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FLOSSING

Used Dental Floss Magnified
Magnified image of used dental floss.
Photo credit: Steve Gschmeissner/Science Photo Library 

The British Columbia Dental Association encourages patients to remove plaque and food from all surfaces of their teeth on a daily basis as an effective way to reduce their risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

Careful daily brushing and flossing above and below the gum line along with limiting high sugar food and drinks remain simple but important steps to maintain your oral and overall health.

Brushing alone only cleans about two-thirds of your teeth. Daily flossing removes food debris and plaque between the teeth as well as prevents plaque from forming at the gum line. If plaque is left on the teeth it will eventually harden into tartar. Tartar can only be removed through a professional cleaning. Plaque and tartar build up can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

Add flossing to your daily dental routine to prevent disease and enjoy better dental health. It's never too late to start.

YouTube/YourDentalHealth: Why Should I Floss? Dr. Bruce Ward demonstrates the benefits of daily flossing

Flossing tips:

  • While flossing before bedtime is preferred, the most important thing you can do is to floss at least once a day. Find a time that works for you and that you can maintain as part of your daily routine.
  • Your gums may bleed when you first start to floss. It may take a few days but with regular flossing this should stop. If bleeding persists after a week or two, speak to your dentist.
  • Be gentle. Gently move the floss between and around your teeth to avoid damaging your gums.
  • Floss between all your teeth and behind your back teeth.
  • Ask your dentist for flossing tips and talk to your dentist about the different flossing options available such as a floss holders, dental tape, water flossers or interproximal brushes.

Don't wait until it's too late!

September 01, 2012 | Posted Preventive

Don’t wait until it’s too late! After all, if you can’t afford prevention, how will you ever afford disease?

Dr. Derek Clease, Vancouver Dental Spa, 805 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC  604-879-7366

Everyone is familiar with the benefits of Botox® to look better, and now this same treatment can help you feel better as well. A limited number of dentists, including those at the Vancouver Dental Spa, are now certified to use Botox® as an effective solution for the effects of jaw tension, migraines and TMJ disorder.

Stress, fatigue, and even depression have been linked to jaw muscle tension. Sleep can be disrupted. Grinding and clenching cause severe physical discomfort, damage to the teeth, which can also be painful and costly to remedy. Another risk associated with overly tense jaw muscles is damage to the actual temporomandibular joint. Physicians tend to rely on bruxism treatments such as anti-anxiety medications, and physical therapy to provide patients with relief. While some patients did enjoy moderate success with these solutions, they do not effectively treat the true source of the patients’ discomfort—tense jaw muscles.

Botox® treatment for TMJ is a simple, non-surgical procedure where the reconstituted protein is injected into specific muscles in the head and neck area blocking nerve impulses to the affected muscles, putting an almost immediate end to patients’ tension troubles. Botox® injections target only the problematic muscles, so jaw function is uncompromised.

It is reasonable for the treatment procedure to be completed within 10-30 minutes.  In a recent study conducted by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, two-thirds of patients found Botox® therapy curative of their TMJ symptoms after only one session.Some patients find that the troublesome muscles begin to atrophy after a few sessions, so injections can be performed increasingly less often and may eventually become unnecessary.

If you suffer from jaw tension or jaw pain and are tired of “solutions” that aren’t really solutions at all, contact the dentist at the Vancouver Dental Spa today and ask about Botox therapy. This could very well be the relief you have been looking for!

(Botox treatments are not the solution for everyone. Your dentist will perform a thorough examination to determine the best treatment for your condition and symptoms. Other treatments include mouthguards/ nightguards/NTIs, exercise therapy,  and/or bite therapy.)

Dr. Derek Clease practices at the Vancouver Dental Spa,
1801-805 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC
(604) 879-7366  
www.vancouverdentalspa.com