5 Reasons to Use an Electric Toothbrush

If you’re like most people you’ve stuck to using a traditional toothbrush and never considered trying something different. Maybe you saw an ad or a friend suggested you give it a try that has you thinking there might be good reasons for switching. There are some valid reasons for going with an electronic toothbrush, before you invest let’s look at 5 good reasons for making the change.

  1. Easy to Use, For starters the electronic toothbrush does away with any vigorous brushing on your part with the press of a button. The electronic version offers more strokes per minute than a manual one which can result in reaching every tooth while brushing.
  2. Thorough and Fast Cleaning. Using an electronic toothbrush makes good use of the back and forth spinning bristles movement and offers superior cleaning, especially when it comes to reaching those hard to  places that are often overlooked.
  3. Ideal for Braces Care, The many benefits of an electronic toothbrush from the ease of use, the thorough cleaning results along with it’s ability to remove food particles and plaque from hard to reach spots make it ideal for those fitted with braces.
  4. Built in Timers, The suggested time to brush is for 2 minutes, twice a day as part of an oral care routine. In reality most of us don’t put this into practice for the most part. Electronic toothbrushes come equipped with a timer built in and allow the user to set the timer to the right amount of time to keep you on track.
  5. Prevent Oral Damage, It may be hard to believe it’s possible to damage a tooth’s enamel by manual brushing and damage the protective enamel. The could result in more cavities, tooth sensitivities or even other major oral problems. A good quality electronic toothbrush, one that is designed to offer maximum power without the resulting damage to tooth enamel or other parts of the mouth is a good addition to your oral care routine.

At Guilford Dental we’re happy to answer your questions about e toothbrush use, give our Surrey dentist a call to schedule your next checkup.

What’s More Important Flossing or Brushing

A two pronged attack that consists of brushing and flossing is recommended as part of our oral care routine. We all know we should be brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing at least once a day to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life. Often the flossing is something most of us are inclined to neglect believing that brushing alone is enough. To answer the  question about which one is more important it may surprise you to know that flossing is by far the one thing we shouldn’t be neglecting.

When done correctly flossing removes plaque in those hard to reach spots between teeth and beneath the gums, while a toothbrush can only clean the front and backs of teeth. And it’s the places in between your teeth where the most dangerous microbes can grow, failing to remove them can lead to serious problems such as periodontist or gingivitis.

Flossing is only effective when done correctly, the right way involves doing a c shape and reaching out to cover as much of the tooth surface as possible. Remember to floss up and down under the gum tissue and alongside its external surface. To keep your breath smelling fresh and your Delta dentist happy, your gums and teeth healthy as well as preventing serious ( like buildup of biofilm & gum disease ) flossing should be part of your daily routine. Gum disease should not be taken lightly as it poses a threat to heart health and increases your risk of diabetes.

So you really don’t want to leave either brushing or flossing out of your daily oral care routine. So next time grab the floss and use it at least once a day for the good of your overall health as well as improving your smile. When you book your next appointment at Surdel Dental Centre make it a point to ask for instructions on how to correctly use floss, they’ll be happy to show you flossing techniques. Why not schedule that appointment now.

3 Things to Consider When Choosing Eyeglasses

Picking the right eyeglasses for you can be a daunting job, especially if there are a lot of choices to choose from. Below are a few factors from Dr. Alex G. Wilson & Associates to consider in choosing the right eyeglasses for you:

Shape of Your Face

Eyeglasses have been used for a long time, and throughout the time they have also evolved. With today’s modern technology, eyeglasses can be made to be frameless, in variants of colour and transitional. If you are considering in buying a new pair of eyeglasses, begin with taking into account the shape of your face. You may have an oval, rectangular, triangular or even a diamond-shaped face, and every shape can guide you in choosing the right eyeglasses for you. If you are going to consider the shape of your face, there is only one rule: Make sure that the frames of your desired eyeglasses will in proportion with the shape of your face.

Warm Versus Cool

After taking into consideration your face’s shape, you may now have a good idea of the type of frame that will suit you. Now let’s go for the colour of the glasses by taking into account the colours of your hair, skin, and eyes. The three areas can be described as either warm or cool and they all combine to provide you hint on what colour better fits you. Warmer tones may lead to the colours orange, gold or red while cool colours are more of blue, black or silver.


After choosing your frames, there are still a few things to consider like the lenses that you want to be installed. There are a few types of lenses to choose from like transitional lenses that provide shade if you are in a sunny area, anti-glare lenses help you getting blinded by bright lights, scratch-resistant lenses if you are always in dusty places or lenses with magnetic sunglasses so you can easily remove it.

If you have your prescription, you can go to a shop that offers a lot of different types of eyeglasses. Make sure you give it to a optometrist and ask him/her any question before you start your search for they can help recommend what will fit your needs. Then it is up to you to decide on your new eyeglasses with help of the factors mentioned above.

How to Deal With Chronic Bad Breath

It’s not unusual for any of us to experience bad breath at times for the purpose of this blog we’re going to address the causes of chronic bad breath referred to as Halitosis. An issue quite different from the odd case of not so fresh breath, Halitosis doesn’t improve by using breath mints or lots of mouthwash. It’s not impossible to get rid of the problem so let’s take a closer look.

Halitosis can be the result of a few different things such as leftover food particles in the mouth, dry mouth, dental problems such as tooth decay, cavities or gingivitis. Sometimes other medical issues especially those affecting the nasal passages, sinuses or throat can be the cause and can be a sign of kidney or liver disease.

Coping With Chronic Bad Breath

Since we’re dealing with a more serious problem short term solutions such as mouthwash or breath mints would not deal with the issue. The following is a guide from our North Delta Dentists to dealing with and getting rid of the problem once and for all.

  • Follow a proper dental care routine by brushing for a full 2 minutes twice a day, flossing correctly, tongue scraping followed by mouthwash to wipe out any remaining bacteria. Toothbrushes are a breeding ground for bacteria so be sure to replace it every 3 months
  • Certain foods cause bad breath such as garlic and onions so steer clear of these, they have the ability to travel through the bloodstream and into the lungs. It has been determined that once there the bad smell is exhaled from the lungs.
  • Get regular dental checkups to be sure there are no underlying issues that could be the reason for chronic bad breath
  • Chewing on fennel seeds, cloves or aniseeds for their antiseptic quality to help freshen your breath
  • Choose foods like apples and celery for snack time, they boost saliva production to keep bacteria buildup in check

Call today and book your checkup with us at Scott 72 Dental.

Invisalign vs. Braces

Surrey Orthodontic treatments have greatly improved over the past years with modern aesthetic equipment and current mode of treatments helping people achieve that perfect smile with minimal hassle and within a shorter period.

Don’t know what treatment is perfect for you? Read on. This article will feature and compare traditional dental braces and Invisalign clear aligners.


Traditional braces have been around and are normally the choice of treatment for many patients who have crooked or misaligned teeth.

Dental professionals will check the treatment progress from time to time and will make necessary adjustments to realign the braces making sure the teeth are directed in the right alignment.

In the past, braces were big and monstrous looking apparatuses that are fitted in a patient’s mouth. But today, because of modern technology, patients can have braces that match the colour of their enamel, making them unnoticeable.


Invisalign in Surrey is another treatment using comfortable and invisible aligner trays that are made from smooth BPA-free materials, and are fixed on the patient’s teeth to gently press the teeth into shape. Invisalign gained its popularity way back the year 2000, its principles are basically the same with braces, in which aligner trays will force the teeth over a period of time to follow the tray’s direction.

For invisalign to effectively work, the trays must be customized for the every patient’s mouth and must fit seamlessly. Dentists will be using 3-D technology and X-rays to produce images of the patient’s mouth and then create flawlessly aligned trays based on those images.

Below are some differences between braces and Invisalign:

  •    Braces are fixed on patient’s teeth compared to Invisalign trays that can be removed anytime by the patient.
  •    Since braces are made from metal, it usually cost a little more and much more if patients opt for coloured braces or enameled colour braces. While Invisalign is made from colourless plastic, and more and more patients are choosing it for its aesthetic effect.
  •    Since braces are irremovable, they are worn 24/7 for over 2 years or more while Invisalign are worn for 22 to 24 hours every day for about 6-8 months.
  •    Cleaning Invisalign trays is much easier since they can be removed.
  •    Follow up checkup for braces is normally once a month while those with Invisalign must have their trays checked every two weeks and follow up checkups are every 4-6 weeks.
  •    Braces are ideal for complex dental problems while Invisalign is ideal for mild dental cases.

•    Eating with braces on is more troublesome compared to Invisalign.

How to Choose the Right Mouthwash

You might be considering adding a mouth rinse to amp up your already great dental care routine but not sure how to choose. With so many brands and differing ingredients you might be wondering what type will do the best job for your personal needs. The top thing you should look for is one that best suits the needs of your gums along with personal taste preferences. Here are some tips from our Langley dentist for those first time users to help choose a product right for you.

Fluoride Based Mouth Rinse

An ingredient in many toothpaste products, fluoride provides the benefit in guarding against cavities by strengthening the tooth’s enamel so is a good option.For anyone with tooth decay or a dry mouth, both of which indicate a strong bacterial problem a mouth rinse with fluoride is a good addition to your daily routine.

Alcohol As An Ingredient

Those apt to swallow large amounts of mouthwash should be aware that most commercial products contain alcohol. Recovering alcoholics or those with strong anti alcohol views should look for alcohol free products as well as families with children in the home.

Plaque Control

Mouthwash that has plaque control properties can provide a quick fix when it comes to bad breath and needed plaque control

Take Into Account Your Own Sensitivities

Check the list of ingredients on the label if you are aware of any personal sensitivities, especially those with delicate gums. Possibly you’ve had a recent dental procedure or simply have sensitive gums, if this is the case you may want to look for a natural or alcohol free product. Natural mouthwashes usually contain chamomile or aloe and provide a soothing effect.

CDA And Dentist Approved

Read ingredients on the list and do some research to find out if any ingredients are controversial Some products may have the seal of approval from the Canadian Dental Association, just because a product is available doesn’t mean it’s safe to use. Do some research on your own by doing a quick check on the internet. At Willowbrook Dental Clinic we’re happy to answer any questions or concerns regarding mouthwash, give us a call to schedule your checkup today.