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A Vernon dentist with a unique, long-term approach to avoid costly and painful surprises.
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Why do I keep getting Cavities?

Many patients are frustrated when they brush and floss daily, eat a low sugar, low acid diet, and yet still get cavities. In this post I’ll discuss the modern concept of bacterial susceptibility. To form a cavity, you must have 3 key things: Bacteria on your teeth...

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Common Decay-Causing Foods

Hidden Culprits:  Foods you’ll be surprised cause tooth decay I wrote in an earlier post about how cavities form and how you can strengthen your teeth against them.  In this post, I’m going to dive into more detail regarding food and drink that are cause cavities. ...

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Dental Fast Facts

48 hours: The time it takes for Plaque to solidify on teeth.  The next layer piles on top and the cycle continues until you see a visible buildup of hard brownish-black material.  This is why I recommend flossing a minimum of once every 2 days. 3%:...

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Tooth Whitening 101

There are a few ways to brighten up your smile, with bleaching being one of the most popular due to its ease and low cost.  One big advantage of bleaching is that it's a very conservative, minimally invasive way to really improve your smile.  In...

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Prehistoric Teeth with Decay?

I saw a link to this video in this Morning's Vancouver Sun Online: Early Evidence of tooth Decay? There's a problem here…that's not tooth decay!  The pictured teeth show nothing more than wear brought about by an abrasive diet, followed by dentin erosion (pitting) due to the...

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Dental Implants: Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few of the most common questions I hear daily from Patients regarding Dental Implants: What is a dental Implant? A modern dental implant is a threaded titanium post that is surgically placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw.  Following placement, your...

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