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Preventative Dentistry

What Is Preventive Dentistry? Preventive dentistry is the practice of caring for your teeth to keep them healthy. This helps to avoid cavities, gum disease, enamel wear, and more. There are many forms of preventive dentistry, such as daily brushing and dental cleanings. To maintain optimal oral health, the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends visits to the dentist at regular intervals determined by a dentist. These practices are designed to ensure that teeth are clean, strong, and white. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age. Brush Your Teeth Daily The most important part of preventive dentistry ...
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5 Reasons Why Flossing Is Extremely Important

Every time you visit the dentist for a checkup, there's one question you're almost certain to hear: "Have you been flossing regularly?" For a lot of patients, the answer isn't always yes. Many people make a point of brushing their teeth twice a day, as the Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends, but fewer people follow the recommendation to floss at least once a day. What many of these non-flossers don't realize is that this step plays an important role in dental health. Unlike a toothbrush, which cleans the tops and outer surfaces of the teeth and gums, floss is an ...
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Checklist for Next Dental Visit

Update Medications Your dentist will need a list of all medications you take, including prescription medications, herbal treatments and over-the-counter drugs. Even herbal and over-the-counter medications can influence your dental treatments. For instance, if you're routinely taking aspirin or using an herb that thins your blood, this could have a significant effect on bleeding potential if you have a procedure such as an extraction. Be sure to include all the drugs you take, including any illegal medications. Scheduling an Appointment for Diabetics Most importantly, it is critical for those with diabetes to routinely visit their dentist. Diabetics can have a ...
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Tips for Healing From the Flu

Tips for Healing From the Flu

Brewery District Dental, right here in New Westminster, BC. Typical Flu Symptoms What most people call the flu is a viral infection that causes upper respiratory symptoms. However, gastrointestinal flu can also occur during flu season. These illnesses are caused by influenza viruses – yes, more than one. Flu strikes quickly, with fever, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, headache and cough. People with gastrointestinal flu will have nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramps and sometimes a low-grade fever. The virus is spread through droplets when you cough, sneeze or even talk. Viruses can also live on surfaces, especially a wet surface like ...
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Cannabis & Dental Procedures

Cannabis & Dental Procedures

smoke it or use a vape, cannabis can negatively affect your dental procedures. Talk to Your Dentist Whether you consume cannabis for medical or recreational purposes, it is essential that you talk to your dentist about your use. Just like using alcohol or other drugs, if you consume it before dental procedures, it can negatively affect the outcome of your procedure. To ensure your safety during your appointment, be open and honest about your use. Some examples of its unintended effects are below: Cannabis can increase the effects of IV and oral sedation. This is very important for those anxious ...
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