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Buy Plaque HD in Vancouver – Plaque Coloring Toothpaste

buy plaque HD in Vancouver, plaque hd professional toothpaste vancouverYou can now buy Plaque HD in Vancouver!

Plaque HD toothpaste is a great product because it shows people where the plaque is by coloring it green/blue so they have to brush it off. This product is great for orthodontic patients or anyone older than 6 years old that is not doing a good job brushing.

Plaque HD toothpaste is $18.00 a tube and comes in two flavours: mint or berry bubblegum.

Find out more on the Plaque HD Toothpaste Website

Buy Plaque HD in Vancouver BC at Kits Family Dental.

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Silver Diamine Fluoride Can Stop Cavities!

For young children it is useful it delay treatment to when they are older or even until the tooth naturally falls out on its own.

Silver Diamine Flouride Vancouver – finally!

We wanted to blog about an exciting new treatment we have in our office: Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF), a topical application known to slow down/arrest cavities.

About Silver Diamine Fluoride

Silver Diamine Floride (SDF) is a topical, non-invasive procedure. Dentists apply it to affected areas 2 times a year for at least 2 years. It has been shown in studies to potentially arrest/stop cavities up to 70%.

The main drawback is that it causes the affected tooth structure to turn black, therefore it is indicated for situations where you cannot do a filling due to age, or behavior. Also for health concerns for baby teeth or teeth that are not an aesthetic concern. For young children, it is sometimes advised to delay treatment to when they are older or even until the tooth naturally falls out on its own. Speak to your dentist about what is best. 

The American Dental Association says that Silver Diamine Flouride is a useful treatment for small children, and it can also be used as management for root caries in elderly people.

The SDF (Silver Diamine Fluoride) treatment is $32.80 CAD and is covered by some dental plans. Check to see if your plan covers it! 

Here is the consent form – Silver Diamine Fluoride in Vancouver – Consent Form. This form offers more info on the treatment.

About Kits Family Dental in Vancouver, BC

Our goal is to provide high-quality, preventive dentistry to all our patients. Our focus and commitment is towards patient education. From teaching parents how to care for their babies’ and young children’s teeth, to giving adolescents and adults the special care they may need to restore their oral health, we are here to help and guide you every step of the way.
Our dedicated and friendly staff provide an easy-going office environment where we value your health, dental concerns, and personal choices. Together, we can give you the tools to prevent decay and maintain your optimal oral health.

We are located in Kitsilano at 209-2223 West Broadway, one block west of Arbutus. See more contact details >>

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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.

Find out about Home Remedies For Sensitive Teeth in our previous blog post. Our recent post on understanding the many toothpaste options available may also be of interest, especially the Abrasiveness Index of Common Toothpastes.

The wonderful infographic is from DentalCareMatters.com. Read their full post here.

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

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So Many Toothpaste Options! How to Choose?

Toothpaste options galore! Sometimes our patients tell us they just want to buy plain, old, regular fluoride toothpaste. When they are out 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 so many different types, each tailored to specific needs.

However, some toothpaste options are great.

In this post, we will try to weed through the many options of toothpaste that are available. 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 bit easier for that moment!

Toothpaste Options - Choosing a Toothpaste, toothpaste differences


Here’s a bullet list that sums up the infographic. Sometimes seeing information presented in more than one way makes it easier to consume.

  • ADA Accepted – well it is an American infographic, but next time you’re shopping in the states for toothpaste at least you’ll know what it means. Basically it has met the American Dental Association’s criteria for safety and effectiveness. Also, that the claims made on the package have been verified.
  • Fluoride – pretty self explanatory. The toothpaste either contains fluoride or not. Fluoride has been proven to be an amazing cavity fighter. There have been many scientific studies as well as what we see in our clinic as to children who grow up in cities with fluoridated water have far fewer cavities. Consider fluoride rinse or tablets for yourself or your child.
  • Tartar-control – this toothpaste will minimize the build up of hardened plaque which is also known as tartar. It won’t remove existing tartar though. Sometimes tartar-control toothpaste can cause increased tooth sensitivity.
  • Whitening – don’t expect much in the way of results from these. Whitening toothpaste may remove surface stains but don’t change the color of the teeth.
  • Abrasives – all toothpastes contain abrasives to help clean the teeth. Too much abrasiveness can be bad, ADA-accepted toothpastes lie within reasonable limits. Here is a list of many common toothpastes with their level of abrasiveness. Low abrasive is 0 and regarded as harmful is 150-250. Interesting to see some common toothpastes in that harmful area. Abrasiveness Index of Common Toothpastes.
  • Antimicrobial toothpastes contain Triclosan which can help to reduce dental plaque, gingivitis and bad breath. There are some safety concerns about this compound and both Canada and the USA are researching it more.
  • SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) is a foaming agent that may increase canker sore frequency. Look for SLS-free if that is a concern for you.

Not to confuse the issue but we do sell MI Paste in our office. This paste helps to remineralize the surface of the teeth and can be applied directly where it’s needed. It is excellent for strengthening tooth enamel and reducing sensitivity.

As well as Plaque HD toothpaste (it colours plaque so you can more easily brush it off), we have take-home whitening kits available and we also sell Sonicare electric toothbrushes.

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

The infographic is from animated-teeth.com.

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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: http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-cure-bad-breath-dentist-tips-2016-12

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: 

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:

Bridges

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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