Preventing Cavities: Super Snacks for Super Teeth

Preventing cavities is sometimes not an easy task. Do you find yourself prone to getting a lot of dental cavities even though you brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily and visit Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist, every six months for a regular checkup? The problem may actually be linked to your diet. Here are a few super snacks that can help keep your teeth and gums at their healthiest in the constant struggle of preventing cavities:

Fruits & Veggies:
Apples, celery and cucumbers are all excellent super snacks for your dental health. These super snacks are nutritious and will help keep clean the surfaces of your teeth and massage your gums, improving circulation.

Dairy products:
Milk, cheese and calcium help with preventing cavities. These super snacks are rich in calcium and help neutralize acids in the mouth, reducing the incidence of cavities and tooth decay.

Other Great Snacks:
Nuts are excellent super snacks for oral health because they provide calcium and phosphate – elements that help keep dental enamel strong.

Dental professionals recommend avoiding any sugary snacks because sugar feeds the bacteria in the mouth and causes cavities. If you have any questions about which snacks are appropriate and which aren’t, or if you would like to book an appointment at Willow Dental Care Langley, Langley dentist, to learn more about preventing cavities, please click here.

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Understanding the Common Causes of Worn Teeth: Bruxism, Abrasion & Erosion

One of the most common causes for worn teeth is bruxism. Bruxism refers to tooth grinding or jaw clenching, especially during sleep, which wears down your enamel at an accelerated rate. You may have bruxism and not be aware of it, so contact Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist, for an appointment and we’ll let you know if your teeth are showing signs of bruxism and what you can do if that’s the case.

Abrasion is another common cause of worn teeth. Simply put, abrasion describes tooth enamel that is worn down by foreign objects in the mouth. Toothbrushes are the most common type of abrasive objects. If you brush your teeth too vigorously, you risk wearing down your enamel too much. Chewing pens or fingernails can cause teeth to lose enamel fast as well, as can an oral piercing or tongue ring.

Erosion is the third common cause of worn teeth. Erosion is caused by any substance that dissolves the enamel. Citric acid is the number one eroding agent of tooth enamel, but if you or a loved one has made a habit of purging, the gastric acids in your stomach can also dissolve your enamel.

At your Langley dentist, Willow Dental Care Langley, we offer several dental solutions for your worn teeth, but it’s our policy to work with you to address the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. Take care of your teeth and contact your Langley dentist, Willow Dental Care Langley today for an appointment.

10 Great Things You Can Do With Toothpaste

At Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist, we recommend brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for at least three minutes and at least twice a day as part of a healthy oral health care routine, but did you know you can also use toothpaste around the house?

Read on for the 10 things you can do with toothpaste – aside from achieving excellent oral health care:

  • Fix Insect Bites

Standard non-gel toothpaste can help relieve the itch from an insect bite and keep you from scratching at the site. Try it!

  • Sanitize Hands

In a pinch, toothpaste (and a little water) is a great hand sanitizer. As a bonus, if you’ve just chopped onions or garlic, you can neutralize the odour with a bit of toothpaste/water.

  • Fix Nail Holes

Nail holes generally require professional putty to fix but with a little bit of inexpensive toothpaste, you can fill in the hole and touch up with paint afterward.

  • Clean your Diamond Ring

By scrubbing your diamond ring with a little bit of toothpaste on an old toothbrush, you could have your diamond looking as if you had just bought it!

  • Help relieve burns

Always out of aloe? Put toothpaste on your burn right after it happens to help relieve the stinging sensation.

  • Removes crayon from wall paint

Little one been drawing on the walls again? Get a damp rag with a little bit of toothpaste on it and simply wipe away the residue.

  • Put up posters

Forget tape or thumb tacks, simply put a dab of toothpaste on the back of posters to hang it without damaging the wall.

  • Treat Acne

It is only recommended to use this tip at most once a week, but by putting a small dab of toothpaste on a pimple before bed, it should be cleared up by morning!

  • Remove scratches on glassware

Polish your scratched glasses with a dab of toothpaste and they should look like new instantly!

  • Prevent fog in goggles

Many swimmers swear by toothpaste for keeping their goggles free of fog. Simply wipe it on, clean it off and enjoy a fog-free view.

However, don’t forget toothpaste’s most important role! Brush twice daily, floss regularly and visit Willow Dental Care Langley for a fantastically healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off!

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Don’t Fear the Dentist! We’re on Your Team!

Here at Willow Dental Care Langley, we understand that our Langley dental patients may suffer from dental anxiety and therefore can be extremely reluctant to contact us and book an appointment. Research has identified the Top 3 anxiety-causing reasons about dental visits – and here’s what we’re doing to make your every visit to Willow Dental Care Langley something to look forward to!

  • Pain

Fear of pain is completely natural and the oral health care experts at Willow Dental Care Langley understand that anxiety associated with needles and the idea of pain/discomfort in the mouth can convince patients they’re better off suffering from oral health care issues than coming to the dentist. However, we want to set the record straight. Most dental procedures are currently comfortable. If you require sedation and dislike needles, we’ll offer you alternative options or conceal the needle if necessary.

  • Embarrassment 

90% of patients in one recent study reported that embarrassment is the no. 1 reason why they don’t visit the dentist. If you’re worried that you’ve neglected your teeth and your oral health care, come in for an appointment and learn about your oral health care options at Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist. We’re here to help and we promise we won’t lecture you! After all, we’re your oral health care partner and your oral health is just as important to us as it is to you.

  • Control 

If you don’t like feeling like you have no control over what happens in the dentist chair, come to Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist for a dental experience like no other. We promise to do our best to communicate with you, both online and offline. We’ll work out a system that allows you to alert us to any trouble or discomfort during a procedure.

At Willow Dental Care Langley, our goal is to give you an amazing dental experience. Contact us today and find out why we should be your choice for oral health care.

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Get Rid of Your Toothache, Fast!

If you’re suffering from a toothache, contact Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist, as soon as possible – your tooth may be abscessed and require emergency dental care. Come in to Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist to avoid complications such as surgery or a tooth extraction if you experience any type of toothache.

The good news is, there are some tried and true toothache pain relief methods and here they are, brought to you by the caring team of oral health care experts at Langley dentist Willow Dental Care Langley

  • Cold Compress

Applying a cold compress to your jaw should alleviate a toothache. The cold reduces blood flow to the site and therefore reduces swelling and pain. Apply a cold compress as often as necessary until the pain subsides.

  • Pain Medication

Pain medication can help relieve a toothache but be sure not to exceed the recommended dose. Pain relievers such as aspirin and Advil typically contain anti-inflammatory medicine which can reduce the pain and swelling associated with a toothache.

  • Warm Salt Water and Baking Soda 

Salt and Baking Soda combine to make an excellent anti-bacterial mouth-rise that can help reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth and potentially reduce the swelling and pain that stems from a toothache.

  • Clove Oil and Garlic 

Pure clove oil, available in most drugstores, can act as a numbing agent if applied directly to the tooth. Don’t apply to the gums or apply too much as clove oil can be poisonous in too-high quantities. If you don’t want to use clove oil, a clove of garlic is an excellent substitute – simply hold it against the tooth for a few minutes and rinse with warm water afterward.

  • Teabag Therapy 

Teas such as black and green teas are high in tannins, which are known to reduce swelling and help your blood to clot and therefore improve healing. Microwave the teabag in a small dish filled with water for about 30 seconds or until warm, squeeze the excess water and bite down on the teabag, holding it against your tooth/gum.

However, remember that any toothache is a bad toothache so contact Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist, for an appointment as soon as possible.

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Want to Live a Longer, Happier Life? Smile more! [TEDx]

If you’re looking for a way to improve your health, your social relationships and your overall well-being, smiling is your best bet!

The simple act of smiling comes with a lot of benefits. According to a recent TED Talk given by Health Tap founder and CEO Ron Gutman, several studies support the theory that smiling improves your health and longevity. One study found that the width of a smile can be used to predict longevity – in other words, the wider your smile, the more likely you are to live longer. If you’re not happy with your smile and don’t smile often or at all, contact your Langley dentist Willow Dental Care Langley to book an appointment and improve your life, one smile at a time!

Studies also found that smiling is contagious – which is a good thing, because a single smile can make you feel as good as winning $2500 dollars or eating around 2000 bars of chocolate! Children tend to smile a lot more often that adults do, so if your goal is to live a longer, happier life, get in touch with your inner child and smile.

But if your current smile doesn’t really want to make you…well, smile, come in to Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist, for a custom smile makeover that’s sure to leave you grinning ear to ear. Smiling can lower stress levels and increase your attractiveness, so don’t miss out on the benefits of a smile and contact Willow Dental Care Langley today!

Enjoy the  TED Talk below, entitled the Hidden Power of Smiling, for more fascinating smile research:

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Afraid of Going to the Dentist? Discover The Cure for Dental Fears

Dentists generally have a bad reputation. Expressions such as “It’s like pulling teeth” and “I’d rather get a root canal” are proof that doing something painful and hard is often compared to going to the dentist. In fact, going to the dentist is shown as something to be endured, not enjoyed.

However, it doesn’t have to be that way at all – and we at Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist, certainly don’t believe going to the dentist is a terrifying ordeal for any of our patients.

Our oral health care experts do their very best to make your every experience at the dentist a memorable one – in a good way! We know why people dislike going to the dentist and we’ve worked to make our office, our staff and our technology into a perfect combination of excellent patient-focused care and excellent oral health care.

If you’re afraid of going to the dentist, we offer you several dental treatment options such as sedation dentistry and we believe in honest, open communication between you, the patient and us, the oral health care professionals. Let us know when you’re uncomfortable and we’ll do everything we can to make you comfortable and relaxed.

If you’re afraid of pain, you might be pleasantly surprised to learn that current dental technology has made going to the dentist a virtually comfortable experience. Extractions, root canals and even routine cleanings are now the most efficient as possible.

If you’re worried you’ll be judged for your oral health care regime, we promise you’ll only get a better understanding of oral health care, not a scolding! We’re thrilled you’ve chosen our dental clinic as your partner in your quest for a healthy, happy smile.

Contact Willow Dental Care Langley and finally “feel like you’re on cloud 9” when you’re going to the dentist.

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Dry Mouth? Here’s What You Can Do!

If you suffer from dry mouth – especially in the summer – your dentist at Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist,  has some valuable tips on what you can do to relieve your dry mouth symptoms and enjoy yourself, whatever the season!

Offer Yourself a Mint or Two

If you suffer from dry mouth, try a sugar-free mint, preferably one that has a strong and natural flavour such as spearmint. Mints should help encourage saliva production and as a bonus, you get minty-fresh breath!

Find Yourself a Tall Drink of Water 

Water is excellent for promoting saliva production and has myriad excellent benefits for your oral and overall health. If you find that your mouth is getting dry, make sure to always carry a water bottle with you and sip accordingly. Drinking plenty of water means that you won’t suffer from dehydration or a dry mouth during the summer.

Give Yourself a Pick-Me-Up with Fruits and Vegetables 

If you’re dealing with a dry mouth, snack on fruits and veggies – which are full of water and vitamins – and keep your oral and your overall health in top shape over the summer.

Dry mouth can increase your chances of gum disease, tooth decay and mouth infections so if you find that your dry mouth persists, contact Willow Dental Care Langley as soon as possible.

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Dental Secrets Straight from Your Dentist!

Your oral health is important and at Willow Dental Care Langley, your Langley dentist, our team of oral health care experts want to share with you the most important oral health secrets that will give you a healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off everywhere.

  • If your gums are bleeding, there’s a very high chance you have periodontal (gum) disease. Come for an appointment as soon as possible!
  • An oral health care checkup at  Willow Dental Care Langley every 6 months applies only to healthy gums. If you don’t have healthy gums, you’ll want to schedule a checkup at least every 3 months.
  • Pay attention to your back teeth when brushing/flossing. We’ve found that patients at our Langley dental clinic focus too much on their visible front teeth.
  • Proper oral health care includes 10 minutes of careful brushing and flossing.
  • Mouthwash that contains alcohol can dry out your mouth and actually worsen your bad breath.

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