It’s almost back to school and we’re going to kick off learning-mode with a session on the ABC’s of pediatric dentistry. Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry which oversees the oral health of a child from birth through to their adolescence. Commencing a regular check-up routine and proper oral healthcare from a young age can help prevent serious oral health problems and help your child maintain healthy teeth and gums well into their adulthood. 

A Child’s First Dental Checkup

According to the Canadian Dental Association, children should start seeing a dentist just after they start getting their first set of teeth. For some children, this can be as early as 6 months old. An infant’s first dental visit will generally involve a visual exam to assess if new teeth are growing in a healthy manner.

Beating the Problems

By the time your child has their first birthday, they should be having dental appointments twice a year. This checkup routine should continue throughout childhood.

A regular dental checkup routine can aid in the prevention of serious dental issues down the road, including early stages of tooth decay. Regular checkups ensure that issues are detected early and treatment can be given as needed and as simply as possible.

Regular checkups can also help identify bad habits such as thumb-sucking and poor diet, which can also lead to oral health issues. 

Craniofacial Growth and Development

Several symptoms can be the result of abnormalities in the development of the craniofacial skeleton. These symptoms can include: 

  • Bedwetting
  • Snoring
  • Night terrors
  • Concentration issues
  • ADHD
  • Open-mouth breathing
  • Persistent runny nose

We are proud to offer screening for craniofacial growth and development at Whistler Dental. For the full list of symptoms and to book a consultation, please visit our website here

At Whistler Dental, we are happy to offer a family-friendly environment. Our team has plenty of experience with children of all ages. We make it a priority to ensure that children feel comfortable, relaxed and rewarded for an exceptional dental visit. Read more on our pediatric dentistry services here.

Eating healthy is important for every aspect of your life and your body, including your teeth. While avoiding foods such as sugar and caffeine can help improve oral health, there are also specific essential vitamins for healthy teeth and gums.

All of these vitamins can be found in food, however, for some people, it may not be possible to receive the recommended daily intake. In these cases, it is possible to achieve the recommended levels by taking supplements. It is recommended to consult your doctor and dentist before adding any supplements to your routine.

Calcium

Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body with almost all of it found in the bones and teeth. Calcium is also important for the body’s blood vessels, muscles and fluids. When it comes to teeth, calcium is essential for the growth and maintenance of strong and healthy teeth. Calcium deficiency can lead to osteoporosis, which not only affects the bones but also the teeth, and periodontal disease. Calcium can be found in dairy products, green, leafy vegetables and certain foods that have been fortified.

Phosphorus

In order to maximize its capabilities, calcium requires phosphorous to be able to be fully absorbed. Phosphorous is the second most abundant mineral in the human body. It is required for the maintenance of strong and healthy bones and teeth, energy and protein production, and cell and tissue function. As phosphorus is readily available in a regular diet, a deficiency is very rare. Phosphorous can be found in meat, dairy and wholegrain foods.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D also aids in the absorption of calcium — without vitamin D, only 10-15% of the calcium from food eaten would be absorbed. Vitamin D deficiency can lead to tooth decay, gum disease and osteoporosis. Your body produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun, however, most people do not receive enough sun exposure in order to meet the recommended levels. Vitamin D can also be found in foods such as fatty fish, egg yolks, mushrooms and foods that have been fortified.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which is essential for the development and maintenance of healthy gums and soft tissue in the mouth. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to gum disease and loosening of the teeth. It can be found in many fruits and vegetables with citrus and dark vegetables containing the highest amount.

In addition to these vitamins, practising a good oral health routine is important for healthy teeth and gums. Regular brushing, flossing and check-ups are all essential.

At Whistler Dental, we can help you have your healthiest smile. Book a check-up today here.

 

Root canal therapy, also called endodontics, is used to save teeth that are fractured or have very deep decay. During the procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. 

The specialists at Whistler Dental are highly skilled to treat and repair natural teeth, preventing the possible need for extraction, leaving the patient comfortable and back on the road to good oral health.

In order to ensure recovery is as smooth and comfortable as can be, we recommend following these 5 tips after root canal treatment:

Pain Management

Following root canal treatment, you may experience tenderness and inflammation in the area, however, in most cases, these symptoms will only last a couple of days. Most pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen, however, in some cases, your dentist may be able to prescribe stronger pain medication. 

If pain persists for longer than a few days, it is recommended to check in with your dentist. 

Another way to manage pain is to do activities which will keep your mind off of it — go for a walk, read a book, visit with friends or whatever you feel you can manage. 

Choose Foods Wisely

Due to the sensitivity that may occur post-treatment, it’s important to be selective with the foods you eat. Hard foods, chewy foods and foods that are spicy can irritate the area even more than it already is and possibly displace the temporary filling in some patients. 

It is recommended to choose softer foods such as soups, oatmeal and scrambled eggs. It’s also recommended to be mindful of the temperature of the foods you eat. Eating foods that are too hot or cold may also irritate the area.

Practice Good Oral Healthcare

Following a good oral healthcare routine will not only help with the root canal recovery, but it will also protect your other teeth and possibly prevent future procedures. Simple habits such as brushing twice a day and flossing can make a huge difference to your oral health. However, be sure to brush and floss gently as not to irritate the area or disturb the temporary filling. Scheduling regular checkups and cleanings are also highly recommended. 

Get the Crown Placed As Soon As Possible

After the initial root canal treatment, a temporary filling is inserted until the mouth has time to heal and a permanent crown can be put in place. It is important that this crown is placed as soon as recommended by your dentist. Delaying this step of the treatment can lead to damage to the tooth. 

Follow Instructions Given by Your Dentist

Of course every patient’s procedure, treatment and recovery will be unique to them and it is important that they follow the special instructions given to them by their dentist. Following your dentist’s instructions will ensure a speedy and smooth recovery.

 

Are you experiencing pain, discomfort, or suspect that your tooth might be damaged? Contact us today to book an appointment for a complimentary consultation. Book your appointment now, here.

You will get referred to a Specialist by your dentist when a more complex level of care is needed. Here at Whistler Dental, our certified specialists include an Oral Surgeon, Endodontist, Implant Specialist, Clinical Sleep Therapy and Botox treatments. You can sleep easy knowing you can get treated by an experienced professional without having to travel to the city. But what exactly does a specialist do and what services are on offer?

Endodontists

If you’ve ever had any problems with the inside of a tooth, you’ll be pleased to hear we have specialist endodontists onsite who can help you. These root canal specialists are committed to helping maintain your natural smile for as long as possible by saving the natural tooth structure. You can get your root canal treated or retreated. Our endodontists will perform diagnose tooth discomfort and any procedures relating to the inside of your teeth. All treatments are tailored to the individual to ensure the best care is given every time.

Botox®

You may only think of Botox® as a way of reducing wrinkles, but there’s more to it than that. Not only does it leave skin looking smooth, youthful and rejuvenated, it can also be used to treat TMJ discomfort and migraine headaches. We have specialists trained to administer the treatment, to make you look and feel glamorous.

Clinical Sleep Solutions

If you have problems sleeping, then our sleep clinics are the place for you. Our partners Clinical Sleep Solutions Inc specialize in all aspects of sleep.  We aim to continuously improve responsiveness to sleep therapy by educating our patients and offering therapeutic solutions. You can fill out a questionnaire here and one of our specialists will review it. We provide free sleep studies and offer solutions including Oral Sleep Appliances and C-PAP therapy.

Who Are Our Specialists?

Whistler Dental is proud that we have experienced dental specialists on our team. They offer high levels of expertise making a trip to the city unnecessary. Our specialists are:

Dr. Joel Fransen

Certified Specialist in Endodontics

Dr. Alison Fransen

General Dentist, Botox Specialist

We understand the importance of receiving expectational dental care without having to worry about commuting to the city for more complex procedures. If you need to see a specialist, make sure to book an appointment today and enjoy high-level dental care right here in Whistler.

With this year’s cohort of graduates collecting their degrees to proud onlookers, we couldn’t feel a bigger sense of pride. But how can you get your best graduation smile? Here is how to make sure your smile is the brightest – both on and before the day.

Before the Day…

Modern Braces

You may remember the days of metal teeth and elastic bands. Previously braces used to take years of adjusting but now you can have the perfect smile in a matter of months. Most people can replace traditional braces with Invisalign. You can wear a virtually invisible brace that straightens teeth in a fraction of the time.

Regular check-ups

Having the perfect graduation smile isn’t something you can just put on for your big day. Make sure you get regular checkups so to make sure your teeth and gums are in their best shape.

Teeth Whitening

Anyone can benefit from teeth whitening. Having a brighter, whiter smile will fill any young adult with confidence. Worried you’ve left it too late? We have in house options where you can see results instantly!

On The Day…

Pose

Standing up straight and posing properly will really bring out your graduation smile. Don’t slouch in your pictures, stand in the centre and be aware of shadows.

Check your Teeth

We’ve all done it- you think you’ve taken the most amazing picture and then you look at it horrified to find out later you’ve got something in your teeth. Make sure you brush, floss and mouthwash before you leave the house. Get your friends or family to check your teeth before pictures.

Wear Makeup.. but not too Much

Girls, if you want to wear makeup, be careful not to overdo it. Choose a lipstick that goes with your skin tone. While red, berry, wine plum and rosy pink are great for bring out the white in your teeth, select something that’s not too overwhelming.

Breathe, Relax and… then Smile

For your formal picture, take a deep breath, and think of something peaceful and calming. You will have a more relaxed, natural smile as a result. For your casual pictures with your friends, let loose and bare your happiest cheesiest grin. You want to have pictures that you can use for a professional profile as well as for your Facebook page.

At Whistler Dental, we can help you have your brightest, whitest graduation smile. Book a check up today and we can help you plan for your big day.

With the sun shining and summer on the horizon, we can’t help but have a constant grin on our face! Here are 20 things to smile about this spring!

  1. Warmer Weather– We love winter but it’s hard not to be excited about t-shirt weather!
  2. Multi-Sports – One of the best things about Whistler is that in May you can ski, bike, golf and kayak in one day!
  3. Skiing –Whistler is the largest ski resort in North America and still being able to enjoy it in May is pretty special.
  4. Living in the Mountains – we play in them, we look at them, we climb them, we take pictures of them… yes, we love the mountains!
  5. Sunshine – Being miserable while the sun is out is nearly impossible!
  6. The Bike Park has Opened– shredding season is amongst us! (we have mouth guards so you can protect your beautiful smile.)
  7. Whistler is Dog-Friendly – we’re smiling about the fact that Whistler is dog-friendly. If you don’t have our own furry friend, you can watch other people’s dogs living their best Whistler life.
  8. Being Educated about Oral Health – with lots of education available online, it’s easy to maintain your oral hygiene.
  9. Being in Whistler – You can’t not smile in this town.
  10. Flowers are Blooming – Spring is so pretty here!
  11. Going to the Lake – being able to chill by the lake, take in the views and kayak or go for a swim is one of the best things about summer!
  12. Hiking – there are so many fun hikes that you can access so easily.
  13. Spring Restaurant Deals – just when you think it can’t get better, lots of restaurants have some sweet summer deals.
  14. Activity Options – from bear watching to white water rafting, lots of fun activities are open for summer now.
  15. Everyone’s Happy when they are in Whistler – The atmosphere in Whistler is unbeatable as everyone is stoked be here! And smiles are contagious!
  16. Peak 2 Peak opens May 25 – only a few days until you can enjoy those views.
  17. Bears are Out – we love watching these magnificent creatures roaming freely in the wild.
  18. Golf – Golf season is here!
  19. Insurance – having insurance is definitely something to smile about.
  20. Having a Great Dentist – Rest easy knowing that your dentist can help you with any dental problems.

There are so many things to smile about this spring. Book a check up with Whistler Dental today to make sure your smile is looking it’s best!

Mother’s Day is this Sunday and you may have noticed your smile is just like your Mom’s. But what other teeth related things can you get from your Mother? Here are the genetics behind smiling and what you may have inherited from your Mom!

Crooked Teeth

You can’t quite just blame your Mom for the braces you had to wear growing up. Crooked teeth are a result of multiple factors. But many of these do have a genetic origin. Your jaw size, the number and size of the teeth, how your teeth come together when you’re chewing and the balancing forces between your tongue and lips all can be inherited.

Environmental Factors

Even environmental factors that can cause crooked teeth are steamed from habits that have a genetic origin too. If you suck your thumb or a pacifier, it can affect how aligned your teeth are. Also, habits such as pushing your tongue against your teeth can cause teeth to become crooked.

Shape of your Teeth

Have you noticed you have the same jagged tooth as your Mom? Scientists at the University of Zurich studied the development of teeth. They found that the Jagged 2 gene is needed for the development of healthy teeth. If you don’t have it, teeth crowns can be malformed and enamel can lack.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

While good dental hygiene is a far more important factor in whether you have cavities and gum disease, genes can have an impact too. Studies have shown that variations in the gene beta defensin1 (DEFB1) can increase risk as it helps fight germs. You can thank your Mom (or Dad) for this!

Discolouring

Have you ever noticed that your Mom’s teeth are yellowing just like yours? There is a reason for this. Genes can cause a malfunction of the protein in the enamel which can cause teeth to discolour. But don’t solely blame your parents for this. Proper dental hygiene can reduce cavity-causing germs and help keep your teeth pearly white.

Whether you’ve got your Mom’s smile or if you think you’ve inherited her tooth decay, make sure you maintain good dental hygiene. Book an appointment with Whistler Dental online or call us on 604-932-3677.

As you may be aware, April is Oral Health month. This is a time to reflect on your dental hygiene habits and assess where you can make changes. At Whistler Dental, we can help you with this. Here are the top 5 steps to keeping your mouth healthy.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

If you think simply brushing your teeth twice a day means that you are keeping your teeth clean, then think again. Make sure you use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush when cleaning, to help prevent cavities. By limiting your sugar intake and swapping those sweet treats for healthy snacks, your chances of building up plaque will decrease. You should also wait 20-30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. Acidic food weakens enamel so brushing too soon afterwards can cause damage in its weakened state.

Check Your Mouth Regularly

You may think your dentist is the only person who can check for gum disease but guess again. Some warning signs are easy to spot and you can see these yourself. If you have bad breath that won’t go away, red, shiny, sore or sensitive gums or bleeding when you brush or floss, it’s time to book yourself a checkup.

Eat Well

As well as being good for your body, good nutrition is great for your teeth. Build health teeth and gums by simply maintaining a healthy diet. If you want to snack, try swapping those candies for mouth-healthy substitutes like cheese, nuts, vegetables and non-acidic fruits.

Don’t Smoke Tobacco

Smoking tobacco not only stains your teeth but causes a whole load of other oral health problems. Smoking causes a lack of oxygen in your bloodstream leading to gum infections not being able to heal. It may not surprise you that gum disease is far more prevalent in smokers than non-smokers. In addition to this, tobacco smoke can cause cancers, heart disease and other problems.

See Your Dentist Regularly

You may be shocked to hear that as many as 48% of Canadians who haven’t seen a dentist in the last year have gum disease. Regular dental visits are the only way to guarantee your teeth are healthy and problem free. You should book a check-up every 6 months, but if you have any worrying symptoms, book in sooner.

Oral health is not something you should take lightly. Make sure you are staying on top of your dental hygiene and book an appointment with Whistler Dental today.

You would never expect it looking up at the beautiful peaks hovering above town, that a disease so common during WWI, and so rare to most dentists, is a weekly occurrence in Whistler.

ANUG

Acute Necrotising Ulcerative Gingivitis (ANUG) or more commonly known as Trench Mouth, is an aggressive infection of the gums that millions of young soldiers suffered from during the Great War.

Poor diets, severe psychological stress, smoking habits, little sleep, and lack of routine oral care took its toll on the soldiers’ bodies and their mouths showed it.

Irreversible Damage

Fast forward one hundred years and we are seeing this archaic infection once again in Whistler. With Trench Mouth, the gums start to ulcerate, bleed, and erode away- painfully, and often aggressively. It can look like someone has taken a hole puncher to the gums, leaving a white rim around the edges. This infection can have a very sudden onset, and if left untreated, can lead to severe and irreversible damage to the gums as well as the supporting bone around your teeth.

Most dentists might see one, maybe two cases of Trench Mouth over their entire career. Yet at Whistler Dental, we see this on a shockingly regular occurrence – as often as several times a week!

Causes

While Whistler can be a mecca for the Party Monster, people who often partake must be extra aware of their health and body. The consequences of ignoring the signs can be catastrophic and in some cases, irreparable. Contributing factors to Trench Mouth include: emotional stress, taking illicit drugs, inadequate sleep, smoking, excessive consumption of alcohol, and poor nutrition.

Book A Check-Up

April is Oral Health Month, so if it’s been more than a year since you’ve seen a dentist, do yourself a favour, invest in your health, and book in for a check-up and clean.

If you also feel your gums are getting sore, ulcerative or bleed, please don’t put it off – teeth and gums don’t heal themselves – we are here to help! Book an appointment online or call (604) 932-3677

We all know that going to the dentist is important. But how often should you actually go? The basic rule of thumb says you should visit the dentist every six months. Studies have shown that people without any problems are ok to go once a year while those with dental issues should get checked out every 3 or 4 months. Here are some guidelines to help you know how often you should get your teeth checked.

Regular Exams

Regular exams are crucial for several reasons. They check your teeth are healthy, clean them and tackle problems you may not have identified as a problem.

Prevent Problems

50 years ago, trips to the dentist were to fix any problems that had already happened. Now we are far better educated and know the importance of maintaining good dental hygiene. Issues can be tackled before they cause pain or problems.

Cleaning

Having a proper dental cleaning can reduce these issues. Not only do they remove stains, giving you a brighter smile, but they also remove plaque. Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. Build up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If it isn’t removed it can harden and develop into tartar. This needs to be removed by a dentist using special tools.

Extra Care

Any pain that suddenly comes about definitely needs an extra visit to the dentist. Whether it’s tooth sensitivity or toothache you should book in as soon as there is a sign of any problems. Leaving a problem to get better on its own can result in more issues down the line.

Health Issues

Getting a checkup when you have a health change or have been diagnosed with a disease is a good way to know whether there will be any implications for your teeth. Dentists can give proper advice and recommend oral treatments.

Children

If you have children, taking them to the dentist routinely is critical to them knowing the importance of good dental hygiene. Their first visit should happen within 6 months of their first tooth appearing. In addition to checking teeth are developing healthily, and no problems are arising, regular dental visits will get them accustomed to dental tools. The more comfortable they are from a young age, the more likely they will be to maintain good dental habits into adulthood.

Make sure you book into the see us at Whistler Dental every six months or more regularly at the sign of any problems. Book an appointment online or call us on (604) 932-3677.