Getting to The Root of the Problem: What is Root Canal Therapy?

Have you been told that you require root canal therapy? It’s important to understand what root canal therapy involves so you don’t feel any unnecessary stress when you come to Willow Dental Care Langley for the actual procedure. Stress can make your experience at the dentist far more difficult than it actually has to be.

What is a Root Canal?

The Root Canal is the name for the space within the root of the tooth, it is a hollow area that contains soft tissues (the pulp and nerves). The number of these hollow canals (one to four) in a tooth depend on the type of tooth and the pulp nourishes and hydrates the tooth.

Why do you need Root Canal Therapy?

However, if your dental pulp is exposed, through a cavity or fracture, or becomes infected (abscessed) for any reason, it will likely require root canal therapy to allow you to actually keep the tooth instead of extracting it. These days, root canal therapy is relatively pain and can be done in as little as one appointment.

What to do if you need Root Canal Therapy?

Contact Willow Dental Care Langley if you have any questions about root canal therapy or if you would like to book an appointment.

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Why Go to the Dentist? We’ve Got a Few Good Reasons!

Regular visits to your dentist at Willow Dental Care Langley are incredibly important for both your oral health and your general health. Why go to the dentist? Poor oral health has been link to poor general health, so come in for an appointment in Langley and get a great smile and something to smile about.

Still wondering “why go to the dentist”?

Prevention is key to most oral health care issues. You can avoid cavities, plaque building, gingivitis and a whole host of oral health care issues simply by practicing proper oral hygiene and booking your regular oral health checkup at Willow Dental Care Langley. 

Invest in your oral health and come in for a regular checkup at Willow Dental Care Langley.

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Bad Breath? Freshen Up with These Quick Tips from Your Dentist

Whether you’re in a business meeting or a lunch date, halitosis or bad breath can ruin your whole day and your fabulous first impression. However, with these tips from your dentist at Willow Dental Care Langley, you can quickly fix your bad breath and get back to business – social or professional.

Reach for the Lemon Water 

Dry mouth is often the cause of bad breath so keep your mouth moist and hydrated to avoid bad breath altogether. Washing down bacteria with lemon juice and water can help minimize bad breath and get you smiling again.

Chew on This

Sugar-free gum offers almost instant relief from bad breath. If you’re not a fan of chewing, you can opt for breath strips or mints instead. For a completely natural remedy to bad breath, order a dish that’s garnished with ginger, basil, mint or parsley.

Always Be Prepared 

Carry a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste in your purse or bag for optimal oral hygiene on the go. Mouthwash or baking soda are also ideal for quick breath fixes and should eliminate bad breath altogether.

A word of caution from your dentist. Bad breath may be caused by poor oral hygiene or oral infections. If your bad breath is persistent and not caused by anything you ordered at lunch, schedule an appointment at Willow Dental Care Langley and we’ll help you keep your breath fresh so that you can focus on the important things, like getting a new client or a second date.

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Baby Teeth Tips for Parents

According to a recent report from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, 28% of toddlers have cavities. If you want to help your child’s smile grow happy and healthy, read on for valuable tips from the caring dental health care professionals at Willow Dental Care Langley.

Tip #1: Practice Tooth Brushing

Simple things like letting your child choose the colour of their toothbrush and making tooth brushing a fun, bonding experience can help foster important oral health care habits in your child. If your child doesn’t like toothbrushes, try a musical toothbrush or one that resembles their favourite cartoon.

Tip #2: Play Dental Games

Help your child prepare for a happy dental visit by practising how to open their mouth wide and playing dentist, which can help your child get in the right frame of mind for visiting our Willow Dental Care Langley clinic.

Tip #3: Show, Don’t Tell about Oral Health Care

If your child sees you properly brushing and flossing, they’re likely to want to emulate your behaviour. You can explain to them after you’ve brushed your teeth and flossed for a total of 10 minutes how you’ve fought away evil cavity-causing bacteria that can rot your teeth.

 

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Gum Disease: You Can Prevent It!

Many dental patients in Langley believe they have perfect oral health. However, at Willow Dental Care Langley, we see many patients who are suffering from gingivitis and gum disease without even realizing it. Puffy, red gums that bleed could mean you have gingivitis. If you ignore these symptoms — and many patients do as the swelling, redness and bleeding aren’t typically painful — you may be on your way to early stage periodontal (gum) disease. But, it’s also possible to prevent the disease from occurring by reducing plaque build-up. Daily flossing and brushing, as well as regular dental hygienist cleanings, can keep plaque away.  Regular dental checkups at Willow Dental Care Langley are crucial in gum disease prevention since any early signs of decay can be caught.

Some of our Langley patients are surprised when their previously healthy, pink gums start to turn red and begin to bleed, but an individual’s oral health can change at any time. This is why gum disease prevention must be an ongoing effort on your part.  Without daily flossing and brushing, plus regular checkups and cleanings at Willow Dental Care Langley, you’re likely to be at risk for  periodontal disease. Make sure you brush at least twice a day, as well as floss daily, to avoid plaque build-up. Plaque, a film containing bacteria and acids, ruins tooth enamel as well as causes periodontal disease. Food particles can become trapped in plaque and further the progress of the disease, so it’s important to get regular hygienist cleanings plus gum disease prevention support from your dentist, who may recommend fluoride or other decay-preventive solutions.

Getting tips and checkups at Willow Dental Care Langley is an easy way to prevent gum disease and avoid destroying the structure of your teeth. Without regular professional care, moderate and late stages of gum disease may occur. If the gums aren’t healthy, they can’t adequately support the teeth. In the moderate stage of periodontal disease, gums tend to recede and expose large portions of the upper teeth–negatively affecting the tooth structure. Teeth often become loose at this stage. You’ll need to see your oral health expert to help avoid the advanced stage of gum disease. This stage of periodontal disease is the main cause of adult tooth loss and pain is typically present due to infection being built up deeply within the gums.

Don’t put off the state of your oral health! Contact the team at Willow Dental Care Langley to book an appointment for personalized gum disease prevention and treatment.

Wondering “How Do I floss Properly”? Here’s the Answer [VIDEO]

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 Willow Dental Care Langley.
 
“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 Willow Dental Care Langley 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 Willow Dental Care Langley 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:
 

Oral Health Care: Is Nail Biting Really Bad for Your Teeth?

We all know that nail biting is a bad habit, but do you know why? The dental team at Willow Dental Care Langley 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 Willow Dental Care Langley can answer any questions you might have about nail biting. Contact us today!

 

Oral
 Cancer : 
Get 
the 
Facts

April 
is 
Oral 
Health
 Month 
and
 to celebrate 
we
 are 
hosting 
a 
VELscope
 Oral 
Cancer 
Screening day
 on 
April 
26, 
2012.

Did 
you 
know?

  • Oral
 Cancer
 is 
the
 13th most common
 cancer
 reported in Canada?
  • Men
 are 
more
 susceptible to 
Oral 
Cancer
 than women?
  • A 
screening
 for 
Oral Cancer 
only 
takes
 2
– 3
 minutes?

Are
 you
 at 
risk?

Male 
smokers
 over
 the
 age 
of 
40
 are 
the
 most 
susceptible 
to 
Oral 
Cancer
 but everyone’s 
at 
risk
 – something
 as
 simple
 as getting too
 much
 sun, 
smoking
 or drinking
 alcohol
 may
 increase
 your
 chances
 of
 suffering 
from
 Oral 
Cancer.

What
 Can
 You 
Do?

With 
Oral 
Cancer,
 prevention
 and
 early
 detection
 is 
key. 
Practice
 correct
 oral
 health care 
by
 brushing
 twice
 daily
 and
 flossing every
 day
 and
 come 
in 
for
 your 
VELscope 
oral 
cancer 
screening
 at 
your
 nearest 
123Dentist.com
 Community
 Dentist Network practice.

Mark
 the 
Date

As 
part
 of 
Oral 
Health
 Month,
 members 
of
 the 123Dentist.com
 Community
 Dentist Network are 
offering
 a 
Velscope
 Oral Cancer
 screening
 on
 April
 26,
 2012. VELscope
 screenings 
typically 
take
 only 
a
 few
 minutes 
and
 are 
completely 
pain‐free.

Reserve
 your 
Oral 
Cancer
 screening
 appointment 
or 
find
 the 
nearest participating 
location
 near
 you 
by 
clicking 
here.

Celebrate Oral Health Month with anOral Cancer Screening

April
 is 
Oral 
Health
 Month
 and
 to 
celebrate
 – and
 encourage
– great
 oral 
health 
care,
 members 
of 
the
 123Dentist.com Community 
Dentist
 Network across 
the 
Lower
 Mainland
 are 
reccommending
 a 
VELscope
 Oral 
Cancer 
Screening.

The
 VELscope
 system
 is 
a 
laser
 device
 that 
was
 invented
 by
 the 
BC 
Cancer
 Agency
 as 
a 
tool 
to 
fight
 Oral 
Cancer
 through
 early
 detection.
 Oral
 Cancer
 is
 a
 potentially
 deadly
 disease
 and
 early 
detection
 and
 early 
treatment are
 key 
in 
the 
fight
 against Oral 
Cancer.

The 
VELscope
 oral 
cancer
 scanner 
works
 by 
using 
fluorescent
 light 
technology
 to help
 detect 
signs 
of 
cancer 
and
 precancer
 that 
are 
not 
visible
 to 
the 
naked 
eye. 
Quick and
 painless,
 an 
oral 
cancer
 screening
 often 
takes 
just 
2 
to 
3 
minutes.

Consider
 this: over
 3,400
 new
 cases
 of 
oral 
cancer
 were 
found
 last 
year 
in 
Canada
 alone.

Take 
just 
5 
minutes 
out 
of 
your 
day 
to
 ensure 
you 
have
 a
 safer
 Oral 
Health 
Month.

For 
more 
information
 about 
our
 VELscope
 Oral 
Cancer
 screening
, please 
click 
here.