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A message from Crystal Dental Centre

March 14th, 2020  |  Published in Articles, Highlight

As many of you know, there has recently been increased attention regarding Coronavirus-related developments. As such, we feel it is necessary to let our patients know that we are aware of the evolving situation and are taking appropriate precautionary measures to prevent transmission. Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our patients and employees.

As of March 12, 5:45pm PDT, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has assessed the public health risk associated with COVID-19 as low for Canada, and Vancouver Coastal Health says the risk of coronavirus disease transmission continues to remain low for residents of British Columbia. While the risk remains low, we recognize that patients may have some questions about how we’re responding to this situation.

Being in a highly regulated field of dentistry we are already held to extremely high standards to operate in a clean environment. We have many measures in place above and beyond the required IPAC (infection prevention and control) expectations from Public Health authorities of British Columbia. However, given the situation we want to ensure the safety of our patients and staff by taking further actions to prevent potential spread of COVID-19:

We are asking patients a series of screening questions regarding recent travel and/or symptoms related to the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, we have implemented increased frequency of cleaning and wipe down sessions of our patient lounge and front desk/business desk.

We strongly encourage patients with symptoms of cough, headache, fever, or shortness of breath to refrain from attending their appointments, instead to stay at home and contact HealthLink BC at 8-1-1 for further counsel. Furthermore, we advise anyone returning from outside of Canada to remain at home for at least 2 weeks and to self-monitor/avoid outside contact.

Though the risk is currently low in Canada, we feel it is best practice to implement these strategies now ahead of time to ensure our preparedness and to protect our patients and staff. Our entire team has been briefed on our prevention and control policies and will continue to take any additional steps that are deemed necessary.

We thank you for your patience as we make changes to provide you with the best possible service during this fluid situation. Please feel free to contact us with with any questions or concerns you may have.

From our family to yours, we wish you good health.

Crystal Dental Centre

Useful resources

We encourage our members to stay informed about the facts surrounding COVID-19 and recommend the following links to qualified authorities:

Public Health Agency of Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health.html
World Health Organization https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus
Government Travel Advice and Advisories https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/latest-travel-health-advice.html
PDC and Vancouver Coastal Health http://www.vch.ca/about-us/news/news-releases/covid-19-notification-for-attendees-of-pacific-dental-conference-2020

Diet and dental health

March 3rd, 2012  |  Published in Articles

You know that what you eat can make a difference in the way you feel and perform. That is why you should try to choose foods that will help your body stay strong and healthy. But did you know that your choice of foods and your eating patterns also may affect your dental health?

How does diet affect dental health?

If your diet is low in certain nutrients, it may be harder for the tissues of your mouth to resist infection. This may be a contributing factor to periodontal (gum) disease, the main cause of tooth loss in adults. Although poor nutrition does not actually cause periodontal disease, many researchers believe that the disease progresses faster and is more severe in patients whose diet does not supply the necessary nutrients.

To make sure that you are getting enough nutrients for good general and oral health, you should choose foods from the four basic food groups: fruits and vegetables, breads and cereals, milk and dairy products, and meat, fish and eggs. When you do snack, avoid soft, sweet, sticky foods, such as cakes, candy and dried fruits, that cling to your teeth and promote tooth decay.

Instead, choose dentally healthy foods such as nuts, raw vegetables, plain yoghurt, cheese, popcorn and sugarless gum or candy. To have a diet that promotes dental health, you must develop sensible eating habits.

Baby bottle tooth decay

February 28th, 2012  |  Published in Articles

As a experienced Dentists with the highest reputation and expertise in this field we like to share this article about Baby bottle caries. It’is a dental condition that can destroy the teeth of an infant or young child. The upper front teeth are the most susceptible to damage, but other teeth also may be affected.

What causes baby bottle tooth decay?
Baby bottle tooth decay is caused by the frequent and long-term exposure of a child’s teeth to liquids containing sugars. Among these liquids are milk, formula, fruit juice, fizzy sweetened drinks, and other sweetened drinks. The sugars in these liquids pool around the infant’s teeth and gums, feeding the bacteria that cause plaque. Every time your child consumes a sugary liquid, acid attacks his/her teeth. After numerous  attacks, tooth decay can occur, resulting in baby bottle tooth decay. Parents and carers should be especially concerned with giving an infant a sugary drink at nap or night time. During sleep, the flow of saliva decreases, allowing the sugary liquids to pool around the child’s teeth for an extended period of time.

How to prevent baby bottle tooth decay?
Parents sometimes do not realize that baby’s teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they appear in the infant’s mouth. By the time the decay is noticed, it may be too late to save the child’s teeth. You can prevent this from happening to your child’s teeth by knowing how to protect them. • Breast feed your baby.
• After each feeding wipe the child’s teeth and gums with a damp washcloth or small soft toothbrush to remove plaque.
• Begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts.
• Flossing should begin when all primary teeth have erupted, usually by age 2 or 2 1/2.
• Never allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle containing a sweetened liquid.
• If your child refuses to fall asleep without a bottle, simply fill it with water and nothing else
• If your local water supply does not contain enough decay-fighting fluoride, check with your dentist to see if your child  should receive fluoride supplements.
• Start dental visits between six and twelve months of age.

How serious is baby bottle tooth decay?
Baby bottle tooth decay can cause painful toothaches which can hinder eating. Severely decayed teeth can become infected and need to be extracted. If your child’s teeth are infected or lost too early due to baby bottle tooth decay, your child may have some of these problems:
• Poor eating habits
• Speech problems
• Crooked teeth
• Damaged adult (permanent) teeth
• Yellow or brown adult (permanent) teeth

Recomendation of Crystal Dental Dentists in Metrotown, Burnaby:
Keep your child happy and smiling by preventing baby bottle tooth decay.

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It all begins with a smile

February 25th, 2012  |  Published in Articles, Featured

Like it or not, we live in a beauty-conscious society. Not all of the ‘beautiful people’ were born that way, however. Many have helped nature along by taking advantage of plastic surgery, as well as cosmetic dentistry. Melanie Griffith, Cher, Jane Fonda, to name just a few, have all openly displayed the results of their cosmetic surgery to the world.

Fortunately such self-improvement is no longer the exclusive domain of the rich and famous. Nor is it considered a sign of self-indulgence or vanity. Quite the contrary, taking steps to improve your appearance today is considered an investment in your health and well-being, and it is as socially acceptable as it is personally gratifying. In our modern competitive society, a pleasing appearance often means the difference between success and failure in both our personal and professional lives. Because the mouth is one of the focal points of the face, it should come as no surprise that the smile plays a major role in how we perceive ourselves, as well as in the impressions we make on the people around us. If you would like to improve your confidence we have the expertise to recommend the most appropriate course of cosmetic dental treatment.

Amalgam fillings

Many of the Clinic’s Patients voiced their concerns about the mercury contained in this material, not to mention the copper, zinc and silver.  The metals pollute both our Clinic and our local environment.

Tooth Coloured Materials

We only use tooth coloured restorations now. Special chemicals, that are fully bio-degradable, are used to clean the tooth surface, before the tooth-coloured filling material is bonded into position.The ‘super glues’ used are perfectly safe, and provided these tooth coloured fillings are placed in a suitably prepared tooth, they will last a minimum of 5 to 8 years, dependant on the size of the restoration, and how much tooth structure it replaces. The larger the restoration, the less time they will last, and for many of the larger restorations, you should be considering a crown to fully restore the tooth to its original shape and function.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin porcelain coverings, similar to false finger nails. They are superglued to natural tooth tissue, and can be used to disguise the original colour, shade or shape; in fact any facet that you find embarrassing about your teeth.

Bleaching Systems

Bleaching teeth is a very effective way to brighten and lighten dark or stained teeth. This technique has particular application for upper and lower front teeth. It takes about 2 to 3 weeks, and can create a permanent colour change. The systems we use here are designed to be used at home, so that you are in control of the final shade and colour. All the chemicals used in these systems have been extensively researched and are safe as prescribed.

Together with us you can learn to look after yourself!

Earn a Starbucks Card …

February 24th, 2012  |  Published in Articles, Featured

Web Special:

Refer a friend and earn a Starbucks Card

Our practice continues to grow and thrive because of your “word of mouth”.
We appreciate you referring your friends, family, and co-workers.
Every time you send us a new patient for dental services, we will give you a complimentary gift.

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How often should I see my dentist?

February 21st, 2012  |  Published in Articles, Featured

We used to recommend that you come into the Clinic every 6 months. This outdated and old fashioned approach has no real  clinical basis at all. Our Burnaby Dental Clinic will recall you by our computerised system at the interval set in discussion with you, our Patient, our hygienist, and the Dentist. Once your dental health has been assessed, and any problems sorted out, you should see your Hygienist or Dentist  every 3, 4 or 6 months. You will be recalled more often if you are prone to Periodontal disease. Infants should see a dentist at about 12 months of age.

BOTOX®

February 19th, 2012  |  Published in Articles

Stop The Clock!

botox at dental officeBotox Cosmetic is a natural purified protein that relaxes wrinkle causing muscles, creating a smoother & improved appearance.

BOTOX® is the most popular, non-surgical cosmetic treatment in North America, for women and men seeking wrinkle reduction.  It is most commonly used to reduce or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes, lines on the upper lip and thick bands in the neck.

To help you look as young as you feel Dr. Goran is pleased to announce the availability of BOTOX® Cosmetic through his Crystal Dental office in Burnaby. It is administered through a series of injections, washing away the signs of aging by relaxing those muscles in treatment sessions lasting from 10 to 15 minutes.Physician-administered to millions of youth conscious patients across North America, results appear within days of treatment and last up to four months.

It’s a trusted therapeutic choice used safely and successfully for wrinkle therapy for over 20 years.  Botox is a purified protein which is safely metabolised by the body.  There is no permanent side effect known with BOTOX therapy for facial wrinkles.  There is no downtime with this procedure.  The appointments are short, and you are fine to carry on with your day as normal, no one will be able to tell you had it done.  It allows for natural movement of the face.  Results last 3-4 months.

Why are dentists a good clinician choice when it comes to administering botox?

Dentists are:

  • head and neck experts
  • understand the importance of a complete exam and medical history
  • do facial injections all day long
  • work in an appropriate clinical setting
  • understand the importance of asepsis and always use sterile instruments or ‘once only’ disposables
  • have appropriate liability insurance
  • can discuss all your aesthetic concerns of your face, your smile and your teeth

For more information or to find out if Botox can work for you, contact your Crystal Dental Centre for a Complimentary Cosmetic Consult.

Hygiene and Maintenance Services

January 9th, 2012  |  Published in Articles, Featured

The basis of modern dentistry is understanding the disease process and preventing it. For this reason, our hygiene department will be the undeniable cornerstone of our services and therefore, will be the most valuable resource that we offer you. The goal of our hygiene department is to achieve optimum periodontal health and show you how to maintain your gums and teeth through effective home care procedures.

Your dental hygienist is specifically trained and responsible for the delivery of these important services. Their roles will include:

  • Removing all debris (plaque, calculus and stain) from your teeth.
  • Providing you with the tools and skills necessary to keep the debris to a minimum.
  • Constantly evaluate both your gum health as well as home care efficiency.
  • Evaluate your specific susceptibility to dental disease.
  • Suggest hygiene appointment frequency and intervals (maintenance program).

Consider that not all people are equally susceptible to dental disease. While some have absolutely no dental disease, others will display susceptibility to either dental (tooth), periodontal (gum) or both disease processes.

Our first order of business is to advise you on any health recommendations such as smoking cessation.

Second order of treatment will be to mechanically remove as much calculus and plaque as possible. This will be limited by the extent of the gum disease as well as any areas which are difficult to access. Examples of this would be retained wisdom teeth or severely crowded teeth where access in between the teeth is difficult or impossible. Once we have removed as much of the bacteria from your mouth as possible, there will be an immediate healing process that takes place. This will continue for as long as the bacteria are kept away from the gums.

Our third order of treatment, and probably the single most important aspect of your oral health will be home care instruction. Simply put, much of your oral health and the ability to reduce your future dental treatments lies directly in your hands. Your hygienist will be carefully monitoring your home care techniques and will be encouraging you to do them on a daily basis. This is not as easy as you may think. First, we try to make this a daily habit. Even when this occurs, it may still not be dequate. Not to worry, once you have the habit, it simply becomes a matter of perfecting your technique. Home care techniques require a fair bit of manual skill and you cannot expect them to be perfect right off the mark. In many instances, with both hygiene treatments and home care, we will see continued healing and improvement for up to two years!

Consider that your dental health is not just about your situation today but about your ongoing dental health, especially as it relates to time and the ageing process. Certainly, not a very sexy subject, however, all of us are trying to limit the effects of ageing through various means. The mouth is no different and we continually see the effects of ageing. When we evaluate your dental health and create a treatment plan for you, we are looking at both your current situation as well as the future. Although you may be in good dental health today, we may notice factors such as progressing gum recessions which we will expect to continue and become a potential problem in the future. For this reason, we will be drawing your attention to these factors so that you/we can reduce the progression as much as possible and, if necessary, apply corrective treatments.

Our goal, currently, is to provide you with good dental health into your mid 90’s. This sounds rather astounding, but we have already found that an active lifestyle into the late 80’s is really nothing of note anymore. It is expected that within two generations, the majority of people will be surviving into their second century. What does this mean for those patients? It means that more time will be spent visiting all manor of health specialists (eyes, hearing, feet, spine, etc) including dentists. This means that we, in dentistry, have to become more proactive in the earlier years of our patient’s lives. If we consider that it is now unacceptable to lose one’s teeth at any time of life, we need to start the process during childhood.
It is now becoming clear to us that we need to prevent more disease in order to provide you with less treatment during your lifetime in order to avoid excessive treatments as you get older.

Its an obvious fact that the more disease that your teeth experience, the more treatments they receive and the more they become compromised. Also, the earlier in life that your teeth become diseased, the harder it will be to maintain them. The sooner we all realize this concept, the better your dental health will remain. For this reason, your dentist and hygienist will be constantly monitoring your gum health through pocket probing as well as recession values.

Whether we have completed your treatment plan or not, this maintenance process will be vital to your dental health. Needless to say that when patients fail to carry our their home care or to continue their professional visits with us, we will expect more dental breakdown than when the program had been followed

Remember, your hygienist is specially trained to provide you with the expertise to maintain your teeth and gums. Please contact us or let us know if you have any questions.

Tooth whitening and bleaching

December 23rd, 2011  |  Published in Articles, Featured

Enjoy your bright smile!

Patients are very interested in whitening teeth. This is because appearance is important to them, and they realize that the mouth and their smile is the focus of considerable attention, as we go through our daily routines.

If we feel good about our appearance we feel good about ourselves.

These good feelings in turn result in better relationships with those around us.

Bleaching procedures are not new in dentistry.

Traditionally whitening techniques are usually done by the patient at home. Much milder methods are used which are much gentler and easier to control. Its takes usually 7 to 10 days.

Other, faster method is attempting to bleach the teeth in one session at the dentist’s office. Its popular ZOOM Whitening System. Results are impressive and visible right away and teeth are whiter 5-7 shades !

We are proud to announce we are having very affordable price.

In most of dental offices prices are $500 or $600 but our promotion for one hour awesome ZOOM LED light whitening is $299 !

So, What do you need to do next if you want to have your teeth bleached and whitened?

First of all, your dentist should examine all of your teeth and determine the health of your mouth.

After treatment plans are made and you are ready to go ahead with bleaching.

What, if any, are the contra-indications for tooth bleaching? And which people should not have any bleaching process carried out? As of this writing we would not recommend bleaching for smokers. Smokers should stop smoking before having their teeth bleached. The smoking not only defeats the effect of bleaching but some authors are concerned about the mixture of hydrogen peroxide with smoking having a potentiating effect on tissue damage already known to be caused by smoking. As far as we are aware, pregnancy and other diseases are not a contra-indication.

Above all enjoy your bright smile!

For a permanent change, you should consider the placement of Veneers, and you can access this information from our Patient Information pages.

Fractures

August 10th, 2011  |  Published in Articles

Tooth fractures may involve enamel, dentin, or pulp and may occur in the crown or the root of a tooth.

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