Thank you to all of our new patients and patients who referred someone to Academy Dental. With your help, we’ve raised nearly $1000 for the BC SPCA and animals in needs!
Happy holidays, and thank you again for sharing your smile with Academy Dental and the BC SPCA.
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For most people, sitting in the dentist’s chair is one of their worst fears. Individuals of all ages get cold feet at the thought of having a dental appointment. In fact, seeing a dentist chair is enough to make them go running in the other direction! If that could be you, have you consider sedation dentistry yet?
Sedation dentistry may be the answer to your dental phobia, by making use of medications that can help you to “relax” while undergoing dental procedures such as a root canal or even routine hygiene exams. Thanks to sedation dentistry, patients such as yourself no longer have to deal with all the stress and fear a visit to the dentist might cause.
With sedation dentistry, you don’t have to deal with the fear of sitting in the dentist chair, and you can enjoy the dream-like experience of sedation dentistry. If you’re wondering whether you’re a good candidate for sedation dentistry or whether sedation dentistry is the right choice for you, contact Academy Dental for a consultation and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and make recommendations for your dental anxiety.
Pregnancy is perhaps the most memorable nine months in a woman’s life. It is a life-changing journey, and women experience so much during these rigorous nine months. With so much happening to you, you certainly have a lot of things going on your mind. However, it is important to remember that you shouldn’t neglect your oral health as pregnancy and oral health go hand in hand; oral health care plays a vital role in having a healthy pregnancy.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can take their toll on your oral health. For example, some women develop what is known as “pregnancy gingivitis”. This happens when plaque builds up on the teeth, causing the gums to irritate, and sometimes bleed. In order to prevent pregnancy gingivitis, always keep your teeth clean and pay particular attention below your gumline. Also, lessen your intake of sweets and go for dairy products, fruits and vegetables, as these have been proven to be good for your teeth.
We also advise you to visit your dentist during your pregnancy. It is best to schedule dental appointments during the start of your pregnancy to the sixth month-mark of your pregnancy, as the most crucial stages of your child’s development happen during the first and second trimesters. Before undergoing any dental procedure, inform your dentist that you are pregnant. This way, we can help make you more comfortable during your treatment, and please share any concerns you might have with our team.
Never underestimate the importance of proper health care. Always make sure you use a good toothbrush and toothpaste when brushing your teeth. When in doubt, ask someone at Academy Dental for the proper way of flossing and brushing. Remember that proper oral health cares makes for a healthy, happy pregnancy.
You have heard the benefits of having good oral hygiene. Talk to any dentist, and they will tell you that in order to maintain good oral health, it must start with a good toothbrush. This will lead to the all-important question: which is better, a traditional toothbrush, or an electric toothbrush? Most dentists would highly recommend the electric toothbrush as they believe that an electric toothbrush can clean your teeth and remove any harmful plaque better than a conventional toothbrush.
An electric toothbrush has the advantage of cleaning your teeth more thoroughly and evenly than a manual toothbrush. An electric toothbrush’s bristles have the ability to remove plaque, and are able to get into those hard to reach areas, such as below the gum line, to give you a great clean. With a traditional toothbrush, your brushing ability can be quite limited, and the more superior design of the electric toothbrush may help you improve your oral health care results.
When brushing your teeth, there is such a thing as over-brushing. In fact, over-brushing can do more harm than good, leading you to injure your gums. Brushing your teeth too hard can also cause you to strip enamel off your teeth. Now, thanks to the help of the electric toothbrush, there is no such thing as brushing your teeth too hard since electric toothbrushes practically do the brushing for you.
Having an electric toothbrush can help you brush the right amount of time. Did you know you should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes at a time? Some electric toothbrushes come equipped with a timer, so you can always know that you are right on time when it comes to brushing!
In the long run, electric toothbrush tend to be more cost effective than a traditional toothbrush. Dentists recommend that you change your toothbrush every three months as bacteria tends to fester on the bristles by then. Buying the starter set of an electric toothbrush can be pricey, but since you don’t have to change the heads as often, these could be more cost effective. Many people also consider electric toothbrushes to be more environmentally friendly.
When deciding to go with an electric toothbrush, consider investing in one with a comfortable grip, and one which would be easy for you to use, or if you’re not sure which toothbrush is right for you or which brand of electric toothbrush you should choose, someone on our team at Academy Dental would be happy to help you out! Contact us today.
Dental anxiety is a lot more common than you think. It is all about that uneasy and nervous feeling you get whenever you are in a dentist’s office or if you need to visit the dentist. If you are experiencing this kind of feeling every time you think about going to the dentist, don’t worry! You’re not alone. There are hundreds of thousands of individuals out there who also feel what you feel. It could be the alien looking dentist’s tools or the sound of the drill working on a tooth, or maybe it’s the expectation of pain associated with a visit to the dentist.
While there are many reasons for dental anxiety, there are also several things you can do to conquer your fear and anxiety so that every dentist’s visit need not be a scary one – in fact, Academy Dental aims to make your every visit to the dentist a fantastic experience!
There are several things you can do to lessen your dental anxiety: you can listen to music for some relaxation and distraction. You can also communicate with your dentist so that you can tell them when you’re uncomfortable or if you need a break. Another good idea is to bring someone with you to support and reassure you during the procedure. One unusual way of reducing the nervousness is to regularly visit the dentist’s office and stay there until you begin to relax. (You should only do this of course with the consent of your dentist.)
One important thing you can do to reduce and overcome dental anxiety it to establish a good working relationship with your dentist. Communicate with your dentist and inform them about your anxiety. Ask them and the team to help you out by explaining all the steps they need to do as they work on your teeth. This will give you a sense of comfort because you now understand what’s happening and why our team needs to use a certain tool. Fear of the unknown and lack of control are two main contributing factors to anxiety.
If you’re having trouble with dental anxiety and would like to overcome your fears and get healthy teeth and gums, contact Academy Dental to book an appointment. We can help you every step of the way as you adjust and become more comfortable with the dentist’s office, tools and procedures.
You might be tempted to think that a smile makeover or a cosmetic dentistry procedure is just for celebrities and individuals in the public eye. However, that’s absolutely not the case anymore! Cosmetic dentistry is for anyone who wants to give themselves the gift of a perfect smile and a confidence boost.
Your smile is usually the first thing people notice about you – and the first thing an interviewer will notice about you when you arrive for a job interview. If you’re not confident in your smile, then it may affect your confidence, your interview and your chances of getting the job of your dreams.
Don’t you deserve the smile of your dreams, as well as the job of your dreams? Academy Dental, award winning Victoria dentist, can make the smile of your dreams possible. The rest is up to you! We offer you cosmetic dentistry options that can give you the best smile of your life.
No matter what your issue(s) with your smile, Academy Dental can help. We offer you a selection of cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers to fix any chips, gaps or discolouration in your smile, Invisalign for a perfectly invisible solution
to straightening your smile, professional whitening to give your smile the right impression and more!
We’re here for your smile. Contact Academy Dental if you would like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about our cosmetic dentistry procedures.
Did you know your insurance benefits don’t roll over at the end of the year? That means you’re missing out on treating your smile at Academy Dental!
We offer you key dental services such as Invisalign clear braces, customized smile makeovers, veneers, tooth whitening, laser dentistry, oral and IV sedation dentistry, and specialised services such as TMJ/TMD treatments and Bell’s Palsy treatments. Learn more about our services and solutions here.
Take advantage of your insurance benefits and book your appointment soon!
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Though scientists have discovered crude dental tools and now believe that our ancestors practiced some form of oral health care, the truth is that it’s only in modern times that we have come to understand the cause of tooth decay, cavities and their connection to the health of our teeth.
New theories state that ancient humans must have had a diet that cut down on cavities and helped maintain strong teeth and gums. One of the fruits that our ancestors likely gathered were cranberries. Recent food studies have shown that compounds contained in cranberries can prevent oral bacteria from forming dental plaque and as such, prevent the bacteria from growing, consuming the sugars in our mouth and producing enamel-eroding acid. However, this doesn’t mean that cranberries are a completely harmless item to add to your oral health care routine. The majority of cranberry products are made with sugar and cranberries themselves are highly acidic, but a serving of cranberries once in a while, along with proper brushing and flossing, may help keep your oral health care in check.
Over 90% of adults under the age of 60 have experienced cavities. Tooth decay continues to be one of the most common diseases, especially in young children. If you want to prevent tooth decay, cavities and tooth erosion, review the kinds of foods you consume and cut back on sugar, especially refined sugar, as much as possible.
If you’re not sure which foods may be causing tooth decay or cavities, contact Academy Dental today. We’re here for your smile! Find us sharing tidbits and tips on dentistry on Facebook and Twitter.
Looking to improve your oral health? Try incorporating the spices profiled below for a warm, healthy winter season!
What are the best spices that can help boost your immune system, keep the cold away and improve your oral health?
Cinnamon is one of the most popular holiday spices, utilized in eggnog, cookies, fragrances, teas, pies and more! Cinnamon is a great spice to have in your spice rack as it has been shown to improve your oral health through reducing blood sugar – one of the contributing factors to gum disease and diabetes.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which has been shown to be a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Curcumin can help reduce the swelling of the gums associated with gum disease and can help improve your oral health by improving blood flow. Turmeric is most popular in cooking chicken and chai teas.
Rosemary is a staple in the kitchen and typically serves as a cooking spice or a topping on baked bread. Rosemary can increase blood flow, helping improve your oral health as well as stimulating your immune, digestive and circulatory system. You can find countless recipes that call for a sprig of rosemary online.
Ginger cookie are likely to be the most popular choice this holiday but ginger, much like turmeric, can be used in everything from cooking to baking to hot chai teas. Ginger can help reduce the swelling of your gums and the nausea that’s sometimes associated with a painful toothache or following a dental treatment.
We hope you found these spices useful in improving your oral health! If you would like to share some of your favourite spices or holiday recipes, please don’t hesitate to drop us a note on Facebook or Twitter. Have you booked your six month oral health care checkup at Academy Dental? If not, please call or click today to maintain your oral health!
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