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!

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!

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 used 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.

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 the 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The time has come, another summer is nearing an end and kids are almost back in school. While you are thinking about school supplies, study schedules and extra-curricular activities, don’t forget to consider the oral hygiene of your child coming into this new school year. Why is oral hygiene something that warrants thought and planning this year? Kids with healthy teeth and gums are happier than children with dental issues and establishing a solid oral care routine at a young age is a great foundation for long term oral health throughout life. Creating positive practices and habits around dental care is of utmost importance, and back to school time is the perfect time to re-set habits and instill new positive and healthy routines for the year to come.

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dental-botox

Botox has many benefits aside from ridding fine lines. As specialists in oral and maxillofacial areas, and experts in facial muscles and soft tissue, dentists are the ideal practitioners for treatments such as Botox. Dental practitioners are highly trained in facial injections making us extremely skilled in implementing Botox injections to a range of patients for various needs. Whether seeking Botox for medical or cosmetic reasons, here are the many benefits of Botox that you can expect.

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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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