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Did you know: February is National Children’s Dental Health Month?
February is the month to raise awareness about the significance of your oral health. With National Children’s Dental Health month beginning in Cleveland in 1941 and extending to a month-long program since 1981, it is especially important to take care of your child’s oral health. The dental team at Maple Place Dental Centre in Maple Ridge support National Children’s Dental Health Month and encourage you to follow up with regular checkups and proper oral care.
In February, Maple Place Dental Centre and other dentists around the world are concerned with preventative oral care, especially when it comes to children. It is important to remember that having good oral health habits when you’re young and having periodic dental appointments will get your children on the right track to keep those teeth and gums healthy.
If your child hasn’t been to Maple Place Dental Centre in Maple Ridge in the last six months, be sure to contact us and make an appointment.
Maple Place Dental Centre is proud to be a sponsor and participant in events in our community, and we’re proud to support the next generation of community leaders and the future of dentistry. Recently, Maple Place Dental’s very own Dr. Song attended the Grand Opening of the 123Dentist.com Study/Conference Room donated by the 123Dentist.com Community Dentist Network to the Faculty of Dentistry at the prestigious University of British Columbia. Dr. Song is pictured below with Dr. Charles Shuler, the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry.
For more photos of the wonderful event, please visit the 123Dentist.com Facebook page.
Using dental floss properly is essential to your oral health because it eliminates plaque and gets rid of food bits in places where a toothbrush can’t reach. These areas are in between the teeth and underneath the gum-line. Here are some great oral health tips on clean teeth and dental floss from the dental team at Maple Place Dental Centre in Maple Ridge.
“Why is dental plaque so bad for me?”
When dental plaque builds up, it can cause tooth decay and gum disease, which is why the dental team at Maple Place Dental Centre in Maple Ridge recommends that you use dental floss regularly, every day.
“How do I floss properly?”
Here are some strategies on using dental floss most effectively:
– Give yourself about 18 inches of floss and wrap it around both of your middle fingers. Leave an inch or so of dental floss that you can maneuver.
– Hold the dental floss in a flexible way and keep it between your thumbs and index fingers. Be gentle when sliding it up and down between your teeth.
– Take the dental floss and put it around the base of each tooth so you get into the gumline. Do not be forceful with the floss because it can harm gum tissue.
– When you move between teeth, be sure to use the clean section of the floss.
-Removing the floss from your mouth is easy: use a similar back-and-forth motion so you can move the floss up and away from your teeth.
The two kinds of floss you can use are Nylon floss or PTFE. With nylon floss, you can choose between waxed and unwaxed, and there are many different flavors. The problem with nylon floss is that it can sometimes tear easily, but this won’t happen with PTFE floss. PTFE floss is more expensive but worth it because it maneuvers easily between teeth and won’t shred. However, both kinds of floss are efficient in eliminating plaque.
For any questions about dental floss and clean teeth, contact us at Maple Place Dental Centre in Maple Ridge and we can give you all the information you need.
So, do you have the answer to “How do I floss properly” yet? If not, check out this informative video from Colgate:
We all know that nail biting is a bad habit, but do you know why? The dental team at Maple Place Dental Centre in Maple Ridge want to clarify why this habit is so detrimental to your overall oral health.
Nail biting is a common habit within certain age groups, including children, teens and young adults. Stress often triggers nail biting, and can diminish as you get older. However, nail biting should be stopped at a young age because it is unclean and unhealthy.
Biting your nails can be detrimental to your oral health for a variety of reasons:
It’s unsanitary. Nails are filled with dirt and they’re even filthier than your fingers. If you bite into your nails, germs will easily get into your mouth and help the spread of bacteria.
Chewing objects is bad for your teeth – When you bite your nails, your teeth will be chewing constantly. The motion of chewing wears down teeth quite fast and puts stress on your teeth which can cause them to misalign.
They harm braces – If you have braces, you know how much pressure is placed on your teeth. If you want to add to this pressure, biting your nails is a great idea! This will stress your teeth out and weaken them, harming your orthodontic treatment and your overall bite.
It can end up costing you – You wouldn’t think that nail biting would be an expensive habit, but it can end up costing you up to $4,000 in extra dental bills during your life!
So what can you do about your problem? Just knowing the facts and how damaging nail biting can be should help you take action and kick that habit for good. The dental team at Maple Place Dental Centre in Maple Ridge can answer any questions you might have about nail biting. Contact us today!
Your children’s oral health is important, and keeping teeth and gums healthy is crucial on so many levels. Recently, experts have discovered that children’s teeth might be able to help treat Parkinson’s disease and diabetes because of stem cells located in the pulp chambers of the teeth. Clearly, your child’s teeth are vitally important and the dental team at Maple Place Dental Centre in Maple Ridge want to make sure your children’s oral health care is top notch.
Practicing proper oral health care
If you’re wondering when the right time is to start brushing your baby’s teeth, we have some tips for you. Regular dental cleanings should be done after your baby has their teeth. After you have breastfed or bottle-fed your baby, take a damp washcloth and softly rub your baby’s gums. To make cleaning easier, you can wrap the cloth around one of your fingers to remove all those food scraps from your baby’s mouth.
As soon as your baby’s first tooth comes, a baby toothbrush will be needed. You can easily find special children’s oral health care toothbrushes at your local drugstore. These brushes are gentle and have only a few bristles. You don’t have to worry about buying toothpaste, you’ll only need water to clean your child’s teeth.
Children’s oral health care experts have determined that when more teeth start to come in, that’s when toothpaste becomes necessary. You will only need a very small amount and be sure that there is no fluoride in the toothpaste for the first few years. A great exercise is to have your child pretend to spit out toothpaste after brushing – then they will have already formed good habits when it comes time to use fluoride toothpaste which is hazardous when swallowed.
For more questions or concerns about proper children’s oral health or your baby’s teeth, call or visit us at Maple Place Dental Centre in Maple Ridge, BC.
If you’re pregnant and wondering what effect your oral health might have on your unborn baby, the dental health experts at our Maple Ridge dental practice want patients to know the facts about how oral health can impact pregnancy.
There has been evidence that shows a correlation between gum disease and premature babies. Researchers have revealed that pregnant woman who have gum disease are more likely than other pregnant women to have a premature birth.
There needs to be more research on this subject, but it does seem that gum disease is detrimental to fluids that induce labour. If gum disease worsens during pregnancy, the risk will be greater of having a baby born too early or too small.
The dental health team at Maple Place Dental encourages pregnant women to visit our Maple Ridge dental practice for regular dental appointments so that oral health issues can be treated before they have an impact on pregnancy.
While you are pregnant, the team at our Maple Ridge dental practice will pay close attention to your teeth and gums. In order to keep your mouth healthy, brush and floss on a regular basis and make sure your diet is nutritious. Ensure that you visit Maple Place Dental in Maple Ridge for your regular checkups and to prevent dental issues.
Aside from gum disease, another issue that women may develop during pregnancy is gingivitis. This occurs when plaque is stored in the teeth, causing gums to be irritated. Symptoms of this dental problem are red, swollen and bloody gums, and inflammation.
Gingivitis is a major concern for pregnant women who visit our dental practice because the high level of hormones make the way gums respond to plaque much worse. It should be noted that plaque is the major cause of pregnancy gingivitis, not hormones.
If you are diligent about keeping your teeth clean, this will reduce your chances of gingivitis. Make sure to pay special attention to the gumline, as it attracts plaque and bacteria the most.
Let the Maple Place Dental Centre team in Maple Ridge know about your pregnancy when you make your appointment.
It is common for parents to wonder whether it is bad for kids to be sucking their thumbs or fingers. Lots of households have at least one “thumb-sucker” and we at Maple Place Dental in Maple Ridge are here to set the record straight about the problems that arise from thumb sucking.
The big question is, should you worry about your child if they are sucking their thumb? For the most part, there is nothing to worry about. Thumb sucking is completely natural for most children, making them feel secure and content and even being quite relaxing for them. This habit is something that most kids can easily grow out of when they hit the ages of two to four.
However, thumb sucking does become a problem when your child continues to suck their thumb after they’ve received their permanent teeth (usually around the ages of four to six). This habit can become quite problematic at this point, causing pressure inside their mouth and preventing teeth from growing or aligning properly.
If you think that thumb sucking is becoming a problem for your child, contact the dental team at Maple Place Dental in Maple Ridge and we can evaluate what’s happening and give you some helpful tips on how your child can stop this habit.
Bad breath can scare away a variety of people, whether it be your boss, family, or a potential new love interest. The team at Maple Place Dental Centre in Maple Ridge are always available to share the latest tips and tricks on how to freshen bad breath.
At Maple Place Dental Group, we know that many patients are worried about how their breath smells. However, while some cases of bad breath are persistent and chronic, bad breath can typically be kept at bay.
The following video thoroughly explains the causes of bad breath and how it can be prevented. Most of the time, bad breath can be stopped if you brush your teeth twice a day after eating and floss regularly. The video focuses on morning breath and how this can be controlled, providing tips such as brushing inside the cheek and tongue where most of the bacteria accumulates. It is also recommended to drink plenty of water to encourage saliva production.
Watch the video below for more tips on how to get rid of bad breath.
To learn more about proper oral health, feel free to contact us at Maple Place Dental if you have any questions.
In existence for over 30 years, dental veneers are still not commonly understood or utilized by many dental patients in Maple Ridge.
While most people have heard of whitening teeth with bleach treatments, they are not aware that they are being exposed to the bleaching alternative almost daily. In fact, dental veneers are worn by actors, models and professionals and play a huge role in the cosmetic dentistry industry.
|“Dental veneers do more than just make your smile look beautiful, they can also help fix for biting problems, help fill in gaps between teeth, or straighten overlapping teeth.”|
Dental veneers are similar to acrylic fingernails, where a replacement is shaped and placed on the natural nail. Veneers are made of a thin layer of custom-made porcelain or composite material, which are then placed over the natural tooth.
However, unlike an acrylic nail, veneers are incredibly tough. Patients with dental veneers are still able to bite into carrots, eat fudge, or enjoy anything else they would normally. Dental veneers are completely sealed against the natural tooth, lasting for several years without regular maintenance.
While professional teeth whitening may have a few limitations, veneers are used to solve a variety of oral health issues. Bleaching is typically used only to lighten teeth, without the ability to change the position, size or shape of teeth.
Dental veneers do more than just make your smile look beautiful, they can also help fix for biting problems, help fill in gaps between teeth, or straighten overlapping teeth.
Dental veneers also allow you to keep much of your natural tooth, which is always ideal. Veneers are custom-made to cover just the front and biting surface of your teeth, which leaves the back area untouched.
Don’t forget, if you are interested in any cosmetic dentistry solutions from Maple Place Dental, it is incredibly important to maintain proper oral health.
For more information on dental veneers, or to book an appointment at our Maple Ridge dental clinic, contact us today!
Cosmetic Dentistry has become increasingly more accepted for patients thanks to popular reality shows that focus on dramatic smile makeovers. Dental patients in Maple Ridge are beginning to understand how easy it is to create their ideal smile with the available cosmetic dentistry solutions.
|“Cosmetic Dentistry in Maple Ridge, BC has come a long way in providing smile correction. Dental patients can benefit greatly by taking advantage of gummy smile treatment and other cosmetic dentistry solutions.”|
We are often asked questions about what a cosmetic dentist can accomplish at Maple Place Dental, and many patients are surprised at all the smile correction solutions we provide.
One popular cosmetic procedure is “gummy smile” treatment or correction. A gummy smile occurs when a large section of gums appear when the patient smiles or laughs. In some cases, there will be more gum area visible than teeth.
Patients complain about their “gummy smile” because they seem to resemble an adolescent, with prominent gums and small teeth. Generally, this smile comes from genetics, which causes the typical gum development to stop early, leaving teeth shorter than they should be.
A gummy smile correction can be treated in a few different ways. First, patients with less severe or moderate gum problems can be treated by lifting the gums and utilizing dental veneers. This “gum-lift”, similar to a face-lift, sculpts the gums to a natural height, allowing veneers to be affixed to the teeth to allow for a beautiful, new smile.
Second, for severe gum disproportion, treatment can include the physical breaking and repositioning of the upper jaw. This can require a healing time of up to two months and the jaw will be wired shut.
Cosmetic Dentistry in Maple Ridge has come a long way in providing smile correction. Patients at Maple Ridge are able to benefit greatly by taking advantage of gummy smile treatment and other cosmetic dentistry solutions.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry in Maple Ridge or to book an appointment, contact the expert team at Maple Place Dental.
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