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The season of outdoor adventures, lakeside barbecues, and relaxing vacations is well and truly underway. However, while we’re enjoying our adrenaline-inducing sports and deliciously sweet treats, a variety of dental emergencies can occur. We all know how important it is to keep our mouths and teeth healthy in the sun, but there are some accidents and dental emergencies that simply can’t be prevented. Here are some of the most common summer dental injuries, and how you can treat them.

A chipped or broken tooth

A large majority of summer injuries occur in the pool. Chipped teeth are fairly common for both adults and children, and it often doesn’t take much to sustain one: A fall on the slippery pool deck, a dive into shallow waters, or a bit of bad luck can be all it takes.

If you have chipped a tooth, it’s important to rinse your mouth with warm water, and stop the bleeding by lightly pressing gauze against the wound. To reduce the pain and swelling, place an ice pack on the area where your tooth is chipped, and take an over-the-counter pain reliever. The chip can often be successfully reattached, so make sure to save and rinse any pieces, and take them to your dentist with you immediately. However, if you can’t find the broken piece- don’t worry, as there are many other treatments available.

A knocked-out tooth

While there’s nothing quite like biking down Whistler or Blackcomb Mountain at extreme speed, it’s not uncommon to have a crash or fall. We offer custom-fit mouth guards to protect your teeth, and prevent broken or knocked out teeth from occurring in this scenario.

If you do knock out a tooth, it’s important to immediately pick it up – but do not touch the root surface. Rinse it under warm water and, if possible, place it in a glass of milk, saline or cool water, before heading to your dentist straightaway. Our ultimate goal is to get the tooth back in the socket as soon as possible, as the quicker it is replaced, the better the chances of saving the tooth.

A lost crown or filling

Fillings and crowns can fall out when you eat hard, sticky sweets, or they can just become lose in the tooth. If you swallow a crown, don’t panic! It should pass without problem.

A lost filling or crown is rarely an emergency, but it can be painful because the exposed tooth is extra sensitive. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist promptly, to avoid further damaging the exposed tooth, and to prevent the dentin underneath from changing shape. In the meantime, place dental cement directly on the tooth’s surface, to protect and seal the area.

Toothache

While we all like to indulge on our summer vacation, it’s important not to take a vacation from cleaning our teeth – especially if we’re treating ourselves to ice cream and fizzy drinks.

If your oral hygiene routine starts to slip, you may begin to feel a sharp or constant tooth pain, or get some swelling around a tooth. To ease the pain, first rinse the mouth with warm water, and use floss to remove lodged food. It’s important to never put aspirin or other painkillers against the gums near the aching tooth, as this may burn the surrounding tissue.

If your toothache is severe, or persists for over 2 days, visit your dentist immediately to make sure it isn’t something more serious.

By being sensible in the sun, sticking to your brushing and flossing routine – and not attempting any crazy dangerous stunts or backflips – you can avoid many of these emergencies. Dental injuries require immediate attention, and you can find Whistler Dental on Main St., across from the Whistler Public Library.

For more information on other dental injuries, see our emergency dental care advice. You can also contact us here to receive immediate advice from one of our dentists or specialists.

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. Being a Whistler dental office, we love and encourage all outdoor activities – so long as you consider your teeth! Dental protection appliances such as our custom mouth guards are a must for everyone – from elite athletes to first-timers.

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!

Often when the word mouthguard is mentioned, images of hockey players with missing teeth are conjured. In reality, the use of a mouthguard extends into a great number of sports. Determining if you would benefit from wearing one is simple: Do you want to protect your teeth and jaw while playing sports? If you answered yes, then exploring mouthguard options is for you. Choosing to get a custom mouthguard depends on what your personal preferences are regarding comfort level, price range, materials, and protection level.

What Exactly Is a Custom Mouthguard?

A custom-made mouth guard is fabricated by a dentist. The dentist takes a detailed mold of your teeth and then creates the protection out of thermoplastic materials. Since they are designed to fit perfectly in your mouth, they are considered by many to be the most protective option available.

What Are The Benefits?

Wearing a custom mouthguard while playing sports is the best protection for not only your teeth but your jaw and head. It will help cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw. Additionally, they can help absorb shock, stabilize the head and neck, and limit movement caused by a direct hit to the jaw; thus, reducing the risk of damage a blow to the head can cause.

How Long Do They Last?

Generally speaking, a custom mouthguard should be replaced every few years. To increase its longevity, a mouth guard must be taken care of and cleaned properly like any other appliance that is utilized to help your teeth. It should also be replaced once it becomes worn out because it will no longer offer a high level of protection.

Here are some tips on how to keep your mouthguard clean and in good condition:

  • Gently scrub it after each use with a toothbrush and some toothpaste.
  • Store it in its protective case.
  • To prevent it from melting or becoming deformed, keep it out of hot water or the sun.
  • Avoid chewing on it.
  • Replace it if it doesn’t fit properly and at the beginning of a new sports season

How Do I get One?

Custom-fit mouthguards can only be obtained through your dentist. If you are eligible for one, your dentist will arrange a time when you can be fitted for a dental mould to begin the process of creating your custom mouthguard.

If you are considering a custom mouthguard or have questions regarding one, be sure to talk to your dental professional.

From Olympic athletes to kids just starting out on the slopes, mouth-guards are imperative to maintaining optimal dental health and protecting those pearly whites. Mouth-guards are proven to protect teeth from damage due to injuries, falls and aggressive performance, and have also been shown to limit and reduce the impact of concussions. Elite winter athletes are required to wear mouth-guards when competing and more frequently amateur and new athletes are wearing them as a precautionary measure. Although Whistler Blackcomb does not have a rule making mouth-guards compulsory they are highly recommended by the mountain.

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