How to Care For an Elderly Parent Who Doesn’t Live With You

We live in such a transient world which means often our ageing parents live across the city, country or even a world away. You may be left wondering if they’re doing alright, need help or if they’re feeling lonely. The way you’re feeling is probably a lot like they felt if you moved away from your hometown. There are still some good ways you can still support them whether they live in the same city or farther away, continue reading for some useful ideas.

Schedule Regular Visits

If you are lucky enough to live in the same city try to visit a few times a month, visiting your loved one in a Victoria BC Care Home in the same day of the week will help them know when to expect you. Help Mom or Dad by cleaning the house, organizing belongings or medications or simply keep them company. Engage in a game of cards, playing board games, even a walk will ensure their minds stay sharp and their bodies remain as active as possible.

Check in Remotely

Maybe you don’t live close enough to visit often, however there are  other ways to support them. Call Mom or Dad regularly, send emails ( with family updates ) or set up a video chat if possible. With many seniors using the internet and even if they’re not tech savy show them how to use Skype next time you visit – or have someone show them how.

Send Gifts or Letters

A small gesture to let them know you’re thinking of them is a great way to show them that you care. Research has shown that chronic loneliness and depression can result in high blood pressure, a weakened immune system and increased cortisol ( a stress hormone ) in seniors. Let them know you’re thinking about them by sending handwritten letters, flowers or other gifts and can make a huge difference and brighten their day.

Hire a Caregiver

You may still be employed full time or distance prevents you from visiting as often as you would otherwise. Hiring a caregiver is an option, especially if they want to remain in the place they’re familiar with, their home. Caregivers provide peace of mind for the family and support for seniors in many ways. During visits they do household chores, meal prep, shop and provide much needed companionship.

There can come a time when Mom or Dad requires the additional care provided by long term facilities, in Victoria BC contact Clover Point Care when you want the best for your family.

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.

Potential Causes of a Toothache


Even if you’re diligent about your oral care routine, brushing twice a day and flossing you could still experience a toothache. A cavity might be the cause but there are a few other things that could be the reason to feel the pain of a toothache.

Tooth Sensitivity

If the pain is more noticeable when you eat or drink hot or cold foods tooth sensitivity might be the cause of the pain. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by receding gums or even the thinning of the tooth’s enamel over time. While you’re waiting to visit your dentist use a soft bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth may relieve the symptoms.

Some Toothaches Are More Severe

When you experience a sharp, stabbing pain while biting down on food a cavity or cracked tooth is most likely the reason. If it’s more of a throbbing, incessant pain it’s possible you have an abcess or infection so don’t delay in having it taken care of.

It Might Not Even Be Your Teeth

There is another less common reason for experiencing what feels like a toothache and that’s a sinus infection. Another example is if only your upper teeth on both sides of your face are painful sinusitis could be the culprit. Something that could narrow this down as the cause is the toothache is usually accompanied by nasal congestion and tenderness around the sinuses. If this happens it’s advisable to visit your doctor.

Anytime you can identify the pain as jaw pain it might be caused by temporomandibular disorder, this condition can be as a result of a direct injury or trauma to the jaw, by tooth grinding ( bruxism ) arthritis or cancer affecting the jaw. It could also be a result of impacted molars if you have not had your wisdom teeth removed.

See Your Ladner Dentist To Be Sure

A toothache may not be that severe so you may be inclined to forget about seeing your dentist to find the culprit. Imagine having a holiday ruined by a toothache or a toothache at some inconvenient time by not dealing with it now. The cause for a toothache are not always clear so it’s advisable to have a thorough exam by your dentist. Why not call our office at Ladner Village Dental and schedule an exam today to discuss any problems you may be experiencing, better still prevention is the key. If the problem persists you may need to see an Endodontist who is a root canal expert.

What to do if Your Notice Your Gums Bleeding

If you’re brushing your teeth one day and notice a little pink as you spit, or if your gums bleed when flossing you might wonder why it happened. Anytime it happens on a regular basis you may need to investigate further as there are a few things that could be the cause. Gingivitis, a change in your oral care or even a side effect of pregnancy could result in bleeding gums. Below is a list of a few things if you notice your gums bleeding consistently.

Step Up Your Oral Care

A buildup of plaque is the number one cause of bleeding gums, failing to remove plaque in a timely manner allows it to harden into tartar, a calcified material that plaque adheres to and can continue to irritate the gums. The result is bleeding gums and can progress to more serious gum disease so brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day is recommended. Also don’t forget to visit your dentist on a regular basis.

Take a Look At Your Tools

You’re brushing twice a day, flossing at least once and scheduling those semi annual dental checkups and still experiencing bleeding gums then your oral care tools may be to blame. A toothbrush with soft bristles is sufficient to clean your teeth and gums without irritating your gums. Even the way you use your tools could result in bleeding gums so review your brushing and flossing techniques.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is important to ensure good oral health, what you eat and when you eat it, too much sugar and carbohydrates increase the risk of  plaque formation. While no expects you to completely avoid sugary snacks aim for a diet rich in nutrients like those found in vegetables. If you do consume sugary treats try to brush as soon as possible afterwards.

Consider Your Medicine

It’s possible medication your doctor prescribed could be the cause of your bleeding gums so consult with your doctor and inquire about switching to stop the problem. Over the counter pain relievers like aspirin thin the blood are another thing that could be the culprit.

See Your Dentist

When the above steps don’t stop the bleeding it’s time to visit your Surrey dentist for a thorough exam and possibly x rays. Your dentist can then prescribe a course of treatment, even possible surgery to resolve the issue. In Surrey BC contact our office at Proactive Dental Studio when it’s time to schedule your next check up.

Parts of Cannabis Plant

The cannabis is more than the basic sex features of male and female, just like other plants, it is composed of different structures. The cannabis has a skinny stem connected to its famous fan leaves that spread from areas known as nodes. However, the cannabis shows its amazing properties as it starts to flower. Here is an explanation from a Canadian online medical Marijuana Dispensary.

Cannabis Anatomy

Flower – the flower is found among female cannabis plant and it has the highest amount of Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which makes it most sought after part for recreational consumption. Flowers develop on the top portion of the plant and they are known as buds.

THC is the chemical responsible for the majority of marijuana’s psychological effects. It acts quite similar with the cannabinoid chemicals created naturally by the human body.

Cola – this part pertains to the bulk of flowers at the plant’s top part.

Node – this is the joint where leaves shoot off from the stalk.

Stem – the stem is the flower’s structural support and is also responsible for transporting and storage of nutrients. The stems don’t contain high amounts of THC, however, they are used for their fiber.

Fan Leaf – it’s huge leaf is responsible for the plant’s photosynthetic activities. It absorbs energy from the sun and turns it into chemical energy to nourish the plant. Although the fan leaves don’t have enough THC levels, they have become the unofficial representation of cannabis.

Stalk – this is the plant’s central stem. Since it doesn’t have high amounts of THC, it is also used for its fibers.

Seed – the seed of the cannabis is concealed inside the calyx of the flower. Aside from being used in planting to grow cannabis plant, cannabis seed has oil that is extracted and used in animal feed and human food.

Pistils – the pistils are pollen-catching hairs that spread from the calyx. Their color may vary, from brown, orange or red. They have high levels of THC.

Calyx – this part of the plant contains high levels of trichomes. The calyx is what makes it a female flower, and this is the structure that forms as the budding process starts.

Trichomes – these are small resin glands found on the leaves of the flowers. Trichomes were thought to have developed to defend the plant from elements and insects. This tiny resin looks like a crystallized mushroom when it is observed under the microscope.

Sugar Leaf – this is a tiny leaf that can be seen inside the flower and it’s normally enclosed in trichomes due to its position. As the flowers are harvested, the sugar leaves are trimmed; however, their trichome-coating is a perfect ingredient in making cannabis foods.
Thanks to Farmacy Dispensary for breaking down these tips.