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.

Floss Daily

The Canadian Dental Association suggests flossing once a day minimum to remove plaque and bacteria from the teeth that cannot be reached by a tooth brush. If we’re getting real with ourselves, were you consistently flossing once a day in 2017? Your answer we suspect is probably not. According to a recent study by USA today only 30 percent of the population in America flosses on a regular basis. With the benefits of flossing too big to list including preventing gingivitis, removing plaque, keeping breath fresh and maintaining healthy gums there are numerous reasons why 2018 should be the year to commit to a regular flossing practice.

Mouth guard to protect teeth

If you’re like most people in Whistler, you’re on the mountain and taking part in high impact sports on a regular basis. The benefits of protecting your teeth with a mouth guard are proven (read this article here), and if you’ve been lucky enough to avoid damage to your teeth thus far, it’s time to commit to properly caring for your pearly whites in 2018 by getting a custom mouth guard. Mouth guards are becoming the standard for amateur and high performance athletes and should be a staple gear item for those embarking on adventures on a regular basis.

Be proud of your smile

Are you proud of your beautiful smile, or do you feel self conscious and avoid smiling due to not being 100 percent happy with the appearance of your teeth or gums? Being confident with your smile translates immensely to good self esteem and success and confident in your life overall. If you aren’t proud of your smile it’s time to own up to it, and commit to creating a smile that reflects who you really are. Find out more about our Smile Design and look forward to finally wearing that smile that looks perfect on you.

Own up to any dental problems

Do you grind your teeth? Have sporadic or constant tooth pain or extreme bad breath that doesn’t go away no matter how much you brush? If you’ve been suppressing dental problems, 2018 is the year to finally come face to face with them and be empowered to take control of your dental health and address any issues which have been causing you pain or discomfort until now.

Ease up on the sugar

We all know sugar is not good for us. Besides causing tooth decay there are a myriad of other reasons why sugar is bad for our health. Let’s make 2018 the year to cut back on sugar. Whether it’s eliminating soft drinks from your diet, swapping refined processed sugar for honey, or going without sugar completely for the year, commit to improving all areas of your health this year by kicking your sugar habit in 2018.

Be consistent with your dental check ups

Have you been consistent with your two dental check ups a year? Having a teeth cleaning and dental examine bi-annually will ensure your teeth are in optimal condition and will identify any dental problems before they become worrisome. Schedule your bi-annual dental visits for yourself and your family and feel good that you are committing to a year of oral health and well-being.

The team at Whistler Dental wishes you all the best in 2018 and hope to see you throughout the year to keep you accountable to your dental resolutions!

Here are the signs.

Living your life with a smile you’re not proud of, one that causes pain or discomfort or just doesn’t feel right is not something that has to be endured. Here at Whistler Dental we offer Smile Design using the latest technology to create smiles that are customized to an individual. Cosmetic dentistry is the art and science of smile enhancement and encompasses colour, shape, position, size, symmetry, texture and luminescence. If you’ve been showing any of the signs below it may be time to makeover your smile and design a smile that you can be proud of.

  1. You are self conscious about your smile

Are you self conscious about your smile? If you try hiding your smile, are worried about what people think of your teeth or simply don’t feel comfortable with the way you look, smile design may be the right choice for you. We will discuss with you what your ideal smile would look like and explain to you the process of making it happen.

  1. The function of your bite isn’t optimal

Do you have an over-bite or under-bite that isn’t optimal? You may find your bite doesn’t function properly, puts excess wear or tear on your teeth and causes speech impediments. These issues can usually be solved by properly aligning, positioning or shaping the teeth or jaw. An aligned bite is imperative to long term dental health and a smile makeover can be a great way to achieve this.

  1. Your teeth have lost their luster

Age, eating, drinking, smoking and many other environmental factors can cause your teeth to lose their luster. Over the counter teeth whiteners can be tricky to use and often don’t have the full long-term affects of a professional whiting treatment. Having luminous pearly whites is achievable through smile design and is one of the many perks of creating a smile you can be proud of.

  1. You want straight-teeth

You may have been living with crooked or out of aligned teeth for some time and have always hoped for straight teeth. This could be easier than you think with new technology such as Invisalign which uses invisible aligners to straighten teeth and create beautiful smiles. Designing the perfect smile often uses systems such as Invisalign to straighten teeth considering the shape, symmetry and composition of the face.

  1. You don’t like the shape or symmetry of your face

Facial symmetry is something that can be addressed with cosmetic dentistry. Often the position of the jaw is not optimal or tense muscles around the jaw can pull the face out of alignment. Cosmetic treatments like Botox and jaw alignment treatments and surgeries can better align or enhance the shape of an individual’s face.

  1. You’d like to repair broken, chipped or missing teeth

Smile design can replace broken, chipped or missing teeth with a range of solutions including veneers, dental implants or straightening techniques. It is hard to adorn a confident smile when teeth are damaged or missing. Your dentist will be able to asses the current state of your teeth and make a recommendation on the best way to bring your smile from a 2 to a 10.

  1. You’d like to relax facial muscles or rid fine lines

It is common for patients to have concerns surrounding fine lines around the mouth area. Often these issues can be addressed by Botox which is administered right here at Whistler Dental. There are many other cosmetic and non-cosmetic reasons to have Botox- you can read about them here.

If you’ve always wondered what you’d look like or how you’d feel with a perfect smile, it is time to stop wondering and take some action. Schedule a consultation with the dental professional at Whistler Dental and let’s design a smile that you are happy with.

SO YOU NEED A ROOT CANAL- WHAT THIS MEANS AND HOW TO PREPARE?

You’ve received the news that you need a root canal, and now you have a flurry of questions about what this means. you may wonder why you require this procedure, what it will be like, and how you will recover. questions about root canals are very common. we hope to address many of the common concerns about root canals and hopefully relieve some of the fear and anxiety you may have around the procedure. here are some common questions we get from patients about to undergo a root canal.

WHAT IS A ROOT CANAL?

The goal of a root canal is to save an unhealthy tooth so it continues to functional in a healthy and optimal manner. A root canal is the process of removing the infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth which is located in the tooth’s root. A root canal treatment is also known as an endodontic treatment and helps restore a tooth to its healthiest state. More than 15 million root canals are performed in the USA annually, and using modern dental technology, they are successful 95 percent of the time.

WHY DO I NEED ONE?

You may have noticed that your teeth are sensitive to hot and/ or cold, that they are tender to touch, that they are painful or throbbing, or that there is swelling on the gum line or face. These are symptoms of deep decay of the tooth, and signs that you may need a root canal to restore your tooth to optimal health. If left untreated these symptoms will get worse and in some cases, will surpass the need of a root canal, with extraction the only other option.

WHAT IS THE EXPERIENCE OF A ROOT CANAL LIKE?

A root canal is typically done over two appointments. It involves removing the pulp from your root canal through a small opening on the top of your tooth. After the pulp has been removed the canals are cleansed and sealed to prevent bacteria from reaching the bone. Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to freeze the area that surrounds the tooth, so pain will be minimal. Once the pulp extraction has been completed, often a temporary or permanent filling is applied over the opening.

HOW DO I PREPARE/ RECOVER?

Preparing for your root canal will ensure notifying your dentist of any medications you are taking or if you have any medical conditions which leave you prone to infection. It is important to familiarize yourself with your dental insurance and any coverage that may be applicable, and plan for any financial costs that may be incurred. You may also want to speak to your dentist about anesthetic options and what you are likely to experience after being anesthetized.

After your root canal you will likely experience some tenderness to the area surrounding the tooth for a few days, and possible some mild soreness around the jaw. If administered an anesthetic, you will want someone to drive you home from your appointment. Typically regular activities can resume the following day and you will likely be completely back to normal and pain-free in the couple days following your procedure.

If you have further questions about having a root canal, make sure to consult your dentist they will be able to talk you through the procedure and address any of your concerns.

Here at Whistler Dental, we are happy to assist you with any dental questions that you have, simply send us an email, and we will be happy to help.

CORNUCOPIA GUIDE TO PROTECTING YOUR TEETH WHILE DINING AND DRINKING

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!

Like any topic, there is a lot of information out there (especially on the internet) and sometimes it’s hard to decipher if the information is true or not. Here we debunk 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!

Teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism, is a very common condition experienced by one in every three people. The severity of bruxism varies, but on the more extreme end of the scale it can result in aching jaw, headaches, tooth pain, loosening of teeth from the gums, losing and fracturing teeth, receding gums and developing jaw joint disordered like TMJ. Teeth grinding wears away enamel and can be a cause for serious dental treatments down the road. Preventing bruxism is important to avoid painful symptoms and costly dental treatments. Here are five tips to stop grinding your teeth and maintaining healthy pearly whites.

1. REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY

Many people clench or grind their teeth due to stress. If you suspect this could be the cause of your grinding, taking time to relax before bed could help ease teeth grinding and enable a better night’s rest all together. Spend ten minutes before bed doing a meditation or some breathing exercises, try and shut off your thoughts, or allow yourself to zone out with a bit of television before bed. Transitioning from stressful activities like work right into sleep can increase stress levels when heading into slumber. Take the time to de-stress before bed, and save your teeth from wear and tear caused by grinding.

2. BE MINDFUL OF CLENCHING

Make a conscious effort to check in throughout the day about clenching of the teeth and jaw. You may be surprised when you tune into this to find that you are subtly clenching throughout the day or that you are resting your teeth together. There should always be slight gap between the top and bottom teeth, being aware of this and consciously tuning into the position of your jaw and teeth can reduce the impact of bruxism.

3. USE A MOUTHGAURD

Many people continue to grind their teeth even after conscious awareness and action has been taken to stop. In these cases, a mouthgaurd is highly recommend to prevent further damage to the tooth enamel and structure of the tooth. Here at Whistler Dental we fit patients with comfortable and protective mouthgaurd custom to the bite, to protect their teeth while they sleep. These mouthgaurds work wonders in maintaining the health of the tooth, preventing more serious dental problems down the road, and the related expenses incurred.

4. OPT FOR SOFTER FOODS

In an attempt to break the habit of teeth grinding, a diet with softer foods will often give your jaw muscles a break from repeated clenching and grinding. The jaw muscle is one of the strongest muscles in the entire body with researchers saying it has 600 pounds of force per square inch! This relaxing of the jaw by eating softer foods can be a good practice to re-set, and will give your jaw some temporary relief from being overworked.

5. DRINK MORE WATER

Drinking more water is the easiest cure for many health ailments, and has been proven to help relieve Bruxism. By staying hydrated before you go to bed, you are more likely to have a sound sleep, and reduce the occurrences of teeth grinding. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol and substituting with water instead is a good practice for those wishing to maintain oral health at night.

If you are aware that you grind your teeth, or suspect that you may due to waking up with headaches or a sore jaw, book in with your family dentist for an assessment. Here at Whistler Dental we will examine the surface of the tooth, and assess any symptoms to make an assessment of grinding. We will then recommend strategies to reduce grinding, including the tips listed above. For more information about teeth grinding, contact us today.