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Category: Hygiene

What is composite filling?
Category: Hygiene

Your Walnut Grove dentist at JVR Dental provides various cosmetic dentistry services such as composite fillings. Last month we answered some of the most common questions asked about dental sealants including how they work and how long they last. Another area of dentistry that the JVR Dental team frequently gets asked about is composite fillings. To help give everyone a better understanding of composite fillings work and when they are applicable, Dr. Leana and the cosmetic dentistry experts at JVR Dental have taken the time to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about them below:

What is a composite filling and why are they necessary?

Composite fillings are used as an alternative to amalgam fillings. They are constructed with a white plastic and glass mixture that makes them both aesthetically pleasing and less noticeable. JVR Dental specializes in composite fillings and recommends them when metal fillings need to be replaced or cavities need to be restored.

What is the difference between composite fillings and amalgam fillings?

One of the main differences between composite fillings and amalgam fillings is the presence of mercury which can be found in amalgam (metal) fillings. Since amalgam fillings are constructed with different types of metals, they do not blend in very well with other teeth and are much more noticeable. Composite fillings are white in colour which makes them far less noticeable. Although amalgam fillings generally last a couple of years longer than composite fillings, many patients prefer composite fillings because they are mercury-free and blend in better with other teeth.

What are the benefits of composite fillings?

As mentioned above, the main benefit of composite fillings is their natural appearance. Dr. Leana and the JVR Dental team ensure that each composite filling uses the best biocompatible materials and is free of any metals and mercury.

Do composite fillings hurt?

Unlike dental sealants, composite fillings may cause a bit of tooth sensitivity in the post-procedure recovery, depending on the individual and the condition of teeth. Thankfully, local anesthesia is applied in most situations which significantly helps to reduce the likelihood of pain during the composite filling process.

How long do composite fillings last?

On average, composite fillings last anywhere between 5-7 years assuming proper dental care and check-ups are completed. Although composite (white) fillings do not last as long as metal fillings, there are many health benefits that make them worthwhile. Your family dentist will be able to monitor the condition of your composite fillings and notify you when they need to be replaced. For more questions or information about composite fillings, please contact JVR Dental at 604-371-3138 or visit our website to fill out a form. We are located in Langley, BC and open Mondays through Thursdays. For appointments, please call our Langley office or visit our website to book and appointment online. Dr. Leana and the JVR Dental team specialize in a variety of dental services including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, pediatric dentistry and more.

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What is a dental sealant?
Category: Hygiene

Have you ever wondered what a dental sealant is? Many of us have heard of dental sealants although not everyone understands their primary purpose and function.

Dr. Leana and the JVR Dental team specialize in all types of general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry including dental sealants.  JVR Dental has been providing the Langley and Aldergrove communities with dental services for many years and is here to help answer the most commonly asked questions about dental sealants.

Why are dental sealants necessary?

Dental sealants are usually applied to teeth with deep pits and fissures on their biting surface. The deep pits and fissures make these teeth the most challenging to clean and protect from tooth decay and disease. Since these teeth are the most vulnerable and susceptible to tooth decay, a dental sealant acts as a smooth, flowable layer over the pits and fissures allowing it to be cleaned more easily.

How does a dental sealant work?

A dental sealant is a plastic coating applied to teeth with deep pits and fissures. This coating helps create a surface that is smooth and easy to clean with a toothbrush. The coating is only applied to back teeth that are frequently used for chewing.

Do dental sealants hurt?

Absolutely not. Dental sealants are a fast, simple, pain-free process in which a thin, plastic coating is brushed onto the teeth. Dental sealants do not require any freezing or pain relievers.

How long do dental sealants last?

On average, dental sealants can last up to 10 years. For the best results, it is important to schedule ongoing check-ups with a dentist to ensure that the dental sealants are kept in good shape. If, at any point, the dental sealant begins to wear, replacing it is a simple process.

Why do back teeth decay so easily?

Back teeth have deep fissures and pits which make them ideal for chewing. Because our back teeth are used primarily for chewing, they come into contact with food the most. These deep fissures and pits are challenging to reach with a toothbrush and are therefore more susceptible to tooth decay over time.

Are there other ways to prevent tooth decay?

The best way to prevent tooth decay is through a consistent brushing routine. When brushing, spend time getting your toothbrush into the deep fissures and pits of your back teeth. It is also important to rinse your mouth out after brushing. Booking regular dentist appointments and consulting with your family dentist can also help prevent tooth decay over time. Do you have more questions about dental sealants? For more information on dental sealants and other dental services in Langley, contact JVR Dental through our website or give us a call at 604-371-3138. JVR Dental offers many different types of dental services including dental cleaning, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry and child dentistry. For appointments, please call us at our Langley office or book an appointment through our website.

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Building good dental hygiene habits for children
Category: Hygiene

Any parent will testify about how challenging it can be to get children excited about the importance of good dental hygiene.

Simply reminding a child to brush and floss before bed can be an uphill battle in its own right. So how do you build good dental hygiene habits for children that will carry on throughout their lives? Dr. Leana Lundt and the JVR Dental team have been practicing pediatric dentistry for many years and suggest using the following 5 tips for building healthy dental hygiene habits:

Begin early

The earlier you begin teaching your children about the importance of good dental hygiene, the better it will resonate with them throughout adolescence. Make a habit out of daily brushing and flossing with them so that it eventually becomes second nature to them and part of the daily routine.

Let them pick out their own toothbrush and toothpaste

By allowing your children to help select their own toothbrush and toothpaste, you’re giving them a more important role in the dental hygiene department which can help get them excited about building good dental hygiene habits.

Try using an electric toothbrush

Nowadays, there are many affordable electric toothbrush options for both adults and children. If you’re desperate for means in which to get your children excited pediatric dentistry and brushing their teeth, introducing an electric toothbrush into the routine can help.

Make dental checkups fun

Certainly we’re not suggesting that this is an easy task, but with a little bit of creativity, you can get your children excited about visits to the dentist. If your dentist gives out prizes at the end of each checkup, remind your children about this. You can also choose to reward your children after trips to the dentist with things like movie rentals, books or their favourite meal (at least 30 minutes after their cleaning of course).

Educate them on the benefits of good dental hygiene habits

More than anything else, it is important to continually educate your children about good dental hygiene and why it’s important to them both now and in the future. Healthy brushing and flossing habits won’t last long if children don’t understand their relevancy. Talk to your children about both proper and improper oral health care so that they understand the benefits and consequences of each. If you have any questions about pediatric dentistry and building good dental hygiene habits for children, contact Dr. Leana Lundt and the JVR Dental team. We are happy to answer all of your questions. Please contact us through our website or give us a call at 604-371-3138. For appointments, either give us a call or request one online. We offer many different dental services throughout Langley and Aldergrove.

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The Importance of Flossing
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There has recently been some stir surrounding the importance of flossing and whether or not it is still relevant and recommended by dentists today.

At JVR Dental, we have been practicing dentistry for several years now and we are exceptionally passionate about oral health care; therefore, we want to clarify the misconception regarding flossing and justify why it is such an important routine that should be done on a regular basis. In case you were having any doubts, here are four reasons why flossing is still crucial to your oral health.

Plaque removal

When it comes to plaque removal, you cannot solely rely on your toothbrush to do get the job done right. No matter how detailed and thorough you may be, your toothbrush’s plaque removing capabilities will always be hindered by its inability to get directly in between your teeth. That’s where floss comes in. Floss is able to penetrate plaque in areas that your toothbrush can’t. For the best results in plaque prevention, combine brushing with flossing on a daily basis.

Strong gums

Not only do our gums play an integral role in our oral health, they have also been known to impact our body’s overall health. Flossing on a regular basis helps strengthen our gums, therefore heightening their ability to fight bacteria, infections, and diseases.

It helps fight oral diseases

One of the easiest ways to prevent oral disease is through ongoing flossing. Without flossing, food particles get trapped between our teeth and inside our gums which can lead to diseases such as gingivitis. If untreated, gingivitis can lead to further oral health care problems including tooth decay and eventual tooth loss. If you plan on keeping your teeth throughout your lifespan, it’s recommended that you make a routine habit out of flossing.

Your teeth look and feel better

If the prevention of oral disease and bacteria isn’t reason enough to floss on a regular basis, at least consider the social benefits associated with flossing. No one likes talking to someone who hasn’t flossed in weeks. It’s impossible to concentrate on keeping up a conversation when someone has infinite amounts of food particles scattered throughout their teeth and gums. Similarly, there’s nothing worse than getting a piece of food trapped between your teeth. When it comes to flossing, everyone wins. If you have any further questions about the importance of flossing or other dental services, please contact the Langley dental experts at JVR Dental. We would be happy to help answer any questions you may have. Book an appointment by giving us a call at 604-371-3138.

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The Importance of Regular Dentist Appointments
Category: Hygiene

When it comes to maintaining your oral health, there are truly no short cuts.

While everyday brushing and flossing assists in a healthy smile, a visit to your Langley Dentist at least twice a year will significantly contribute to your overall health as well good oral hygiene. There are two practices followed in a regular dental appointment; an extensive check-up and a thorough cleaning.

Dental Hygiene Check Ups

A regular oral check-up, which should take place every 6 months, is critical and if not done thoroughly, detection of trouble will go unseen. Tooth decay, cavities, swelling gums, and bacteria build up can all occur in a short amount of time, which can lead to serious oral diseases and even cancer. A regular visit to your family dentist can help you to detect these problems ahead of time. Oral diseases are not always detected from an exam of the inside the mouth. An overall check up of the head, neck and face are all included for early detection practices.

Oral Cleaning

Plaque and tartar have a way to climb into those hard to reach places that can’t be seen or accessed without the use of professional dental equipment and tools. Scaling and polishing with a gritty paste by your dentist or dental hygienist can remove any build up. A good flossing will also take place as part of the cleaning. Build up of plaque and tartar will lead to bacteria and potential for more serious trouble. Regular routine cleanings and overall good healthy dental hygiene will also help prevent serious dental expenses in the long run. Overall good health and dental hygiene is what we strive to help you and your children achieve. We’ll be happy to schedule your appointments in advance and offer convenient reminders so you don’t have to worry. To have one of our friendly receptionists book your next appointment call JVR Dental at 604-371-3138 or book online.

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Dental Care Tips for Children
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A great way to prevent tooth decay in children is to get them excited about their own dental hygiene. As adults, it is up to us to set the daily habits and teach our children how to care for their teeth. If we keep it exciting and make it a regular part of our everyday life, then children will too. Children should be brought to the dentist for their first visit when they are babies - between 6 months and one year old. If we can make an impact when they are young, it will benefit them their whole life through.

Good Dental Hygiene Habits for Children

So what are some ways to help our children set healthy dental hygiene habits?
  • A few days after your baby is born, begin by gently wiping their gums with a soft cloth or moist gauze.
  • For children under 3, gently brush their teeth with a soft toothbrush twice a day.
  • Be sure to brush your child's teeth gently using short strokes over the front, back and tops of teeth.
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride to help fight tooth decay. Only use a smear of toothpaste for children under 3 and then just a pea sized dollop for children older than 3.
  • When your child has two teeth that touch, start to floss on a daily basis.
  • Limit your child's intake of sugar.
  • Promote healthy eating of crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples and carrots.
  • Promote the drinking of fluoridated water.
  • Talk about your visits to the dentist calmly and positively.
  • Take care of your own teeth and be an example to your children of good dental hygiene.
Start your kids on the road to good dental habits by practicing these tips every day and help them feel empowered about keeping their own teeth and gums healthy. To set up your child's first appointment call JVR Dental at 607-371-3138 or book online.

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What is calculus and why is it bad for you?
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How does plaque form?

Walnut Grove Dentist Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth when starches and sugar interact with the normal bacteria found in your mouth. This is a fast process and plaque can form within 24 hours if it is not removed by brushing your teeth. At JVR Dental in Walnut Grove, we understand how important your oral health is. That is why we helped answer some common questions about calculus build up and plaque.

How does calculus form?

When plaque stays on your teeth for 2-3 days, it hardens and mineralize to form calculus (tartar) on your teeth. A high mineral content of your saliva will also increase calculus formation. This hard layer, calculus, will create a protective shield for bacteria on the teeth. The bacteria in the mouth releases acids which will break down your tooth enamel and lead to cavities and tooth decay. If calculus is not removed it will irritate your gums and over time causes gum disease (gingivitis). Studies have also shown that bacteria in gum disease may contribute to heart disease and other conditions.

How can you control calculus build up?

  • Brush twice a day.
  • Use a toothbrush with soft bristles or an electric toothbrush
  • Use a tartar-control toothpaste with fluoride.
  • Floss
  • Eat healthy, limit the amount of sugar you eat.
  • Drink lots of water.
  • Don’t smoke.
Because calculus is hard, it can be difficult to brush and floss your teeth effectively and you will need a profession dental cleaning at your dental office. If you would like to learn more about calculus build up and how to prevent it, please contact JVR Dental in Walnut Grove at 604-371-3138.

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What is gum disease?
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Gingivitis and gum disease

Gingivitis is a common form of early stage gum disease.

It is inflammation of the gum that causes redness, swelling, bleeding, irritation and bad breath. Gingivitis can be mild and you might not even be aware that you have the problem. If gingivitis is not treated it can progress to a more serious condition known as periodontitis. Periodontitis affects the gums and the underlying bone and you can end up with bone loss, receding gums and eventually tooth loss. At JVR Dental in Walnut Grove, we understand how important your oral health care is. That is why we have put together this simple guide on gum disease, gingivitis, plaque and tartar.

Main cause of gingivitis

The main cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene which causes plaque to build up on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth when starches and sugar interact with the normal bacteria found in your mouth. This is a fast process and plaque can form within 24 hours if it is not removed by brushing your teeth.

Plaque and tartar

When plaque stays on your teeth for 2-3 days, it hardens to form calculus (tartar) on your teeth. A high mineral content of your saliva will also contribute to calculus formation. This hard layer will create a protective shield for bacteria on the teeth and make it more difficult to remove than plaque that forms on it. Because it is hard, you will not be able to brush it off and needs a profession cleaning at your dental office.

Steps to help prevent gingivitis:

  1. Brush twice a day with an electrical toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Floss daily.
  3. Use a mouth rinse.
  4. Remember to see your dentist every 6 months for a professional cleaning and exam. Your dentist may suggest more cleanings if necessary.
If you would like to learn more about gum disease prevention, gingivitis and plaque, please book an appointment today with your Walnut Grove dentist.

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How to get rid of bad breath: common causes & treatments
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Halitosis, better known as severe bad breath, can cause an embarrassing social problem, but it can also be a sign of an underlying medical problem.

Severe bad breath can have a variety of causes and it is important to try and identify the cause in order to get effective treatments. At JVR Dental in Walnut Grove, we know how important your oral health care is. That is why we have put together a list of some of the more popular causes for bad breath.

What causes bad breath?

Dry mouth

Saliva usually washes away excess food particles and bacteria that build up on teeth. If you don’t have enough saliva to do this you will definitely suffer from an unpleasant smell. Common causes of decrease saliva are:
  • Morning breath, your saliva production decreases when you sleep
  • Hungry or thirsty, when you dehydrate, you don't have enough saliva
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Using multiple medications
Products specifically for dry mouth like Biotene, can be used to help prevent bad breath in these cases.

Not flossing

Flossing removes food particles and bacteria that get caught between your teeth to cause bad breath. Good oral hygiene, including flossing, is one of the easiest ways to treat bad breath.

Smoking

Using tobacco products will most certainly cause a bad breath and treatment would be to stop smoking when you are ready. Talk to your doctor for advice and support.

Dental cavities

If you have a cavity, it is the perfect place for food to get stuck and bacteria to build up.

Gum disease

If your are suffering from gingivitis, a bad breath will definitely be one of the signs you are suffering from. This is caused by bacterial build up between your teeth and the gums. A good oral cleaning from your dental practice is the best treatment.

Eating habits

Some foods, such as garlic, may cause temporary bad breath with no quick fixes. Garlic gets absorbed into your bloodstream and the odor remains until your body has process the food.

Dieting

Chewing food increase saliva production, so when you are skipping meals or dieting, you can develop bad breath. A diet low in carbohydrates or any restrictive diet may increase your chances of bad breath. It is always good to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated and to help maintain a good level of saliva in your mouth.

Infections

If your dentist has ruled out any oral problems that might cause a chronic bad breath, it is best to see you doctor for an evaluation too. This may indicate infection somewhere else in your body and can be a sign of a range of conditions like diabetes, strep throat, tonsilitis, respiratory tract infections, bronchitis, chronic sinusitis, HIV, digestive system ailments such as reflux or liver and kidney problems. Good oral hygiene stays the best way to improve bad breath. It it important to brush your teeth, tongue, gums and roof of your mouth twice a day with daily flossing and an anti-bacterial mouth rinse. If you would like to more about oral hygiene and how to prevent bad breath, please contact JVR Dental in Walnut Grove at 604-371-3138.

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The ultimate toothpaste guide
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How do you choose the best toothpaste?

There are so many different types of toothpaste, that it can be confusing to pick the right one for you and your family.

You have to like it, because you have to use it twice a day, everyday. At JVR Dental in Walnut Grove, we understand the positive impact that choosing the proper toothpaste can have on your oral health. Below is some helpful information about the main differences between toothpastes, the unique benefits of each and what type to use for which teeth and needs.

1. Fluoride toothpaste

Fluoride is the most important ingredient when you choose a toothpaste and protects your teeth from the acid that is released by bacteria in your mouth. Benefits of fluoride:
  • Strengthens you tooth enamel and decrease acid damage
  • Can remineralize early decayed areas due to acid damage

2. Antimicrobial toothpaste

Usually contains stannous fluoride which is an antibacterial agent. Benefits
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti-cavity
  • Helps with sensitivity

3. Tartar control toothpaste

Tartar is a deposit that forms on your teeth and under your gums, if plaque is not removed promptly and completely. Chemical compounds, including sodium pyrophosphate, sodium hexametaphosphate and zinc citrate helps to prevent tartar from forming on teeth. Sometimes an antibiotic, Triclosan, are also added to kill some of the bacteria in the mouth. Benefits:
  • Prevent tartar to form on teeth
  • Prevent staining

4. Whitening toothpaste

Usually contains chemical or abrasive particles that helps to remove and prevent stains from forming on teeth and over time teeth would appear whiter. Benefits:
  • Prevent staining
  • Remove stains

5. Sensitive toothpaste

If your teeth are over sensitive for heat and cold, it is best to use a toothpaste specifically for sensitive teeth. It usually contains potassium nitrate or strontium chloride and can take up to 4 weeks to offer relief. It works by blocking pathways through the teeth that attaches to the nerves inside the teeth. Benefits:
  • Decrease sensitivity
If you would like to learn more bout the different toothpaste options available or how to go about choosing the proper toothpaste for your teeth, please contact JVR Dental in Walnut Grove at 604-371-3138.

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