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Advantages of Flossing Every Day - Coquitlam Dentist

Advantages of Flossing Every Day

Did you know that the inventor of dental floss believed that flossing is the most important part of oral care? It’s true. Dental floss was invented in 1851 by a New Orleans dentist named Levi Parmly.

The theory is that the matter between the teeth is the actual source of dental disease. Flossing will clean the area between the teeth, thus preventing plaque buildup that can possible lead to cavities and gum disease. Importantly, it is recommended that teeth are flossed prior to tooth brushing, because then the fluoride from the toothpaste can access the area between the teeth.

Of course, flossing provides obvious benefit of having a nice clean smile and fresh breath! The self-confidence a clean and health smile can bring is priceless. As well, good oral care habits will help to prevent costly dental procedures down the road.

Read more of our posts on Tips for Oral Health. Or, to learn more about the advantages of flossing every day come on in and see us at our dentist office in Coquitlam, BC! We offer flexible hours we even have evening and weekend dental appointments available.

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Getting Your Teeth Cleaned Every 6 Months, Teeth Cleaning Importance - Coquitlam Dentist

Getting Your Teeth Cleaned Every 6 Months

Health and beauty are often closely tied together. In the case of regular teeth cleaning, both can be improved by getting your teeth cleaned.

Getting Your Teeth Cleaned:

Even for those of us that do floss daily, and many don’t, a cleaning at the dentist office every 6 months is recommended because it will remove the remaining, difficult to remove plaque and tartar buildup. The goal of these cleanings is to prevent dental diseases and cavities. Also, the cleaning will result in teeth that both look and feel nice and smooth and clean!

What Happens During a Dental Cleaning:

During the cleaning, the dentist will check your teeth and gums and may offer services or suggest follow up treatments and offer information. Even minor things like brushing too hard can cause problems like gum irritation; your dentist or hygienist can often catch this and offer instruction on proper brushing. X-rays may be taken, fluoride treatment, discussions around stain removal or teeth whitening or referrals to any specialists needed can all occur during a teeth cleaning. All of these surrounding services are also of great importance.

So, not only does regular teeth cleaning help to keep your teeth beautiful and clean and also aid in disease and cavity prevention, but many more valuable services and information may be offered during the cleaning appointment.

Regular teeth cleaning is important, book your appointment with one of our dentists at the Austin Station Dental office today.

Suite 20-2662 Austin Ave. Coquitlam, BC V3K 6V4 (Austin Station, 3rd floor, above Thrifty Foods) FREE PARKING
Phone: 604 931 6111 Fax: 604 931 2155
E: info@mycoquitlamdentist.com

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VELscope Oral Cancer Screening in Coquitlam, dentist in coquitlam

VELscope Oral Cancer Screening in Coquitlam

Austin Station Dental has a screening device called the VELscope  which is the latest in technology for detecting oral diseases including cancer and pre-cancer.

It is safe, non-invasive and takes only a few minutes for the exam, which can be done during your regular dental checkup. The VELscope uses a harmless bright blue light that will cause healthy tissue in the mouth to fluoresce in different patterns than tissue that has disease or trauma.

Early detection for oral cancer is critical of course, with the statistics reflecting a much higher survival rate for early detections as well as less invasive treatment required at that stage.

The VELscope is approved by Health Canada and the World Health Organization and is used in 23 countries around the world.

We are happy to provide this service to new and existing patients. VELscope screening is also available at London Drugs in Coquitlam at 9855 Austin Ave. and at some locations in Vancouver – as specified in The Province, which also mentions that about 500 BC residents are diagnosed each year with oral cancer.

If you’d like to book a VELscope screening with your next appointment, please contact us.

For more info, see our Services page on Oral Cancer Screening in Coquitlam.

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Teeth Whitening at the Dentists Office

Fast Facts: Teeth Whitening at the Dentists Office

Many people notice that teeth may darken over time and wonder how to whiten their teeth. There are several options available that vary in treatment length, treatment location and cost.

Austin Station Dental in Coquitlam, BC offers teeth whitening at the dentists office as well as take-home kits as well as the combination of in-office and take home of Pola Whitening. The dental office procedures usually provide much faster results than in-home whitening products but are, of course, more expensive. After the whitening is completed, the results can last for several months or more. Factors such as coffee and red wine consumption or smoking can hasten discoloration. At-home maintenance can be done to make the results last.

The most inexpensive teeth whitening option is Crest White Strips, which is a completely at-home treatment and can be purchased at most any pharmacy or drug store.

The next option is Pola Whitening which combines an office visit to get the impressions for the custom dental trays and then treatments at home by the patient themselves following our instructions.

We also offer in-office teeth whitening, more expensive but much faster results than the other two options. The in-office treatment costs about $500 and gives instant results.
Teeth will dull again over time and maintenance is usually recommended to be done about every 6 months. With the at home treatment, just use the trays a couple of days in a row every 4-6 months or so.

Tooth whitening products are capable of altering the color of the teeth themselves but people with crowns, root canals, cavities or very dark stains should consult with a dentist to determine if they are a good candidate for teeth whitening.

Contact Austin Station Dental if you are interested in teeth whitening in Coquitlam. Book a consultation specifically for teeth whitening or bring it up at your next dental appointment. We can discuss what options would work best for you and also if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening.

For more quick facts on keeping your smile healthy and beautiful, see our posts on The Advantages of Flossing Everyday and Getting Your Teeth Cleaned Every 6 Months.

 

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Invisalign Before and After - Coquitlam Dentist

What is Invisalign? & Invisalign Before and After

What is Invisalign?

Here it is direct from the Invisalign website. This explanation is clear, concise, and to the point. It also includes information on what the process involves:

Invisalign straightens teeth using a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that are custom-made specifically for your teeth. As you replace each aligner every two weeks, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week, gradually moving towards the projected final position. Comfortable, clear and removable, Invisalign transforms your smile without disrupting your life. Something that over 3 million people worldwide have already discovered.

Invisalign Before and After Images

Look at this link to see some real life cases of Invisalign before and after photos on the Invisalign site.

If Invisalign interests you, contact us today at 604-931-6111 to book an appointment!

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