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Bruxism or tooth grinding can cause severe damage to the oral cavity and others in relation when left untreated. Some people even clench or grind their teeth unknowingly when they are tensed or stressed. Because of this, many wonder how their bruxism can be prevented. Generally, the most suitable solution to bruxism are nightguards.
Nightguards can help you stop grinding or clenching your teeth.You can wear a nightguard during sleep or even in the morning. When your teeth are protected, there will also be lesser risk for headaches and lesser risk for discomfort. What’s great about nightguards is that a nightguard can immediately protect your teeth from the damage which can occur from clenching and grinding. It can also help you avoid chipping, fractures, excessive wear and even losing your teeth. Some patients have even reported less snoring with a nightguard!
There is no limitat on when and how long you can use a nightguard as long as you clean it properly and often. For some, it is advised to be worn no longer than 12 hours in any 24-hour period. Your dentist at AARK Dental Centre can help you determine how often you need to wear a nightguard.
Contact AARK Dental Centre if you have any more questions about nightguards or if you would like to book a consultation/fitting.
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 Aark Dental @ Coquitlam Centre 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.
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 Aark Dental @ Coquitlam Centre to learn more about preventing cavities, please click here.
“Why should I floss?” is a frequent question asked by many patients at Aark Dental @ Coquitlam Centre. In fact, flossing is one of the most important habits in any good oral health routine. Dental floss helps remove any food particles trapped between the teeth and lowers your chances of plaque build-up.
Despite the fact that most patients understand the answer to “Why Should I Floss”, there is still a lot of confusion surrounding the proper techniques on how to floss.
It is important to carry out flossing as a part of your regular oral hygiene routine; brushing alone is not enough to remove all the food particles and regular flossing ensures that there is no buildup of plaque on the teeth. Plaque buildup can lead to gum disease, gingivitis or periodontitis. Dental floss can be flavoured or unflavoured, waxed or unwaxed. Talk to a hygienist at Aark Dental @ Coquitlam Centre if you’re not sure which dental floss is right for you.
If you are not sure of the right way to use dental floss or if you are still wondering “Why Should I Floss?”, then contact Aark Dental @ Coquitlam Centre or come for a consultation to learn how to floss correctly. Here are a few starter tips:
1. Floss must be held taut and guided between each tooth and also under the gums to ensure that all food particles and plaque are removed. However, be sure the floss doesn’t scrape too much on the gums or it could cause gum bleeding. It is also important to change the strip of floss for each tooth to ensure that bacteria are not transmitted from one to the other.
2. It is important to buy dental floss that’s the right thickness. Floss that’s too thick or thin won’t give you the best cleaning.
3. Use dental floss every day after brushing, preferably before bedtime, as an effective precaution against gum disease, halitosis and dental cavities. Dental floss also helps to reduce the incidence of harmful bacteria in the mouth and hence lessens the risk of associated heart disease.
4. If you generally consume a lot of meat, you’ll want to floss at least once a day to remove the fibres that can get stuck between your teeth and cause cavities and gum disease.
You might notice bleeding the very first time after using dental floss, but this is normal and stops after the first few times. Regular bleeding, on the other hand, isn’t a good sign and you should consult an oral health professional at Aark Dental @ Coquitlam Centre to ensure that you are using dental floss correctly.
X-rays are essential to a person’s oral health, and at Aark Dental Centre at Coquitlam Centre we want to ensure that people are getting regular X-rays for their teeth.
So what is the big deal about getting X-rays? X-ray exams reveal the state of your teeth, and the composition of the bones in your face. They are also able to spot gum disease and abnormal growths (including cysts and tumors). X-rays can also locate where impacted and unerupted teeth are, and can find cavities or disease that a simple checkup couldn’t.
X-rays for dental patients at Aark Dental Centre at Coquitlam Centre can be vital for maintaining oral health. For most patients, they will receive a full set of mouth X-rays to determine the state of their oral health. Patients may need to follow up so we can analyze the condition of their gums or their odds of tooth decay.
Our patients’ health is important to us, so schedule an appointment at Aark Dental Centre at Coquitlam Centre today to book your X-ray.
Your children’s oral health is important, and keeping teeth and gums healthy is crucial on so many levels. Recently, experts have discovered that children’s teeth might be able to help treat Parkinson’s disease and diabetes because of stem cells located in the pulp chambers of the teeth. Clearly, your child’s teeth are vitally important and the dental team at Aark Dental Centre at Coquitlam Centre want to make sure your children’s oral health care is top notch.
Practicing proper oral health care
If you’re wondering when the right time is to start brushing your baby’s teeth, we have some tips for you. Regular dental cleanings should be done after your baby has their teeth. After you have breastfed or bottle-fed your baby, take a damp washcloth and softly rub your baby’s gums. To make cleaning easier, you can wrap the cloth around one of your fingers to remove all those food scraps from your baby’s mouth.
As soon as your baby’s first tooth comes, a baby toothbrush will be needed. You can easily find special children’s oral health care toothbrushes at your local drugstore. These brushes are gentle and have only a few bristles. You don’t have to worry about buying toothpaste, you’ll only need water to clean your child’s teeth.
Children’s oral health care experts have determined that when more teeth start to come in, that’s when toothpaste becomes necessary. You will only need a very small amount and be sure that there is no fluoride in the toothpaste for the first few years. A great exercise is to have your child pretend to spit out toothpaste after brushing – then they will have already formed good habits when it comes time to use fluoride toothpaste which is hazardous when swallowed.
For more questions or concerns about proper children’s oral health or your baby’s teeth, call or visit us at Aark Dental Centre at Coquitlam Centre.
Sometimes due to fear, laziness or anxiety, patients tend to “forget” about booking a regular dental cleaning or checkup at their local, friendly dental clinic. In order to encourage you to schedule your next checkup and cleaning at Aark Dental now, here’s a few good reasons why regular dental visits are so important:
|“Patients who visit the dentist regularly are much less likely to need major procedures such as root canals, gum grafts and tooth extraction.”|
1. Avoid Painful Procedures: Patients who visit the dentist regularly are much less likely to need major procedures such as root canals, gum grafts and tooth extraction. This means that patients are saving money, avoiding painful dental procedures and staying healthy!
2. Beautiful Smiles: A good looking smile starts with healthy teeth, and regular checkups and cleanings at Aark Dental will keep you looking your best. A professional cleaning can also help remove stains on your teeth, giving them a healthy shine that will impress everyone you meet.
3. Detect oral cancer early: One of the deadliest cancers, but easiest to diagnose, is oral cancer. At our Coquitlam dental clinic, we have invested in the VELscope exam system, which works to detect cancer at the earliest stages.
4. Good example for your kids: If you have children who look up to you, make sure you practice good oral hygiene habits. Make dental checkups a priority in life, allowing for a future full of healthy smiles.
5. Reduce gum disease: Many adults will eventually get some type of periodontal disease, a leading cause of tooth loss. Luckily, gum disease can easily be treated or reversed, but only if your oral health is checked closely by the team at Aark Dental.
For more information on maintaining good oral health, or to book a dental cleaning and checkup, contact us today!
The wonders of modern dental technology are simply astounding. At our dental clinic in Coquitlam, we have invested in a variety of dental technology that helps to dramatically enhance your smile. One great dental tool is The Cosmetic Imager, which shows you pictures of your smile after treatment, and the Intraoral Camera. Both devices are great ways for you to see your new smile.
The Cosmetic Imager gives you an idea of what your appearance would be like if you replaced your actual smile with one created by the dentistry team at Aark Dental at Coquitlam Centre. The process works as follows:
– The dentist will take a photo of you from the neck up and then put it onto the computer screen.
– Then the dentist corrects your tooth problems, and this is all possible without you even opening your month.
– The last step is a rough idea, predicting how your smile will look. This is the photo the dentist simulates that you can take a look at. You can then discuss with the dental team at Aark Dental about your customized treatment options for realizing your ideal smile.
Patients should be careful about bringing in a picture of a famous person whose smile they want for themselves. They may not have a smile that will truly highlight your features based on face shape and bone structure. Everyone’s smile is unique and should stay that way. A picture of a famous person, however, has one good purpose which is to serve as good start for examining your smile. You can identify what qualities you like about that person’s smile and what you dislike about your own.
The Intraoral Camera System takes real photos of your mouth. These photos can give patients a deeper look of their teeth, making it easy to understand what’s happening and why oral health is important.
Furthermore, pictures from the Intraoral Camera System can help with dental claims. You will now be able to provide your dental insurance company with a lot of detailed information and they can make a decision from these pictures.
The Cosmetic Imager and the Intraoral Camera ensure that each dental appointment is informative and effective. You will be able to inquire in a more meaningful way, which leads to making better decisions about yourself.
Contact us at Aark Dental in Coquitlam Centre and we can answer any questions you might have about the latest dental technology for your smile.
As a show of support for community and the future of dentistry, Dr. Khozema and Dr. Rokshana Chherawala recently sponsored a Conference Room and an Operatory Room at the University of British Columbia.
The Conference Room is intended to foster education and patient-focused learning at UBC while the Operatory room is designed to allow students to explore the latest in dental techniques and technologies in a prestigious learning environment at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Dentistry.
The Drs. Chherawala dedicate the Operatory to their hardworking and dedicated staff members at ValleyFair Dental Centre, Maple Place Dental Centre, AARK Dental Centre and Lougheed Mall Dental Group:
The Drs. Chherawala value community – and improving the lives of others through healthy smiles and are incredibly proud to support the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Dentistry and the next generation of dentists.
Drs. Chherawala and Family Unveil Conference Room Plaque
For more photos of the event, please visit our official Facebook page.
For a patient-focused experience at your dentist, contact AARK Dental and book your appointment.
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 Aark Dental @ Coquitlam Centre certainly don’t believe going to the dentist is a terrifying ordeal for any of our patients. But don’t just take our word for it! Check out some of our testimonials.
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 pain-free experience. Extractions, root canals and even routine cleanings are now the most efficient 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 Aark Dental @ Coquitlam Centre and finally “feel like you’re on cloud 9” when you’re going to the dentist.
We are pleased to announce that we are now open. Please call or email us if you require an appointment.
With that in mind, we wanted to let you know that we have put proper protocols in place and have access to personal protective equipment for all our staff to serve you in a safe and healthy environment.
As healthcare professionals, dental offices are some of the most prepared to keep patients safe as we re-open – as we already follow strict infection control procedures in our regular practice.
Your AARK Dental Team