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It’s obvious that not many people like going to the dentist these days. Uneasy feelings about the dentist more often than not translate to irrational fears and the formation of dental myths and horror stories. It is extremely important to make sure that taking care of your teeth is not something you can put on the backburner very easily. In other words, making dental myths manifest themselves as real facts could lead you to not take dental care as seriously as you should, which then leads to poor oral health and the need for painful or unpleasant procedures.

Myth 1: If I brush my teeth really well right before a dental appointment, they won’t notice that I haven’t been following proper brushing habits

Many of you can say that you have gotten away with this at one point or another. Sometimes an overworked dentist, combined with luck on your side, will not notice the fact that you may not brush as often as you should. Most of the time, however, not brushing twice a day can lead to the formation of plaque and bleeding and swollen gums which a dentist will definitely notice. This is why brushing twice a day is extremely important. It is for your own health but also makes sure that the busy dentist is not wasting time constantly reminding you that your teeth need to be kept cleaner.

Myth 2: If I brush a lot more often, then that means I’m being that much healthier

This is a false and counter-intuitive statement. If you brush more than twice a day it can actually have adverse effects on your teeth. The abrasive nature of toothpaste can cause wear as well as the fact that brushing too much can put a strain on your enamel that is not being given enough time to recover. These can lead to dental problems. In between your twice-a-day brushing habits, it is much better to rinse your mouth with water and chew a piece of sugar-free gum to prevent plaque buildup.

Myth 3: If I go for dental treatments while I’m pregnant, it could be very bad for the baby

A dental checkup is recommended for women during pregnancy and it does absolutely no harm to your unborn child. Local anesthetics and X-rays are alright as well, but should only be done if there is no other alternative. Please inform your dentist that you are pregnant before receiving treatment because there are some things that should be avoided altogether, such as an amalgam removal or the taking of antibiotics. These things could potentially cause risks to your unborn child. Talking to your dentist is the best way to avoid anything negative.

Myth 4: If my gums are bleeding while I’m brushing or flossing, it is better to stop immediately

If you notice that your gums are bleeding before, during, or after brushing or flossing, this is a sign that your gums are not healthy. When there is plaque and debris that accumulates around the teeth, especially in the pocket (or sulcus) of gum around the tooth, this leads to inflammation of the gums. When these pockets are clean and there is no debris located within, the gum tissue will heal properly and bleeding will not occur. Daily brushing and flossing in conjunction with professional cleanings when visiting your dentist will keep your gum tissue healthy and prevent bleeding.

Myth 5: But those gum injections are so painful!

Also not the case! Mind you, getting a gum injection is probably one of the least pleasant procedures at the dentist, but with modern technology today, it can also be completely painless. Often, patients will have a pre-injection cream placed on the gum in order to completely numb it prior to the dental anesthetic being given. Both make the injection pain-free. On top of this, most dentists will also use different distraction techniques to try and take their patient’s minds away from what is happening. In any case, receiving a gum injection is no problem at all in this day and age!

Accord Dental is dedicated to helping you debunk some of these myths that make us think going to the dentist is either scary or unimportant. Make an appointment with us today!

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Children have many priorities in their lives. Between dodgeball, what colour construction paper to use, or even whether or not they want to draw the sun at the corner of the page or in the middle. It makes sense that brushing their teeth gets bumped down a few spaces on the priority list.

Unfortunately by the age of five, cavities do begin to appear in your children’s teeth. According to a Canadian study, 51 million hours of school is missed hourly due to oral problems stemming from lack of teeth brushing. But what can we do? Listed are a few ways you can make brushing more interesting and fun for your kids:

1. Don’t Nag and Show Them: As a parent, nagging becomes second nature. But sometimes it may not be as effective as you might think, like with brushing. Instead, brush your own teeth with your kids. Children have a tendency to mimic whatever their parents are doing. If you’re setting a good example, then they will follow it.

2. Make Brushing an Adventure: Just looking at yourself brushing in front of the mirror is kind of boring, so imagine how your child must feel. Make up small games for them to play while brushing like “Defeating the Cavity Monsters” or get them to name every single tooth with a whacky name so they know “who” they are cleaning. Creativity is key here.

3. Play a Small Cartoon Clip: It should take about two minutes twice a day for your child to brush her teeth. In the meantime, why not play a short video to get them to go the distance? A national pediatric dentistry campaign has even provided many two-minute cartoon clips of popular children’s programs (here’s the link: http://2min2x.org/)

4. Have Them Use a “Cooler” Brush: Giving your child a brush that they admire and are proud to use really goes a long way. This may seem as an exaggeration, but blinking lights and sounds on a toothbrush, for a child, can make brushing a legendary experience. You can even go further and get some cool toothpaste too with different flavors. Be careful to use your own judgement when choosing these kinds of toothpastes though, as some may be of lower quality.

5. Always Be Consistent: Always try your best to make sure your child never misses a day of brushing. If they do, ideas can form in their head about it being alright to brush once a day, or even not at all. Start planting the idea that your children must brush twice a day early in their lives so that it requires less work and persistence for you in the future.

6. Story Time: Nothing can inform or scare a child more than a good story. Telling your child a story about how you had to get your teeth “drilled” by the dentist because you didn’t brush enough is what really makes a lasting impression. Although effective, try not to demonize the dentist at the same time because you do not want them to get the wrong idea about that.

At your Accord Dental Clinic in Kitsilano we take pride in showing your children how to brush with excellent tricks and tips. We also provide cool brushes and extra toothpaste if the little ones are already set.

There exist wearable devices that can keep track of things such as our heart rate and amount of calories burnt when we exercise, but now there is a device that can keep track of our brushing habits.

kolibree electric toothbrushA new electric toothbrush has the capability of not only sensing how well and how long we brush, but can help us keep track of the results via smartphone.

The Kolibree toothbrush, unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week took dental hygiene freaks and tech geeks alike by storm. All the movements once inside your mouth can be uploaded to any iPhone or Android app with a built-in Bluetooth wireless functionality (including your dentist).  Yes, that means Dr. Alex (your dentist in Kitsilano) will be able to monitor your brushing habits.

The French inventor Thomas Serval is the man behind the brush, boasting about its capabilities for improved brushing habits. He is convinced it is about the same thing as having an actual dentist supervise your brushing on a day-to-day basis.

The brush and app also have the flexibility for third party support. In other words, other developers can come and create even more games for the brush. At one point you could end up using your brushing skills to kill monsters running amongst within the confines of your mouth for the high score.

Serval says he came up with the idea when he discovered that his children were constantly lying to him about having brushed their teeth. He realized that it would be beneficial to create a brush that kept track of when and how well it was used so that no one could lie about such an important part of our daily lives again.

Depending on the features, the Kolibree toothbrush will go on sale for about $99 to $200. The United States is planned to be the first intended market.

Accord Dental in Kitsilano is currently accepting new patients who are looking for a new and experienced dentist. Come by our office at any time during open hours and ask why we are the right choice for you!

vancouver dentist wins awards2013 saw the return of the Canadian Dental Hygienist Association Awards. In collaboration with their Dental Hygiene Recognition Program, three individuals – two recent graduates and one current third-year student – each received the prestigious award, representing the University of British Columbia. Despite slight variations in the academic credentials of the three lucky winners, each showed outstanding work on the contrasting of diploma and baccalaureate degree dental hygiene education in Canada.

Among other awards include the CDHA Oral Health Promotion Award, sponsored by Crest Oral-B, given to another recent graduate of UBC’s Dental Hygiene program upon presenting her undergraduate work surrounding the legitimacy of smoking “healthier” alternatives to cigarettes.

Finally, the CDHA Leadership Award was given to another third-year dental hygiene student for his various contributions to “the academic and professional community through his involvement and leadership” for the program, especially assisting and reassuring upcoming first-year students.


Dr. Alex would like to personally congratulate the winners this year for their hard work and continuing dedication. These are attributes commonly found in most students taking on the challenges of difficult and competitive programs such as Dental Hygiene at UBC. The purpose of the CDHA Awards is to recognize the students that go that extra mile for their passion.

Accord Dental in Kitsilano is currently accepting new patients. Contact us to book an appointment or for more information.

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Taking care of my toothbrush?

Letting your toothbrush dry out between uses is a sure way to keep your toothbrush and yourself healthy. Toothbrushes can be breeding grounds for germs, fungus and bacteria, which after a while can build up to significant levels. After using your toothbrush, try to shake it vigorously under running tap water and store it in an upright position so that it can air out.

Prevention of cold and flu viruses between brushes, try to keep your toothbrush away from touching others when stored. A standard toothbrush holder with slots for several brushes to hang upright is a worthwhile investment in your family’s health.

To read more visit: Toothbrush Care & Replacement


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