Author Archives for Gretchen Priest

Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day

Tuesday, 14 February 2023
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Tips to keep you and your Valentine smiling this year! Remember to keep up your water intake. Lack of hydration can decrease the quality and quantity of saliva which often leads to a higher rate of decay and bad breath. Be dentally smart when giving sweet treats. Dark chocolate contains less sugar than white and milk chocolate. Get any outstanding treatment completed – active decay and gum inflammation don’t smell or look very romantic if left to fester for a...


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WHAT IS A “DEEP CLEANING”?

Monday, 6 February 2023
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What is deep cleaning? You may have heard people say that they’ve had an appointment for a “deep cleaning” and wondered what it is and how it’s different to having a regular scale and clean at the dentist. Some clinics use the term “deep cleaning” to describe the treatment for periodontal disease or gum disease. We prefer to call it “Periodontal Debridement” or “Periodontal Treatment” here at Grandis Dental. As you can see in the diagram above, the gum on...


New Year’s Resolutions for Your Dental Health

Tuesday, 24 January 2023
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  Resolutions for Your Dental Health 1.Brush twice a day with the correct equipment Toothbrushing twice a day will clean approximately 60% of the surfaces of the teeth. Be sure to use either a soft manual toothbrush or a rotary electric toothbrush twice every day for good dental health. The plaque and food debris that you are brushing off is very soft so can easily be brushed off with soft bristles. A medium or hard toothbrush is too firm and...


Floss

Do I Have to Floss?

Monday, 17 October 2022
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Is it Essential to Floss? The short answer is NO. There are plenty of options besides floss for cleaning between your teeth if flossing is difficult. Even the healthiest diet will result in plaque and plaque acids being deposited on your teeth. To prevent gum problems and dental decay, all of the plaque needs to be removed regularly. Toothbrushing twice a day will clean approximately 60% of the surfaces of the teeth. The remaining 40% of surfaces of the teeth...


Halloween

Halloween

Thursday, 6 October 2022
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Preparing for Halloween Here are some hints to get you and your loved ones through Halloween season. Limit snacking to a restricted time limit. Even eating very healthy snacks will leave plaque acid on the teeth. Tooth enamel that has frequent exposure to plaque acid without time to be buffered by saliva leaves this tooth enamel prone to decay. Limit the intake of treats to a certain time in the morning and afternoon. Make sure you have healthy treats available....


Sensitive Teeth

Dealing with Sensitive Teeth

Monday, 3 October 2022
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Dealing with Sensitive Teeth Dealing with Sensitive Teeth: Tooth Sensitivity is very common and can be very debilitating. Clinically, we sort sensitivity into 2 different kinds: Reversible: This is sensitivity that stops as soon as the stimulus is removed. For example, cold sensitivity that stops as soon as you swallow the icy drink in your mouth. Irreversible: This is sensitivity that continues even after the stimulus is removed. For example, soreness that lingers for several minutes after eating or drinking...


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Checklist for Your Next Dental Visit

Thursday, 1 September 2022
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Checklist for Your Next Dental Visit Here’s a few suggestions on what to organize prior to your dental visit. Bringing your own headphones and phone/iPod to listen to your favourite podcast, music or relaxation meditation can be useful in distracting yourself from your dental appointment. Make sure you have had something to eat before your appointment. An empty rumbly tummy during a dental appointment will only increase any anxiety. Wear comfortable clothes for your appointment. The dental chair is not...


Dental Gadgets

Online Dental Gadgets. Fact or Fad?

Tuesday, 16 August 2022
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Online Dental Gadgets: In the last few years there has been a surge of new products that have flooded the market. Many of us have seen influencers promoting products on social media. Online Dental Gadgets Dental gadgets are the latest trend in this style of marketing and the sales are off the charts. Before you succumb to this clever marketing, have a scroll below, to see what the research suggests about these products. Sonic U-Shaped Toothbrush These U-Shaped Toothbrushes sure...


Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth. What’s All the Fuss About?

Thursday, 23 June 2022
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Many people are apprehensive about the removal of wisdom teeth, so we would like to share some information with you to remove the mystery. Wisdom Teeth: Details Wisdom teeth are the 3rd molar at the very back of the mouth. They are named wisdom teeth as they usually begin to erupt into the mouth between the ages of 18 and 24, which is the age we apparently begin to gain wisdom! Just like many other developmental milestones, these eruption dates...


Dental Examination

14 Things Your Dentist Does During your Dental Examination

Monday, 13 June 2022
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Dental Examination: Ever wondered what your dentist does during your dental examination? Here’s the most interesting things you should know before your next dentist visit: Important Things Your Dentist Does During Your Dental Examination Checks your skin on your face – Particularly the lower third of your face, between the nose and chin. This is the most common area for skin cancers. We check for unusual appearance of the skin. The dental light is very bright, and our magnified glasses...