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.

Avoid red wine stains on teeth

We’re not going as far as telling you to drink your red wine through a straw; however, red wine is one of the biggest teeth staining culprits. If you intend to attend any of the big wine events at Cornucopia like Crush or the Cellar Door Grand Tasting you can be sure your pearly white might dull a few shades due to the pigment producing substances in red wine adhering to your tooth enamel.

Some of our best tips and tricks to prevent red wine stains on teeth include pairing cheese with wine (this actually closes the micro-pores in your teeth, preventing the wine pigments from adhering to the tooth). You can also purchase teeth wipes which will help remove the staining colour from your teeth, this is a temporary fix until you can get your teeth properly whitened. One last thing, don’t think white wines will get you off the hook! The higher acidity of white wine actually strips your teeth of natural protection and makes them more susceptible to staining from red wine and other food.

Protect your pearly whites from sugar

From chocolate making workshops, five-course meals and of course all of the sugar in alcohol, expect your teeth to face a barrage of sugar during Cornucopia. To prevent sugar build up on your teeth pack a tooth brush with you and make sure to brush as often as possible. If the option is available, finish a meal with foods that are high in calcium to re-mineralize your teeth. Limit the amount of times your teeth are exposed to sugar, if you’re committed to a chocolate tasting earlier in the day, maybe opt for the savory dessert option, or skip dessert all together that evening!

Watch out for acidic enamel eating foods

Food with high PH levels, which are on the acidic side, can be very damaging to tooth enamel. Meat, dairy, coffee, refined sugar and grains are all considered acidic with tomatoes, lemons and alcohol being particularly bad. It will be impossible to avoid acidic foods during Cornucopia so to limit their negative effect on your teeth, make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water (choose still water, as carbonated water is very acidic). Another tip is to hold off on brushing your teeth until 30 minutes or more after eating, the abrasion from brushing can be damaging to tooth enamel which has been exposed to acidic foods.

Even after you’ve implemented our teeth-saving suggestions above, after 10 days of eating and drinking you will likely still require a dental check up and whitening. Whether a Whistler local or one of our many visitors, come see the friendly staff at Whistler Dental to help keep your teeth lustrous this food and wine season.


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!

Dental Myth # 1- Adults are too old to have braces

Not anymore! Although metal braces are not aesthetically appealing to most adults there are now modern solutions to fix crooked teeth and create stunning smiles (for people of all ages!). You are never too old to wear a smile you are confident about. Here at Whistler Dental we use a fantastic braces alternative called Invisalign which slowly moves teeth into shape using clear and undetectable aligners. Adults can now achieve their ideal smile without having to sport a set of bulky metal braces.

Dental Myth #2- Dental X-Rays are dangerous

Although we wouldn’t recommend having an x-ray just for the fun of it, there is a lot of over blown hype about the dangers of dental x-rays. The average person is exposed to 3,100µSv of radiation per year and the average full mouth dental x-ray contains a mere 34.9 to 170.7µSv; in fact, a dental x-ray contains about the same radiation as eating 50 bananas! The importance of having dental x-rays to identify and examine potential problems far outweighs the negligible radiation from x-rays.

Dental Myth #3- Sugar is the main culprit behind cavities

There is no denying that consuming sugar leads to dental decay and cavities in most people but there are often other more significant contributors that fly under the radar. The direct cause of tooth decay is more a genetic and environmental combination which causes a greater propensity towards cavities. Genetic and environmental factors affect tooth enamel, oral bacteria populations, and saliva composition. Sugar can cause the increase of bacteria in your mouth that causes cavities, but genetics and the environment are more likely to determine if this bacteria will cause cavities or not.

Dental Myth #4- Vanity is the only reason for cosmetic dentistry

We regularly perform cosmetic dentistry at Whistler Dental and let us tell you, vanity is hardly the motivator for these treatments. Cosmetic dentistry is often an investment for overall health and wellbeing improvements and many treatments are recommended to enhance better overall oral health. Aligning a bite and replacing missing teeth with implants to maintain bone structure are examples of orthodontic and cosmetic procedures that provide a cosmetic solution to a problem and at the same time increase overall health and wellbeing.

Dental Myth #5- You don’t need to brush baby teeth

Just because baby teeth have a shorter lifespan than adult teeth doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be brushed! Not only does starting to brush a child’s teeth when young (from the occurrence of their first tooth) instill good habits, but it’s absolutely imperative to avoid painful dental implications, cavities and gum problems in pre-school aged and young children. Children usually lose their last few teeth at the age of twelve.  Brushing baby teeth is absolutely important and should never be deferred until children have their adult set.

Have any other questions about dental care, or additional dental myths you’d like addressed? Make sure to contact us at Whistler Dental, we’d be happy to help!


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.

  1. Watch The Seasons Change

Fall is a beautiful time to get outside and observe nature. Whether taking in the sights on the Valley floor, or seeking a higher vantage point in the alpine, the changing colours of the leaves, descending snow line and crisp fresh air is something that must be taken in and enjoyed. We are so blessed by the beauty of mother nature here in Whistler, and Fall is so vibrantly present in this special part of the world.

  1. Get Your Gear (and yourself) Ready

Not long until opening day of Whistler Blackcomb in late November. From now until then expect great deals on gear, including at the legendary Turkey Sale which takes place over Canada's Thanksgiving Weekend. If you’re already covered in the gear department now is the time to get your body in shape for the upcoming winter season, wax those skis and pack up the summer stuff to get room for the winter equipment.

  1. Dine and Indulge

Fall in Whistler is famous for epic dining specials. Top notch restaurants like Araxi, The Bearfoot Bistro and Rimrock offer blow out menu specials such as 5 course tasting menus for under $50! Not only can you take advantage of these dining specials for most of the Fall season, Cornucopia, Whistler’s most notable food and wine festival takes place from November 9 to 19. Savour mouth-watering cuisine at events such as Crush Grand Tasting, Poured and long table lunches.

  1. Take in The Arts

Fall is the season for the Arts with numerous art events taking place at various venues around Whistler. Whether you fancy visual arts, music, theater (or everything in between) then make sure to check of the schedule of what’s on and work it into your calendar.

  1. End of the Year Dental Maintenance

Things tend to slow down a bit in Fall and after a busy summer it’s a great time to check in to your dental routine and make sure you’re up to date with check-ups. Have a dental plan? There may only be a few more months left for you to use your annual benefits so make sure to schedule any necessary or cosmetic dental work now before your benefits lapse for the year.

Here at Whistler Dental we absolutely love this season! Fireplaces, hot beverages and the changing colours of nature. Wishing everyone a lovely autumn, and we hope to see you here at Whistler Dental this season.


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.

Wanderlust

August 3-6th, Whistler Village

The Whistler Wanderlust experience is four days of mountain-top wellness with yoga, food and outdoor events attracting thousands of wellness travellers yearning to explore and connect with their life purpose. Tickets for Wanderlust range from single day passes starting at $85 to full four day passes for $455. Some of the Wanderlust events on offer include mediation themed events, morning exercise sessions, aromatherapy courses, slackline yoga, photography workshops, SUP yoga, bodywork, hikes and much more. Wanderlust Festivals take place around North America however Whistler is one of only three Canadian locations. To experience the true north and get a deeper appreciation of Whistler’s mountainous landscapes and natural serenity take some time out and attend Whistler Wanderlust this August.

Crankworx

August 11-20, Whistler

After Wanderlust ends, the adrenaline is cranked up for two weeks of mountain biking action during Crankworx. Mountain biking now rivals skiing and snowboarding as the most popular sport in Whistler, and Crankworx is a celebration of the activity that is re-shaping the town, which drops into the next dimension where gravity knows no bounds. During the course of two weeks there are industry events, sporting competitions and epic parties catering to the crowds that flock to Whistler to experience mountain biking's biggest event of the year. Some of the main events of Crankworx include the Canadian Open Enduro, Red Bull Joyride, Deep Summer Photo Challenge and Canadian Downhill Open. There is plenty to do for families too with kid’s events such as Kidsworx Dirt Pump Track, Kidworx Enduro and Kids Village circuit races. Whether coming to Crankworx as a participant or spectator, it’s not to be missed.

At Whistler Dental we love the Whistler community in which we live. We pride ourselves on providing state of the art dental care to our Whistler community and visitors of Whistler. If you are in Whistler and are in need of routine, emergency or cosmetic dental care, make sure to check us out, located at #4- 4308 Main St, Whistler Village.

We hope you have some time to check out the exciting events happening in Whistler this August, maybe we will see you there!


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.

By the time your child has their first birthday they should be visiting the family dentist twice a year and this should continue throughout childhood. Not only will a regular dental check-up help determine if the cleaning you’re doing at home is working, if there are any problems that need to be fixed this will be identified. Taking your child to the dentist will help establish a healthy dental routine and educate your child about what needs to be done to maintain healthy teeth for life.

The first dental visit

When taking your child to the dentist for the first time they will likely see a dentist or hygienist that works specifically with children. Here at Whistler Dental we have pediatric trained dentists who specialize in working with children. Infants having their first visit will generally have a visual exam to assess if new teeth are growing in a healthy manner. Toddlers and young children will have an engaging experience which will usually involve:

  • The dentist showing the child how to brush their teeth
  • An explanation of how to keep teeth clean by avoiding ‘sugar bugs’ and eating nutritious food
  • An introduction to the dental instruments
  • A quick polish of the teeth
  • An examination of the teeth, their position and the general oral environment
  • A reward at the end!

The first visit to the dentist is meant to introduce your child to the dentist and the clinic environment, make them feel comfortable, and give your dentist a benchmark for future dental visits.

Make sure to provide your dentist with a list of your child’s medical conditions if applicable and let the dentist know of any sucking habits that may be present.

Dealing with anxious children

It is completely normal for a child to feel nervous when visiting the dentist for the first time. The unfamiliar instruments, strange noises and new people can be startling for little ones. Make sure to talk to your child about what is going to happen in the lead up to your dental visit. Set positive expectations of the dental visit by telling your child the dentist will be checking on all of the great brushing they have been doing. If you make the dental visit a fun experience your child will more likely associate positive memories with going to the dentist.

Don’t worry if your child has a negative first experience, it is completely normal for kids not to make it through their first visit, and simply having the dentist look in your child’s mouth and meet your child is a great first attempt.

Oral care in between check ups

In between dental visits there is a lot you can do as a parent to encourage optimal oral care for your child. Choose a soft, kid-sized brush and help you child brush their teeth twice a day; after breakfast and before bed. Children up until about five years old require help or supervision when brushing.

If your child has a sucking habit, try and stop this as soon as possible since ongoing sucking habits can lead to potential tooth misalignment.

Keep your child away from starchy and sugary snacks which can lead to dental decay. Encourage a healthy wholefood diet, and teach your child the importance of staying away from sugary drinks, processed foods and candy.

If you are in Whistler and are looking for a family dentist for your child’s first dental visit make sure to contact us. With pediatric trained dentists and plenty of experience treating children of all ages we are here to support your family in every step of their dental journey.


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