With the school year beginning again in Burnaby, kids are once again gearing up for sugar-filled lunches and candy bar recess treats. For parents, it may be hard to control what goes into your child’s mouth and what kind of dental damage may occur.
|“If your children just cannot resist a special desert with their mealtime, there are ways to minimize damage to teeth.”|
At Metroplex Dental Centre we have developed a candy guideline, helping parents make informed decisions when it comes to preparing lunchbox treats for kid’s to enjoy.
Of course, completely eliminating candy from the meal plan is always the ideal way to save yourself and your family the expense and pain of dental cavities. However, if your children just cannot resist a special desert with their mealtime, we have some tactics to help minimize damage to teeth.
(This guide can also be useful for those adults with a sweet tooth!)
The Sweetest Sin
According to Dr. Payam Deljoui, some of the worst candy for kids to consume is sour candy. The acids that are found in the candy can work to seriously damage your child’s pearly whites by dissolving enamel instantly.
In addition, hard and chewy candies are some of the worst sugar treats for your teeth. The bottom line being: the longer sugary sweets remain in your mouth, the more harmful the effects are to teeth and gums.
Lastly, and most surprisingly, raisins are a key link to causing dental problems. This is due to the fact that raisins are sticky, leading them to get caught in and can be damaging to past dental work such as retainers, fillings, Invisalign, or braces.
The Runners Up
While still not great for your teeth, candy bars are not found to be a leading cause for tooth decay. This is due to the fact that most candy bars are eaten quickly, allowing for less time for sugar to cause acid buildup.
Along with chocolate bars, powder candy is not nearly as bad for your teeth as most people would assume. Similar to chocolate, powdered sugar is typically swallowed quickly, meaning it will not stay in contact with teeth for a long time.
Not surprisingly, the best sweet treat for children and adults alike is sugar-free candy and gum. Products with the ingredient Xylitol can actually prevent cavities by triggering an increase in the production of saliva thus eliminating harmful bacteria.
Contact us today to learn more about preventing cavities and dental disease.
In existence for over 30 years, dental veneers are still not commonly understood or utilized by many dental patients in Burnaby.
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 roll 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 Metroplex Dental Centre, it is incredibly important to maintain proper oral health.
For more information on dental veneers, or to book an appointment at our Burnaby 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 Burnaby are beginning to understand how easy it is to create their ideal smile with the available cosmetic dentistry solutions.
|“Cosmetic Dentistry in Burnaby, 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 Metroplex Dental Centre, 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 Burnaby has come a long way in providing smile correction. Patients at Metroplex Dental Centre are able to benefit greatly by taking advantage of gummy smile treatment and other cosmetic dentistry solutions.
For more information on cosmetic dentistry in Burnaby, BC or to book an appointment, contact the expert team at Metroplex Dental Centre.
|“Always consider the options available and the gravity of your situation before phoning any local emergency dental clinic.”|
Emergency situations occur all the time in Burnaby. Medical emergencies are typically treated in emergency room facilities at the hospital, but how about emergency dental treatment?
If you have ever experienced a broken or knocked out tooth, you know that treatment is needed IMMEDIATELY. However, if a patient is not covered by dental insurance or cannot see a dentist, often they resort to taking emergency dental measures. It is important to understand what is an important dental emergency, and what can wait for a few hours or days.
Examples of “Not as Serious” Dental Emergencies:
- *Lost fillings
- *Chipped tooth
- *Wisdom teeth issues
- *Root Canal problems
- *Loose Crowns
- *Mouth Ulcers
With these problems, you will be able to wait until a time when you can make an appointment with us at Metroplex Dental Centre. Take some painkillers in order to experience temporary relief.
Examples of “Serious” Dental Emergencies:
- *Severe, unstoppable bleeding
- *Swelling in the face or neck
- *Dislocated, broken or fractured jaw
- *Loss of consciousness
In these cases, emergency dental treatment is required. These injuries may commonly occur in sporting accidents, car crashes, or children and should be taken immediately to an emergency dental facility.
These serious dental emergencies are also the only problems that require a visit to the emergency dental room. Always consider the options available and the gravity of your situation before phoning any local emergency dental clinic.
Contact Metroplex Dental Centre today to learn more about what to do in the case of a dental emergency.
Many patients at Metroplex Dental Centre are still confused about the relatively new Invisalign technology, we are frequently asked: Does Invisalign work? Is Invisalign for adults or teenagers? What are hidden braces?
Today, more and more teenagers and adults are being introduced to the innovative Invisalign technology. Patients who are seeking an invisible, aesthetic treatment for crooked teeth are looking for a alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment.
How does Invisalign Work?
Invisalign utilizes an innovative, 3-D computer imaging system, which works to create a complete, customized treatment plan for each patient. You will be able to see your initial position of your teeth, along with the final preferred position.
From there, the team at Metroplex Dental work to create a series of custom-made aligners, which work to move teeth gradually over a two-to-three week period. After this set, the aligner will be replaced until you reach the desired teeth position.
Why should I invest in Invisalign?
More and more adults and teenagers are choosing Invisalign over traditional braces for a variety of reasons. Due to the fact that Invisalign is removable, you are able to eat or drink whatever you like during treatment. In addition, patients are able to brush and floss teeth without trouble, allowing for better oral health.
So, does Ivisalign work?
Yes! Invisalign can work for you to correct a wide range of dental or orthodontic problems. At Metroplex Dental Centre we can help you fix crowding, spacing issues, crossbites, overbites and underbites. Soon, you will have a beautiful, healthy and straight smile!
To learn more about Invisalign options from Metroplex Dental contact us today.
Is there a connection between the two diseases? Yes. Recent studies conducted by the American Diabetes Association have proven that diabetes and gum disease are linked. Diabetics not only have the problem of everyday blood glucose monitoring and maintaining; they are more prone to gum disease and oral health complications. With the serious disease of diabetes, numerous other complications can occur such as a low immune system and oral health complications such as gingivitis. Diabetics do not have as much fighting power within their immune system as healthy people and this makes them vulnerable to a variety of problems.
Diabetes and gum disease are connected because when blood glucose levels become unstable the teeth cannot remain strong. This can cause a diabetic to lose teeth throughout their lifetime. The risk of serious gum disease is higher when a diabetic’s blood sugar level becomes unbalanced. New research and studies performed indicate that if we focus on maintaining our oral health, we can maintain or improve our general health. An unhealthy set of teeth can lead to numerous problems and health conditions. Gum disease can seriously affect a diabetic because it can increase blood glucose levels so high that it may be more and more difficult to maintain on a daily basis.
If you are suffering from diabetes, you must take good care of your gums. By brushing your teeth two to three times daily after meals, flossing, booking routine dental cleanings, controlling glucose levels and using mouthwash, you can greatly reduce your chances of getting gum disease. It is also important to observe your teeth and gums daily to see if any teeth are loose and if any gums are bleeding as this has been a sign of individuals dealing with diabetes and gum disease
We at Metroplex Dental Centre understand how diabetes and gum disease can deeply affect your life and quality of living. We remain educated and updated on the most recent dental studies, confirmed healthcare reports and offer state-of-the-art technology and treatments. It is our job to keep your teeth and gums healthy and we commit ourselves to providing optimal oral health and hygiene in all of our patients.
If you want to look your best on your wedding day, why not whiten your smile? Teeth whitening is a popular dental practice among top celebrities and anyone who loves a bright smile. It is a simple, quick and your friends and family will notice! Nothing beats a bright and shiny smile these days and the days of allowing coffee or wine to stain your teeth are over.
Get your teeth whitened with Metroplex Dental and accessorize the colour of your wedding dress with a bright new smile. Professional teeth whitening can be done in our Burnaby dental clinic for any groom or bride-to-be. If you are the bride, you can create bigger whiter smiles for your bridal party! Whatever the case, a smile is worth a thousand words and when we feel confident about our teeth, we can’t help but smile more.
Your wedding day can be perfect with a brilliant new and fresh smile when you get your teeth whitened. Our team at Metroplex Dental dedicate our efforts to improving oral health in all of our clients. So whether you are getting married, attending a wedding, or just want a bright sparkling smile, we are here for you.
Because we are experts at what we do, we can use higher percentages of whitening products so that you will be guaranteed a white smile for the most important day of your life. Forget the ‘do-it-yourself’ whitening strips and kits and let us take care of your teeth. Walk into the union of marriage with not only a sparkle in your eyes this special day. With only one visit we can change the way you feel about your teeth. Every procedure within the cosmetic dentistry area is not invasive and teeth whitening can be the answer you have been looking for. You will leave our office feeling more confident from the inside out and people will notice your boost of self-esteem.
Give us a call today and let us make your wedding day more spectacular than ever. A happy bride and groom is the key to a happy marriage!
Kids definitely have a whirlwind romance with sugar and candies. By making a commitment to children’s oral health and hygiene we are saving them from future problems and complications. If you find that your kids are over indulging in sweets there are some tactics you can use to reduce the risk of tooth and gum complications. Here are some tips on how to protect your children’s teeth so they can have good strong teeth and optimal oral health when becoming adults.
When we think of a season that holds the most fun for kids, we think of summer. We think of longer warm days full of activity and fun. Kids are thrilled when they get out of school and their daily diets can become a bit unstructured. If you spend the summer months with your kids going to basketball and baseball games, or possibly a swim meet, you know that there are concession stands and vending machines at every turn. It is easy for kids to grab something fast such as a pack of Gummi Bears or an ice cream.
If you know you are planning to go to these places full of junk food and candy, why not plan ahead. Bring healthy snacks such as trail mix and cut up fruit. Pears, apples and celery are an excellent choice for rinsing away all that bacteria that lingers in the mouth. These healthy food items will decrease the risk of developing cavities and will protect your children’s teeth in the long run. If you want to protect your children’s teeth; watch what they eat.
When eating sugary snacks with your kids, make sure they have water and a small protein based meal as well. Make sure they chew their food numerous times before swallowing as this will rid their mouths of bad bacteria that can grow over time. If you want to protect your children’s teeth, make sure you read the labels on the back of their favorite cereals and snacks. Avoid items with too much sugar like sports drinks, juices and soda pops. Water is always the number one choice when it comes to optimal oral health as it rinses away the acid that forms when sugar and bacteria come together. When out on the run, keep water bottles and sugarless gum on hand for those candy craving attacks.
Sticky candies like chocolate bars and jelly beans attack the mouth with acid and can cause sugar to stick around in your child’s mouth more than it should. If out at a ball game or other snack haven, stick to items with less or not sugar such as oversized pretzels, roasted chestnuts and popcorn. This can improve oral health in more ways than one.
At Metroplex Dental we can educate you on how to protect your children’s teeth so they can remain free of cavities, tooth decay and other complications. It’s never too late to learn and your kids will be healthier for it. Give us a call today!
We are pleased to announce that Metroplex Dental Centre has been chosen for membership in 123Dentist.com’s Local Dentist Network!
Finding the right dentist used to be hit or miss. 123Dentist.com changes that. The 123Dentist.com website is a fast and convenient service that helps consumers find an expert dentist in their neighborhood who stands for superior results and who is committed to putting patients first. The 123Dentist.com website search engine is an innovative and easy tool connecting BC residents to a directory of world-class dentists – whether one is looking for a general dentist, a cosmetic dentist, or even for a dentist who provides a particular solution such as Sedation Dentistry, Laser Dentistry, or Invisalign invisible braces – 123Dentist.com provides a list of local dental experts who can be trusted to deliver results.
The 123 Dentist Network also chooses practices that are modern and comfortable in order to create a soothing and relaxing patient experience.
To “make the grade,” a member of 123Dentist.com’s Dentist Network must be more than skilled and certified. He or she must also be 100% committed to excellence, patient care, and professionalism. That way when patients use 123Dentist.com to find the ideal local dentist – they know they’re getting the very best.
Metroplex Dental were elected and pre-screened, meeting a set of high standards that cover everything from skill to attitude. We were also chosen to be a part of the 123 Dentist Network because we offer the latest solutions in the dental industry and we invest the time it takes to make sure our patients are comfortable, confident, informed and empowered.
Being a part of 123Dentist.com’s Dental Network is an excellent way for Metroplex Dental to reach out to our Burnaby, BC community and make our presence known to patients who are new to the neighborhood, seeking the latest in dentistry, or wanting a better dental experience.
Contact us to book an appointment and learn first hand what sets us apart from the rest!
The time has come to hit the beach, relax on outdoor patios, host backyard BBQ’s and get away on vacation to enjoy family fun in the sun. This is also a special time to celebrate love with picnics, strolls in the park and the romance of warm summer moonlit nights. Summer is here and so is the opportunity to get outdoors and experience the lifestyle we wait all year long for!
Nothing will complement your summer fun better than a sparkling smile care of your experts at Metroplex Dental. With summer weddings and family reunions on the horizon, you can dazzle your family and friends with a stunning smile that exudes confidence and joy.
Eat and drink whatever you want while soaking up the sun and we’ll do our part in keeping your smile white, bright and beautiful. All we ask in return is that you show it off every chance you get, and let your friends and family know the secret of your brilliant smile.
A gorgeous smile helps create happy memories and will ensure you look fabulous in family photos that will last a lifetime. Visit our Burnaby, BC dental clinic and tell us about your summer plans. We’ll ensure you have the winning smile to show off at every social opportunity this summer.
Call (604)451-1010 to speak to one of our team members about how we can help get your smile “summer ready”!