Common Causes of Sensitive Teeth

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Sensitive Teeth can be a real problem, considering most people use their teeth several times a day to eat. Drinking can also be a problem. For some of our patients, anything other than a body temperature drink can cause tooth discomfort.

As you can see in the infographic, there are many common causes of sensitive teeth and we often see these concerns in our dental clinic. As outlined above, the most common causes that we encounter are:

  • Pressure on teeth from grinding or clenching
  • A cracked tooth
  • Tooth whitening
  • Dental treatment such as deep fillings, crown placement and tooth cleanings
  • Thinning of the tooth enamel due to over-brushing or erosion
  • Dental decay
  • Poor oral hygiene that leads to plaque or tartar build up
  • Gum disease with possible recession and root exposure.

Managing Sensitive Teeth

Preventative care is of course the best first defense against developing sensitive teeth. Practicing good oral care habits and visiting the dentist regularly are very important. But, for those of us who have tooth sensitivity already, MI Paste can help in some situations. MI Paste helps remineralize calcium and phosphate directly to the areas that need it. Read more about MI Paste or purchase MI Paste at our Vancouver BC dental office in Kitsilano.

Using a soft bristled toothbrush and not brushing with too much force can help to protect tooth enamel.

To make the home dental care routine as easy as possible, some of our patients love the Philips Sonicare electric toothbrush. It has a Sensitive Mode for people with sensitive teeth and gums. These toothbrushes are available for purchase here at Kits Family Dental. Read more about the different Toothbrush Modes.

Contact us at Kits Family Dental. Our goal is to help you achieve and maintain beautiful, healthy and pain-free teeth and gums.

Find out about Home Remedies For Sensitive Teeth in our previous blog post.

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So Many Toothpaste Options! How to Choose?

Toothpaste options galone! Sometimes our patients tell us they just want to buy plain, old, regular fluoride toothpaste. They find that when shopping, there are just too many different types of toothpaste to choose from.

We get it!

Decision fatigue is a real thing. Having a basic toothpaste available to grab quickly would sometimes be better than having to choose from many different types of toothpaste, each tailored to specific needs.

However, some toothpaste options are great.

In this post, we will try to help you understand more about the myriad of toothpaste options available lately. Here is a wonderful infographic to help you work through at least some of the choices out there. 

In the meantime, if you are lucky enough to find some basic fluoride toothpaste, we appreciate that your life will be a little easier for those few minutes!

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Book your appointment today with Kits Family Dental, a professional and friendly family dentist in Kitsilano.

Not to confuse the issue but we do sell MI Paste in our office, as well as Plaque HD toothpaste (it colours plaque so you can more easily brush it off), have take-home whitening kits available and also sell Sonicare electric toothbrushes.

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How to Get Rid of Bad Breath – According to a Dentist

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We love this video featuring Dr. Ada Cooper on how to get rid of bad breath. Dr. Cooper uses language that everyone, not just dentists, can understand. She is pleasant, speaks clearly, moves things along and delivers lots of facts in a non-boring fashion.

The ad is short at the beginning of the YouTube video. And, if you watch the video on Business Insider, there is no ad at the beginning. Check out:

In the video, you’ll find lots of info on how to get rid of bad breath in the video, including tips such as:

  • Brush your teeth at night
  • Brush your tongue
  • Drink a lot of water
  • See your dentist if bad breath persists, there may be something else going on!

Come see us at Kits Family Dental in Vancouver, BC for all your dental needs – including if you are wondering about underlying issues causing bad breath.

Our dentists look children and adults of all ages. We have dental appointments on Saturdays as well as  evening hours.

Thank you to our existing patients who have given us rave reviews, we’ve even won several awards, such as best dentist in Vancouver several years running!

Contact Kits Family Dental today!

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Dental Crown Cost in Vancouver BC

Dental Crown Cost in Vancouver BC

Dental crowns can help repair your smile – damaged teeth, stained teeth, teeth that have root canals and more. Find out dental crown cost in Vancouver, BC at Kits Family Dental

Wondering the dental crown cost in Vancouver BC?

Wondering what a dental crown is?

Dental crowns are one of several restorative treatments available for your teeth.

If a tooth is injured or missing, it’s important to repair or replace it with an artificial one; dental crowns and dental bridges improve both the appearance of your teeth as well as your overall dental health.

Here’s more details on dental crowns: 


A dental crown is an artificial covering for the visible part of your tooth, and is generally made of porcelain or metal alloys. It covers all or just part of the visible portion of your tooth and protects it from any further damage. Crowns are extremely durable and last for about 10 years, given good patient and dentist care. You’ll need a crown if you have:

  • had a root canal treatment
  • particularly large fillings in a tooth
  • a broken tooth, and/or
  • severely stained, misshapen, or misaligned teeth.

Dental Crown Cost in Vancouver BC

In Vancouver, BC, dental crowns cost from $1000 to $2000 each depending on the lab fee (it can be different from case to case) and how complicated it is. Dental insurance usually covers crowns at 50%. Some policies won’t cover crowns/bridges/dentures at all – just cleanings and fillings.

For more info on Dental Crowns, see our post What is a Dental Crown and How Much Does a Crown Cost in Vancouver BC

Also see the post Dental Bridge Cost in Vancouver BC.

Think you could benefit from a crown or a bridge? Let us know! At Kits Family Dental, we can let you know the cost of a dental bridge or dental crown and how it can transform how you look and feel!






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Tooth Bridge Cost in Vancouver BC

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Crowns? Bridges? Is your dentist talking about fairy tales involving princesses and crossing moats? Of course not! Your dentist is telling you about restorative treatments for your teeth!

If a tooth is injured or missing, it’s important to repair or replace it with an artificial one; crowns and bridges improve both the appearance of your teeth as well as your overall dental health. Kits Family Dental will help you cover the basics:


A dental bridge is an artificial tooth to replace one or more of your natural teeth. Dental bridges are known as a fixed partial denture, and is permanently cemented to the surrounding teeth to keep it in place. Bridges, like crowns, are also extremely durable and generally last for approximately 10 years with good care. You may want a bridge for several reasons:

  • replacing missing teeth prevents other teeth from drifting out of place
    • this may cause jaw problems
    • this can affect the way your teeth fit together
    • this can affect your ability to chew normally
  • failing to replace missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth surrounding the gap to become more susceptible to decay and gum disease

How Much Does a Tooth Bridge Cost in Vancouver BC?

A basic 3 unit bridge starts from around $2600. Of course, the more teeth involved, the more expensive it is. Insurance usually covers a percentage of the bridge cost, though some policies won’t cover crowns/bridges/dentures at all – just cleanings and fillings.

More info on Vancouver bridge tooth costs available in this post: Cost of Tooth Bridges in Vancouver BC

See our post on Cost of a Dental Crown in Vancouver BC.

Think you could benefit from a crown or a bridge? Let us know! At Kits Family Dental, we can let you know the cost of a dental bridge or dental crown and how it can transform how you look and feel!




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VELscope Oral Cancer Screening Vancouver – Free in April 2017!

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Did you know? Kits Family Dental is one of only 20% of dental offices in BC that has a VELscope machine!

Why do VELscope machines matter? Over 500 cases of oral cancer were documented by the BC Cancer society in 2009? Over 80% of those cases could have been detected by a dentist doing oral cancer screening.  It is crucial that oral cancer be detected early to improve the chances of a positive outcome.  Dentists will notice suspicious lesions in the mouth before the patient has any of the other symptoms of oral cancer.

Now, with the help of a VELscope machine, it’s even easier for dentists to detect oral cancer or other oral diseases during your regular dental exams!

The VELscope is the first adjunctive device cleared by the FDA and Health Canada to help clinicians detect cancerous and pre-cancerous lesions and other lesions that might not be apparent to the naked eye. The VELscope is also cleared to help surgeons determine appropriate surgical margins.

  • It is a hand held device that helps dentists and hygienists detect a wide variety of oral diseases
  • It can be used in conjunction with conventional oral exams
  • It’s non-invasive

How does it work?

  • It emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity
  • This light causes fluorophores to fluoresce; however, this cannot be seen by the human eye
  • The VELscope’s filter makes it possible to see the fluorescence of the fluorophores by blocking out the blue light emitted and allowing the operator to focus on the problematic areas. This is possible because the fluorophores emit their own light, in shades of green yellow and red.
  • Fluorescence? What? Fluorescence occurs when light is taken in by human tissue and creates a molecular excitation that emits the light again at a different wavelength
  • The VELscope is not a standalone test. It provides visual information that is impossible to attain otherwise. It is meant for use alongside with conventional oral soft tissue examinations.

What does this mean for me?

  • The VELscope is an examination that takes approximately 3 minutes, while providing no discomfort to you.
  • All that’s being done is emitting light into your mouth, which is generated by light emitting diodes.
  • It is completely safe!
  • It is used by over 6000 dentists, with over 6 million exams performed.

For the month of April 2017 (Oral Health Month), VELscope exams with your regular check-up at Kits Family Dental are free!

London Drugs also offers free oral cancer screening at six select locations.



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Dentist Open Saturday in Vancouver, BC – Kits Family Dental in Kitsilano

Dentist open saturday in Vancouver BC - KitsilanoKits Family Dental (as of 2013, ongoing!) open one Saturday per month. The clinic will be open one Saturday per month from 9:30-3:30pm (Dr Mak); 9-5pm (Dr. Iwagami) (closed June, July and August). Specific dates:
April 8, May 13, September 16, October 14, November 18, December 16, 2017.
Please check our contact page for more upcoming dates the dentist office is open.

There are many reasons that people either need or would like a dentist open Saturday in Vancouver; and at Kits Family dental we try our best to accommodate all of our patients as best we can. In addition to booked appointments, we are a walk in dental clinic Vancouver.

Some of our patients work full time during the week and would rather schedule a dentist appointment on the weekend than try to rearrange their schedule during the week and take time off work. Others who have small children to take care of find it easier to arrange child care with family members or friends on the weekends to free them up for dental appointments. Or, when home is closer to the dentist office than work, it may be easier to fit it in on the weekend.

Occasionally people end up looking for dental offices open on Saturday when emergency dental care is required and their regular dentist office may not be open. Dental emergencies can include if you lose a filling, crown or bridge, a knocked out tooth, a chipped, dislodged or loose tooth.

We are located in Kitsilano, at 2223 West Broadway in Vancouver BC. Parking is available underground for $1.00 per hour; there is also metered parking on Broadway Street and some free parking when available on the side streets.

Kits Family dental offers the following services:

Preventative/Periodontal Services such as scaling, root planing, polishing and sealants.

Restorative Services such as amalgam fillings, white/tooth colored fillings, inlays and onlays, crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures.

Surgical Services such as root canal treatments, wisdom teeth extractions and implants.

Invisalign, Emergency Services, Other Services such as nightguards, invisalign, take-home whitening kits and emegency dentististry.

Kitsilano Dentist, Dr. Sakura Iwagami will see you soon on a Saturday!

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Types of Dental Anesthesia

types of dental anesthesiaAt Kits Family Dental, we specialize in helping kids and adults. Sometimes our work requires us to use one of two types of dental anesthesia. These work by blocking nerve signals in your body dulling any pain in your mouth during dental procedures. This helps us do our work and you to experience the least amount of discomfort. 

At Kids Family Dental, we use two types of dental anesthesia, both of which are safe, have very few side effects, and very few allergic reactions.

Lidocaine is the most common local anesthetic and comes in two formats: a topical gel and injection. The gel is used to numb the local area before the lidocaine injection is administered.

Astracaine is almost 4 times more likely to make you numb than lidocaine and much more effective when taking out a tooth, or working on bottom teeth. If you find Lidocaine hasn’t worked well for you in the past, Astracaine is your answer.

If adults are anxious, we can offer a mild dose of Triazolam which is a common form of conscious sedation. Patients often say they don’t even remember the dental procedure, even though they have full control of themselves throughout.

We love kids at this practice, but we know that if a child is very, very anxious about dental work (most aren’t), they should see one of our associates in another office. There are other types of dental anesthesia available. 

Thanks to our Dental Assistant, Lesley, for her help on this post. Visit Lesley at Kits Family Dental in Vancouver, BC for your next check up, or scheduled/necessary dental work! 

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Westender Awards us Best Dentist in Vancouver 2017

2017 Westender: Best Dentist in Vancouver – Again!

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We’re thrilled to have won Best Dentist in Vancouver in 2017 from the Westender Magazine! Thanks to everyone who voted. Also, it’s our 10th anniversary as an office. Wow! 

Other awards we’ve won lately:

2016 Best of Vancouver Winners’ Circle Best Dentist in Vancouver

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We are in the Winners Circle for best dentist in Vancouver in the Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver Award 2016. We are also celebrating our 10 year anniversary!

A huge thank you to all who voted for us in this esteemed Georgia Straight award. We are very proud to have been providing dentistry in Kitsilano for 10 years now and look forward to seeing you at your next appointment.

Thanks for Voting us in the Winner’s Circle

Here’s our blurb from the Georgia Straight:

Celebrating 10 Years in Kitsilano

Kits Family Dental

Kits Family Dental is celebrating their 10-year anniversary. Dr. Robin Mak and Dr. Sakura Iwagami both graduated from the faculty of Dentistry at UBC, and have been happily seeing children and adults in their family-style practice. Between the two experienced doctors, they are able to handle everything from Invisalign clear braces and restorative and cosmetic dentistry, to seeing even the youngest child patients.

Also, a big thank you to The Georgia Straight for featuring us again this year as best dentist in Vancouver.

Read our post on the awards we’ve won in previous years from The Georgia Straight and also from Westender magazine for Best Dentist in Vancouver.






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We are now a team of Three Female Dentists Vancouver BC

Kits Family Dental now has a team of three female dentists Vancouver BC

Female dentist Vancouver BC, Dr. Robin Mak

Dr. Robin Mak

One of three female dentists at this Vancouver/Kitsilano practice, Dr. Robin Mak has been providing quality, gentle dental care since 2006 and is the principal at Kits Family Dental. Born and raised in Vancouver BC, Robin Mak followed in her father’s footsteps and graduated from UBC’s Faculty of Dentistry in 2006.

Robin’s professional associations and memberships include the Canadian Dental Association, the College of Dental Surgeons of BC, the British Columbia Dental Association, and the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies.

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Dr. Sakura Iwagami

Also at Kits Family Dental is Dr. Sakura Iwagami, another female dentist. Dr. Iwagami has been working in the Lower Mainland since 2003 as a general dentist. She grew up in Burnaby, BC, and is a second generation Japanese-Canadian. Dr. Iwagami completed her dental degree in 2003 at UBC. She has worked in various family dental practice settings and even participated in a volunteer dental mission to Guatemala.

Dr. Courtney Butler

Dr Courtney Butler - female dentists Vancouver, Female dentists in Vancouver BCDr. Courtney Butler is starting with Kits Family Dental in January 2017, Tuesdays only.
Dr. Butler was born and raised in Vancouver. She obtained her Bachelor of Science with distinction degree from the University of Victoria and completed her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree at UBC.

Dr. Butler comes from a family of health care professionals and is dedicated to healing and caring for others. Her father is an eye surgeon and her mother is a registered nurse. Also, she has had extensive volunteer experience in dentistry both here in Canada and abroad, including East Vancouver, Chemainus, Vietnam and Guatemala!

Her patients best interests always come first and her philosophy is to provide the highest quality treatment for patients in a comprehensive, conservative and comfortable manner.

Welcome to Kits Family Dental Dr. Butler! We look forward to working with you and having you share in our wonderful community of patients, dentists and staff.

Read more about Dr. Robin Mak, Dr. Iwagami and Dr. Butler on our Team page. We’re pleased to offer three female dentists in Vancouver BC to provide quality, gentle dental care for your whole family.





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