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 at Kits Family Dental

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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.

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

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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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Dental Myths – I Am Too Old For Braces, Cavities Hurt…

Thank you Dental Care of Stamford for this wonderful infographic. We loved it so much we wanted to share it on our site.

For example,  did you know that frequency, not quantity, of sugar is the real cause of cavities? Read on!

Am I Too Old for Braces - Dental Myths


A Little More Info on the Above Topic:

Am I Too Old For Braces?

Many adults even into their 80’s are getting braces. There is a modern technology called Six Month Smiles that utilizes clear brackets and tooth colored wires so that aesthetically during the treatment the braces are much, much less noticeable than traditional metal colored braces. And the average treatment time is only 6 months!

Are My Headaches Caused by Stress?

We’ve all heard people talk about a ‘stress headache’, but is this a real thing? Many headaches are actually caused by teeth clenching, and the teeth clenching can be caused by an uneven bite. The good news is that an uneven bite can be fixed by the dentist.

Should I Brush When My Gums Bleed?

Some people believe that when brushing leads to bleeding gums that they should hold off brushing. Quite the contrary! Regular brushing and flossing is the way to help the gums to heal.

Do Cavities Hurt?

Surface level cavities won’t hurt at all. In fact, that’s the best time to catch them. Even large cavities may not hurt because the nerve may have been killed by the decay. You often can’t see the cavities visually with just the eye because they can be between teeth or even below the surface. So, assuming that your teeth are fine because they don’t hurt isn’t a good strategy. Regular dental cleanings and check-ups are the best plan.

Does Putting Aspirin on a Toothache Work?

This will not work, the aspirin can burn your gums. Don’t do this one!

Is Home Teeth Whitening as Good as Professional Teeth Whitening?

Teeth whitening guided by your dentist is highly recommended. This is because your dental work such as crowns and fillings won’t be affected by the bleaching. So as you can imagine, the end result can be less than ideal. See your dentist for suggestions on how to proceed.

Is it the Amount of Sugar That Causes Tooth Decay?

Well, sort of. Obviously if someone eats very little sugar compared to someone who eats sugar regularly, the first person can be much less prone to cavities. But there’s more to it. How OFTEN sugar is consumed is the more important factor than how MUCH sugar is consumed. Think of it like this, small snacks containing sugar eaten over the course of the day are much worse for your teeth than consuming one large, sugary dessert after dinner.

If you love info graphics, see our previous posts:

Easy to Understand Info on Teeth Implants by Kits Family Dental
Where to Buy Kids Mouthguards in Vancouver
Dental Options to Replace Missing Teeth

About Kits Family Dental

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Dr. Robin Mak, Dr. Sakura Iwagami and their team practice general dentistry, and love seeing young children and pediatric patients too. If you’re here to learn more about our incredible team, the dental clinic in Kitsilano where we do our work, and the products we offer to help attain and maintain your optimum oral health, you’re most certainly in the right place. We hope to see you soon! Check us out on our About page.


























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How to Temporarily Fix a Loose Wire on Braces & Other Tips

Fix a Loose Wire on Braces

Do you know how to fix a loose wire on braces? Have a look at the following info graphic from Smiles Dental. It’s great if you’re wondering how to deal with the discomforts that sometimes occur with wearing braces. Sometimes the brace wire will be poking you and it will be a few hours or more until you can get into the office. Same goes with a loose band, bracket or wire or a sore mouth.

What Foods to Avoid When Wearing Braces

With an orthodontic consultation there is often a lot of information to take in. People sometimes get confused or forget which foods they should avoid when wearing braces and why. That is covered well here too.

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Kits Family Dental Does Invisalign

We don’t do braces at Kits Family Dental, but we can care for your teeth while you do wear braces. We do, however, offer Invisalign, a non-wire system of invisible braces. Check out more on Invisalign Clear Braces Vancouver here. 

About Kits Family Dental

Kits Family Dental is a team of Vancouver dentists, conveniently located in Kitsilano in Vancouver, BC. We have flexible morning, evening, and weekend hours to easily accommodate your entire family.

We treat patients of all ages, from your baby at 6 months old to people well into their retirement years.
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.

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Walk in Dental Clinic Vancouver – Kitsilano Dentist Office

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Walk in Dental Clinic Vancouver

We know how it is… life can be too busy and scheduling appointments can be difficult. Popping in when you have the time and energy sometimes works much better. Even though our office is busy, we like to have some flexibility for patients to walk in and be seen without a scheduled appointment.

If you need to see a dentist and our location in Kitsilano is convenient, then feel free to pop in or call (604.738.1816) and check if we are able to see you at least at some point that day if not right away.

Note that we are also open one Saturday a month (except June, July, August, no Saturdays). This is a great help for people who don’t want to take time off or for parents who prefer to take their kids to the dentist on the weekend. It can be a good alternative to either missing school or dragging the kids somewhere after an already long day.

We’re located in Kitsilano near Broadway and Arbutus – 209-2223 West Broadway.

Have a look at the video we put together so you can see the office exterior, the waiting area, reception area and patient treatment rooms. Many people feel more comfortable going somewhere new if they have an idea what to expect. Watch the video>>


There is an underground parking lot which charges $1.00/hour. You enter the parking lot from Yew Street.
There is metered parking on Broadway Street.
You may be able to find free parking on Vine Street, Yew Street or 7th Avenue.


Our dentist office is open at least one Saturday per month (except June, July, August, no Saturdays).


We’ll see you soon! Book Online | 604.738.1816 |


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