find somewhere to park. On a bike, we are free to take as many twists and turns possible to avoid traffic jams, and we get to know all the best short cuts. Biking is an efficient, speedy way to get from A to B, and it really does deliver us from door to door. It serves as the perfect medium between driving and walking, as it’s still slow enough for us to be able to take in our surroundings. Plus, we end up saving a ton of money on petrol.

#3 Fitness

Aerobics exercises like biking have an immense impact on our physical health. Biking burns a crazy amount of calories and really gets us to use all of our body, meaning we can reward ourselves afterwards guilt-free. As a non-impact sport, it’s also great for our joints, and lots of physiotherapists recommend it for people recovering from injuries. Biking is also incredibly beneficial for our mental health- according to Bike Citizens, biking is known to reduce stress, reduce depression and anxiety and give us an overall self-esteem boost!

#4 Nature

While we’re sweating and struggling on a steep mountain incline, we get to know the countryside pretty well. Riding past rivers, mountains, alpine meadows and all sorts of wildlife is the perfect way to wind down and relax. Being so close to nature truly gives us a new appreciation for the beauty of Whistler’s backcountry, as we get up close and personal with the flora and fauna. Plus, we can ride with the satisfaction that we are helping all this beautiful nature by not polluting it.

#5 Adventure

Ultimately, the sense of adventure is what keeps us coming back to biking. The feeling of setting off with no real destination in mind and no coherent vision of where we’re going is what makes biking so thrilling every time. Biking can be the perfect solitary sport, but we enjoy riding and exploring with our friends even more. All we need is two wheels and a set of pedals and we’re free to explore new parts of Whistler that we’ve never even seen before.

Here at Whistler Dental we cannot wait for summer to begin. The weather, activities, and overall good vibes of the community make us grateful to live and work in such an amazing place. We pride ourselves on providing quality dental care to visitors and members of the Whistler community. If you need routine, emergency or cosmetic dental care, get in contact with us now!

 

 

What’s the difference between bonding and veneers?

 

 

If you’re unhappy with your teeth, both veneers and bonding are great for fixing imperfections and giving you that perfect smile. Maybe you’ve been thinking about changing the appearance of your teeth for a while, or maybe you’re just curious. Either way, it’s important to make sure you have all the information available to you. We’ve prepared this handy guide outlining the processes and overall lasting effects of both veneers and bonding, so you can make a decision that’s right for you.

 

The basics of Veneers:

A veneer is a thin shell that is placed on the front of the tooth. Veneers are custom-made for each patient, and are usually made from porcelain, which means they are almost undistinguishable from natural teeth.

The dentist starts the process by removing a thin layer of enamel from your teeth and makes a mould of them, which is used to create your veneers. In between appointments you may be given temporary veneers to wear to cover the portion of tooth that was removed. At your next visit, composite resin cement is then used to individually glue the permanent porcelain veneers onto your teeth.

According to Dentistry Today, porcelain veneers are great for covering gaps between teeth, and also hide crooked, misshapen or stained teeth. Veneers are very effective in correcting overcrowding, and can really transform your smile.

 

The basics of Bonding:

Unlike a veneer that is made outside of the mouth, bonding is placed inside the mouth by a dentist, and then shaped and hardened to match the rest of your teeth. A small amount of chemical is put on the tooth to make it rough, and then the dentist layers a composite resin on your tooth and shapes it to give it a natural finish. While the process is more delicate, it is much quicker than veneers, and many teeth can be done in one visit.

Bonding is great for minor repairs, and can be shaped to look like the missing part of a tooth. It is also used to correct tooth spacing and fix cracked or chipped teeth.

 

Which one is right for you?

Ultimately, it depends on what you are comfortable having done, and the results you hope to achieve. Bonding is a great quick fix, but usually only lasts around 3-5 years. Veneers are contrastingly more permanent, and if looked after properly can last anywhere from 10-25 years. It’s also worth mentioning that the composite resin used in bonding is far more susceptible to staining and discolouration, which does not occur with veneers.

If you are considering bonding or veneers, here at Whistler Dental we have experts who would be happy to discuss with you which procedure you would be better suited to. We truly believe that designing the perfect smile can really help you to live your best life possible, so book an appointment with us today.

Help Your Kids Overcome Their Dental Fears

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Spiders, the dark, and heights: children develop many fears that need to be
conquered. With strange white rooms, unusual smells, and masked doctors, the
dentist can be a very common one for young children. Yet allowing this anxiety
to develop can cause serious health problems to children that could persist in
later life. Teaching your kids about the importance of oral health can be a great
way to calm their nerves, and it doesn’t have to be boring. Consider trying out
some of the recommendations below.

1. Start check-ups young

Normalising check-ups can be the most effective way to eradicate your child’s
nerves. The more common you make something, the less anxiety it will provoke.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) advises parents to take
their children to the dentist every six months, starting when their first tooth
appears. If children get used to this routine, and grow up with memories of
visiting the dentist, it will seem like a normal part of life that they can’t even
remember being scared of.

2. Watch the words you say

Kids really look to their parents to gauge how to react to things, so using positive
reinforcements can teach your child that dentists are the ‘good guys’. By
substituting negative words like ‘pain’ and ‘hurt’ for positive phrases about how

the dentist is a ‘superhero’ for teeth, here to ‘check for sugar bugs’, your child
will learn to see trips to the dentist as exciting rather than daunting.

3. Make it fun

This may all sound like a bit of a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. Kids love to
pretend, so playing dentist at home can be a great way to educate your child. All
you need is a toothbrush, mirror, and a willing pretend patient, and your child
can get to grips with how an appointment works. Colourful toothbrushes with
their favourite cartoon characters, and even different flavours of toothpaste, can
also encourage kids to want to brush their teeth and make everything that little
bit easier.

4. Make oral health a priority

Teaching children that oral health is an investment will have perhaps the
greatest lasting impact. Your child can quickly internalize a simple routine that
involves brushing twice a day, and flossing regularly, and will most likely carry it
through to adulthood. By creating an open discussion about dental hygiene, and
having a solid routine that they can follow, they will soon learn to look after their
teeth without even thinking.

5. Choose a dentist with experience

Finally, choosing the right dentistry can be crucial to putting your child at ease.
Dentists who specialize in families will be experts in making your child as
comfortable as possible, and will put their best efforts into building trust and
calming nerves.

Here at Whistler Dental, we treat outpatients like family and specialize in suiting
every patient’s needs, so book an appointment for your child today!

April Is Oral Health Month

April is Oral Health Month in Canada. Oral Health Month serves as a reminder of the importance of good oral hygiene. This includes but is not limited to brushing at least twice daily, flossing and regular visits to the dentist not only keep your mouth healthy but also contribute to better health overall.

We often ignore many of the symptoms of poor oral health and potential problems. Bleeding or tender gums, bad breath, sores and so much more take a back seat whereas an irritation or pain elsewhere in the body would mean a trip to the doctor.

Poor oral health can affect a person’s quality of life. Oral pain, missing teeth or oral infections can influence the way a person speaks, eats and socializes. These oral health problems can reduce a person’s quality of life by affecting their physical, mental and social well-being. Not to mention correcting a serious oral health issue can be expensive.

The reality is that oral health problems could be a sign of something serious such as oral cancer. Every year approximately 3,200 Canadians are diagnosed with oral cancer and 1,050 deaths from oral cancer occur. This devastating disease has a low survival rate because it is often diagnosed very late. With early detection, the survival rate of oral cancer can be greatly improved. This means going to your dentist for regular dental exams. Your dentist has the training and experience to detect oral cancer early.

In addition to seeing your dentist regularly, here are 4 great ways to keep your teeth healthy from the Canadian Dental Association:

  1. Brush at least twice a day and floss at least once daily between dental office visits. Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride and is approved by the Canadian Dental Association.
  2. Make healthy food choices, and try to limit sugary and highly acidic foods, which can promote tooth decay and acid erosion.
  3. Check your own mouth for signs of gum disease, tooth decay or oral cancer. Symptoms of gum disease include sore, sensitive and red gums that may bleed during brushing. Sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet food or drink or pressure could suggest the presence of tooth decay. Symptoms of oral cancer include: sores in the mouth that persist for more than 7 to 10 days, unexplained bleeding, patchy white or red areas on the tongue or in the mouth-tingling or numbness or small lumps or thickening on the sides or bottom of the tongue or in other areas of the mouth. If you feel that you have any of these symptoms present in your mouth, contact your Victoria dentist, as he/she is specially trained to recognize gum disease, tooth decay and oral cancer and can provide early treatment.
  4. Don’t smoke or use tobacco products. The use of these products causes gum damage, tooth staining, tooth loss, persistent bad breath and can lead to oral cancer.

Only your dentist has the training, skills, and expertise to properly address all your oral health care needs. Book an appointment today to take care of your own oral health!

Dental Resolutions to Stick by in 2018

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It’s the time of year where we take a close look at our lives and identify opportunities for improvement. Looking back at 2017 where you happy with your dental care and how confident you were with your smile? Are there areas for you to improve on or dental issues you have been suppressing that it is time to deal with? As you review all areas of your life heading into 2018 make sure to prioritize dental hygiene and consider these dental resolutions to incorporate into the new year.

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Cornucopia Guide to Protecting Your Teeth While Dining and Drinking

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Whistler’s foodie event of the year is almost here! Cornucopia, which is taking place all over Whistler, begins on November 9th and runs for 10 days. Yes, that’s 10 days of drinking, dining and indulging which can be disastrous for the waist line and destructive for your teeth too (we’re not saying don’t do it though). There are tried and true ways of protecting your teeth from copious wine consumption, teeth staining foods and onslaughts of sugar. Here is our guide to protecting your teeth while enjoying the festivities of Cornucopia this year.

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The Top 5 Dental Myths Busted!

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Like any topic, there is a lot of information out there (especially with the internet) and sometimes it’s hard to decipher if information is true or not. Here we de-bunk some of the most infamous dental myths by dropping some truth bombs on these hotly debated dental topics. Here at Whistler Dental we care about the oral health of our Whistler community so want to make sure that you have your facts straight when it comes to taking care of your teeth!

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5 Things To Do in Whistler This Fall

Fall is a spectacular time of year. As the last signs of summer simmer away, and hints of winter begin to creep in, a surge of excitement begins to mount in Whistler. Fall use to be considered a season for the locals, and although it is certainly a quieter time of the year for tourists, events such as Cornucopia and the Turkey Sale lure in our regional visitors with cheaper hotel rates to entice weekend escapes. Our seasonal workforce begins to arrive from around the world and the first few signs of snow puts everyone into a frenzy. Even though the bike park is closing and the ski season is yet to begin, there is still plenty to do in Whistler during autumn, here are 5 things to do in Whistler this Fall.

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August in Whistler is all about Yoga and Biking

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Summertime in Whistler it a total transformation from the winter wonderland that many people are familiar with. The month of August hosts some of the biggest events of the year, and they have nothing to do with snow. Over the BC Day Long Weekend (August 3-6) yogis and wellness warriors from around North America converge on Whistler for the Wanderlust Festival; four days of yoga classes, nature hikes, workshops and parties all with the common theme of celebrating the mind, body and soul. After Wanderlust, Crankworx takes over Whistler Village. This two-week festival celebrates all things mountain biking with the biggest mountain biking brands, companies and riders showing up for the fourteen days of festivities. For everything events in Whistler this August, read on.

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Your Child’s First Trip to the Dentist

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Establishing a healthy dental visit routine with your local dentist is essential for paving the pathway of positive oral care with your child. According to the Canadian Dental Association children should start seeing a dentist just after they start getting their first set of teeth. This can be as early as 6 months for some children. Since most children have some baby teeth in their mouth until around 12 years old, it’s crucial to start caring for their teeth right away.

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