Monday, 2 November 2015

Teeth Whitening

We at Homer Dental  will always try to show you different options when it comes to choosing what to do with your teeth.

Before and After

Most things change over time, your teeth are no different.  Today we are going to share some information about teeth whitening.  Many different factors contribute to the discoloration of our teeth. As we age our teeth change colour. This can be due to what we eat and drink or just our DNA make. Even if we brush, floss, and go for our regular checkups our teeth naturally become less bright over time.  Even environmental factors such as air quality can contribute to teeth losing their natural radiance. Professional teeth whitening is an effective way to lighten, brighten, and  eliminate  stains. We all want that naturally white smile. Nowadays teeth whitening is a common practice.  And like anything there are choices. You can either whiten your teeth at home or you can go and see your dentist to get the procedure done.  If you choose to  go to the drugstore you will find ample shelf space dedicated to tooth whitening products.  There are many over-the-counter  name brand products to choose from. However if you are unsure or squeamish about the whole at home whitening thing the best thing to do is go and speak to your dentist. Getting your teeth professionally whitened might be the best option for you.  Dentist-supervised treatments are safer and  offer more dependable results.

One thing to be aware of when whitening your teeth is that the results will vary depending on the treatment you choose.  Most people are satisfied with the outcome of their whitening treatment as the teeth become shades lighter making your smile brighter.  Most people are very pleased with their bright new smile  following the professional procedure.

The terms "whitening" and "bleaching" are often used interchangeably. However the FDA uses the term "bleaching"  to define only products that contain bleach better known as hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)/carbamide peroxide (CH6N2O3). Bleaching can lighten teeth shades beyond their natural shade state.

Teeth whitening is a common practice and a low-risk procedure today. As this is a non-invasive procedure the side effects seen are mild and rare.
Not only can whitening teeth contribute to one's overall dental health it can  also help achieve that pearly white smile that often boosts one's self confidence.

The Cost of whitening one's teeth will depend upon which type of treatment is chosen, your dentist, the duration of your treatment, and more. The Average cost of an over the counter treatment at home treatment is about $50.00. You can get cheaper but like anything the cheaper something less effective it can become hazardous. One should be aware of the levels of peroxide in each brand as that can have a damaging effect.

The take home treatments from the dentist are usually around $200 dollars. Some dentists even throw this in if you go to them for your initial procedure.  In office dentist whitening is usually between $200 and $400 a visit.  It is however the most effective and safest route to go. You are being monitored, cared for, and in the hands of trained professionals.

Each of these methods vary with risks, price, and outcome. There are different 

dentists, different brands, different cost, different teeth. All these things contribute to the

outcome and experience of teeth whitening The best thing we can say about teeth whitening

is that when done properly patients feel more confident, happy and ready to smile. They 

truly have a pearly white smile.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

How Well do you know your teeth?

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As adults, we know the value of taking care of our teeth. As children, we have to be taught not only about our teeth but why taking care of them is so important. If we were to ask people how many teeth they have many may  not be able to answer without counting. This led us to believe that we should share what we know about the tooth.

We have 32 as adults. Children have less and begin to lose them at about age six. Losing our baby teeth is a rite of passage and the first sign of growing up. Parents coo over this by saving teeth and pretending to be the tooth fairy.  We continue to lose our baby teeth into our teens. Our permanent adult teeth replace all those baby teeth we lost plus some. As adults we have 8 incisors, 4 canines, 8 premolars, and 12 molars, these include our 4 wisdom teeth.

Our teeth are the first step in the digestive process. We use all parts of our mouth to chew, cut up and begin to digest our food. Our teeth help us break apart the food and our saliva begins the process of digesting that food. Our teeth are located in our upper and lower jaw bones and are supported by gingival tissues (better known as gums). A tooth is similar to a plant; some parts you can see and some parts you can't. The part of the tooth that can be seen is called the 'crown.' It would be similar to the flower and stem of the plant. It is the viable portion of the tooth. The neck is the section between the tooth and root, it is small and located where your gums are. The root area is the remaining part of the tooth, and is the buried part of the tooth, much like a plant’s root systems. A tooth’s root system extends past the  gums and  into the jaw bone. We call these root systems or roots  the 'dental root.'

Along with these parts of the tooth, the tooth is also made up of various layers. We will go from outside in. The outer part of the crown (the part of the tooth you can see) is covered by enamel. That Enamel is a very hard substance rather like a crystal. This enamel helps protect our teeth from daily wear and tear. Just below the enamel is a layer that is softer called ‘Dentin.’ Dentin is much like bone and makes up most of our tooth. It is what gives our teeth their colour. At the core of a tooth, you will find what we call ‘Pulp.’ Inside the pulp chamber (where the pulp is located) blood vessels and nerves enter the tooth and become part of the pulp. These nerves feed the tooth nutrients which keep it alive. The last part of the tooth to mention is called ‘Apical Foramen.’ The Apical Foramen is a small opening at the top of each root which allows the nerves and blood vessels into the tooth.

We at Homer Dental believe that taking care of your teeth is a process. And the first step in that process is understanding your teeth.  

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Canadian Dental insurance

Do You want to know more about your dental insurance? What kind of options are out?

This is a rather large topic. We are writting just a snippet of an overview to help people being to understand their dental heal insurence options. The adoption of the Canadian Health Act in 1984 meant Canadians across the country were given access to basic health services. There were some notable exemptions against the vast array of services offered most especially dental. Canadians either pay out of pocket for dental services or contribute to a health plan. These plans are acquired through a group plan from employers or personally.
According to the latest Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS), 62% of Canadian have private dental insurance. This means that a third of Canadians do NOT have dental insurance. For families in the lower income brackets in British Columbia, who qualify for MSP premium assistance, they have access to the Healthy Kids program which covers $1400 of basic dental services every two years.
Shifting towards private health insurance options, Pacific Blue Cross has a stand-alone dental insurance that lower cost monthly but only covers 60% of cost for the first year. Though this coverage increases to 80% by the third year. The rate starts at $29 for a single person to $96 for a family. Comparing insurance quotes is not the focus of this article.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach since everyone is in a unique situation. Each family needs to evaluate how their budget can fit the plan as well as emergencies. Comparing the monthly cost to the coverage stated in the plan will help families decide. Some plans may be more expensive monthly but have no wait time before they are enacted which may be helpful depending on the circumstances. Thankfully insurances websites make it easy to have multiple quotes open so families can quickly compare and find the best plan for them.

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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Mercury A HeavyMetal and A Poison. Should We Still Be Using Mercury Fillings?

Mercury A HeavyMetal and A Poison. 
Should We Still Be Using Mercury Fillings?

Do you still have Mercury fillings in your teeth?  Heavy metals–like mercury are toxic to our bodies. High levels of mercury can contribute to chronic fatigue syndrome, muscle pain, twitches, insomnia and anxiety to name a few. In the past 100 years Mercury levels have dramatically increased in the environment. Industrialization was a major contributing factor.
Mercury is lipophilic, which means that it concentrates in fatty tissues. As the brain is mostly fatty tissue Mercury seems to concentrate there. Inorganic mercury from dental fillings (amalgams) can affect and does affect the body once this mercury is in your body it is primarily distributed in the kidneys and brain. Although mercury can be dispelled from the body it has an affinity for sulfur-containing molecules and can bind to them causing a build up in the fatty tissue.
Mercury from silver dental fillings (amalgam) is constantly absorbed into your body from chewing, brushing, grinding, and even slow corrosion. There is a large question about these silver fillings causing toxic levels of mercury in our bodies. Mercury has a long half life and sticks around for up to 18 years after fillings have been removed from the body. The American Dental Association states that the use of amalgam fillings is   safe. However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) believes old mercury fillings (removed from the body) are toxic waste and therefore, has to be disposed of in such a way as not to contaminate landfills.  So mercury fillings our mouths are still considered a normal practice but they cannot be throwing in the garbage due to safety concerns. That doesn't seem to make sense.
Research forces us to question the safety of certain types of fillings.  Silver filling can be removed safely and effectively if done by a trained dentist. Have you asked your doctor about your mercury fillings and if so, what was their response?

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(iv) Prochazkova, J., et al. The beneficial effect of amalgam replacement on health in patients with autoimmunity. Neuroendocrinology Letters. 2004; 25(3): 211-218.
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Sunday, 6 September 2015

Improved Technology: Visiting your 

Dentist in the 21st century

As summer ends and school starts up again it is time to catch up on your to-do list. Visiting the dentist for your bi-annual cleaning and checkup is a great way to check on your overall health as well as maintaining your smile and oral health. Technology is at the centre of how your dentist makes your visit comfortable and quick.

Long gone are the days of pulling teeth to fix your toothache. Dentistry continues to evolve every year so that adults barely recognize the dentist’s office from their youth. Improvements in preventative care, sedation, pain relief, cosmetics, and restorations revolutionize nearly every procedure so that more reliable and safer than ever imagined. Even visiting 123 Dentist clinic has improved from check-in to transferring your files.

Your Teeth before Retirement

The easiest way to have good oral health in the future is to take care of them now. Flossing once a blue moon and skipping brushing once a day are habits that you need to change now. Taking care of them presently means they will be within your twilight years. Watch out more damaging your enamel, keeping gum disease in check, and keeping receding gums in check.

Dry Mouth: Lack of saliva can be a factor of some medical conditions such as diabetes and cancer treatments. It is also normal to lose saliva as you age which can cause other dental issues

Darkened teeth: A lifetime of staining food and drink will show their effects over time and change the dentin

Diminished taste: Medications, diseases, and other effects of aging can change your taste

Root Decay: While not a new problem it becomes more difficult to manage as you aged. This is especially if you did not take care of your teeth when you were younger.

Gum Disease: Plaque buildup means decay and receding gums. This can lead to loose teeth with means

Tooth Loss: Take care of them or lose them. It is that simple.

Oral Health for Seniors: Your Teeth beyond Retirement

Getting older is something we all experience and people are living longer than ever. This means you need to keep your teeth maintenance more rigorous to keep your oral health up through your longer and fuller life. For the most part, dental health is slowly increasing vigilance rather than an abrupt change at some particular age. Just like diet and exercise, oral health is important to have healthy and rich life.

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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Homer Dental Centre
Another 5Star review from one of our patients# Invisalign#cosmetic dentistry#painless dentistry#best Vancouver dentist#best yaletown dentist
Layla Sade
a week ago-

We had a great experience at homer dental!! I took both my kids to dr moji for cleaning and a few fillings. Dr moji was so kind and caring and took care of their fillings without one tear being shed!! Both my kids loved her and they told all their friends about their amazing and favorite dentist!! We had a great experience at homer dental. I totally recommend Dr moji to everyone who is looking to have not only a confident but loving and caring dentist!


Monday, 22 June 2015

Sanaz Gharedaghi
Sanaz Gharedaghi
It seems strange to love your dentist but I do. All I can say is that Dr. Motamedian exceeded my expectations. She is professional, meticulous, detailed, and honest. She also has a great manner with her patients and seems to remember what is going on outside of the dentist chair.The office staff is super helpful. You don't wait and they were always willing to squeeze me in as needed.