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This is a communication gateway to current news and information from our dental clinic and from the rest of the world of oral health care.

This blog includes the most current information on dental technology, oral health guidelines, news about our practice, promotions and more! It is also intended as a forum where you can interact and let us know what you think. We encourage you to read and respond to the assortment of topics here, ranging from health, beauty, career, cuisine, technology, and family.

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Happy Halloween From Thunderbird Dental!

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 in blog

Happy Halloween to all our wonderful patients! We hope everyone had a happy, healthy and safe Halloween.

Our team had fun dressing up this year, check out our costumes by clicking on the photo below.

Happy Halloween

Vote & Win + Great Fun at the Walnut Grove Festival!

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 in blog

vote and win

 

Vote for Thunderbird Dental Group in the Langley Advance Best of the Best. If we win in the Best Dentist Category, you’re entered to win a Tablet or a $500 Visa Gift Card. Contest ends soon, so vote today!

Plus, come for fun prizes at the Walnut Grove Festival on June 22. It’s the perfect way to celebrate summer with the whole family!

Read more about the Festival here.

We hope to see you (and your smile) soon!

 

123DENTIST.COM DISCONTINUES AIR MILES™ reward miles PROGRAM

Posted on May 11, 2013 in blog

Please be advised that effective May 1, 2013 this clinic and all other clinics that are members of the 123Dentist.com Community Dentist Network will no longer be offering Air Miles(tm) reward miles.

If you have any questions, please contact us at your earliest convenience. Thank you!

10 Great Things You Can Do With Toothpaste

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 in blog

10 Great Things You Can Do With Toothpaste

At your Langley dentist, Thunderbird Dental Group, we recommend brushing your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for at least three minutes and at least twice a day as part of a healthy oral health care routine, but did you know you can also use toothpaste around the house?

Read on for the 10 things you can do with toothpaste – aside from achieving excellent oral health care:

  • Fix Insect Bites

Standard non-gel toothpaste can help relieve the itch from an insect bite and keep you from scratching at the site. Try it!

  • Sanitize Hands

In a pinch, toothpaste (and a little water) is a great hand sanitizer. As a bonus, if you’ve just chopped onions or garlic, you can neutralize the odour with a bit of toothpaste/water.

  • Fix Nail Holes

Nail holes generally require professional putty to fix but with a little bit of inexpensive toothpaste, you can fill in the hole and touch up with paint afterward.

  • Clean your Diamond Ring

By scrubbing your diamond ring with a little bit of toothpaste on an old toothbrush, you could have your diamond looking as if you had just bought it!

  • Help relieve burns

Always out of aloe? Put toothpaste on your burn right after it happens to help relieve the stinging sensation.

  • Removes crayon from wall paint

Little one been drawing on the walls again? Get a damp rag with a little bit of toothpaste on it and simply wipe away the residue.

  • Put up posters

Forget tape or thumb tacks, simply put a dab of toothpaste on the back of posters to hang it without damaging the wall.

  • Treat Acne

It is only recommended to use this tip at most once a week, but by putting a small dab of toothpaste on a pimple before bed, it should be cleared up by morning!

  • Remove scratches on glassware

Polish your scratched glasses with a dab of toothpaste and they should look like new instantly!

  • Prevent fog in goggles

Many swimmers swear by toothpaste for keeping their goggles free of fog. Simply wipe it on, clean it off and enjoy a fog-free view.

However, don’t forget toothpaste’s most important role! Brush twice daily, floss regularly and visit your Langley dentist, Thunderbird Dental Group,  for a fantastically healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off!

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Why Dental Extractions are Necessary

Posted on Jul 19, 2012 in blog

Why Dental Extractions are Necessary

Dental extractions (removing teeth) may be a necessary procedure to prevent tooth misalignment in the case of wisdom teeth or to maintain the health of your other teeth and gums. Extractions nowadays are relatively quick and painless, so if you suspect you have a tooth that might require removal, contact your Langley dentist, Thunderbird Dental Group today to book an appointment.

If it isn’t practical or possible to repair a tooth, our team of dental experts at Thunderbird Dental, your Langley dentist, may be required to do a dental extraction. Teeth that are extremely damaged by cavities or extensively chipped/broken will generally be extracted if root canal therapy isn’t a viable option.

Dental extractions are a must for a tooth that’s suffering from advanced periodontitis or gum disease because the chances of the tooth infecting surrounding tissues are high.

Wisdom teeth that are impacted (i.e. won’t be able to develop normally) or that simply don’t have room to grow are generally extracted.

If you are nervous or anxious about dental extractions, our dental clinic offers sedation dentistry for a stress-free dental appointment. To learn more about sedation dentistry, contact our dental clinic for more information.

Please contact your Langley dentist, Thunderbird Dental Group, if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.

Dental Secrets Straight from Your Dentist!

Posted on Jul 12, 2012 in blog

Dental Secrets Straight from Your Dentist!

Your oral health is important and at your Langley dentist, Thunderbird Dental Group, our team of oral health care experts want to share with you the most important oral health secrets that will give you a healthy smile you’ll be proud to show off everywhere.

  • If your gums are bleeding, there’s a very high chance you have periodontal (gum) disease. Come for an appointment as soon as possible!
  • An oral health care checkup at your Langley dentist every 6 months applies only to healthy gums. If you don’t have healthy gums, you’ll want to schedule a checkup at least every 3 months.
  • Pay attention to your back teeth when brushing/flossing. We’ve found that patients at our Langley dental clinic focus too much on their visible front teeth.
  • Proper oral health care includes 10 minutes of careful brushing and flossing.
  • Mouthwash that contains alcohol can dry out your mouth and actually worsen your bad breath.

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Getting to The Root of the Problem: What is Root Canal Therapy?

Posted on Jul 5, 2012 in blog

Getting to The Root of the Problem: What is Root Canal Therapy?

Have you been told that you require root canal therapy? It’s important to understand what root canal therapy involves so you don’t feel any unnecessary stress when you come to your Langley dentist, Thunderbird Dental, for the actual procedure. Stress can make your experience at the dentist far more difficult than it actually has to be.

What is a Root Canal?

The Root Canal is the name for the space within the root of the tooth, it is a hollow area that contains soft tissues (the pulp and nerves). The number of these hollow canals (one to four) in a tooth depend on the type of tooth and the pulp nourishes and hydrates the tooth.

Why do you need Root Canal Therapy?

However, if your dental pulp is exposed, through a cavity or fracture, or becomes infected (abscessed) for any reason, it will likely require root canal therapy to allow you to actually keep the tooth instead of extracting it. These days, root canal therapy is relatively pain- and stress-free and can be done in as little as one appointment.

What to do if you need Root Canal Therapy?

Contact Thunderbird Dental, your Langley dentist, if you have any questions about root canal therapy or if you would like to book an appointment.

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Why Go to the Dentist? We’ve Got a Few Good Reasons!

Posted on Jun 28, 2012 in blog

Why Go to the Dentist? We’ve Got a Few Good Reasons!

Regular visits to your Langley dentist, Thunderbird Dental Group are incredibly important for both your oral health and your general health. Why go to the dentist? Poor oral health has been linked to poor general health, so come in for an appointment at your Langley dentist and get a great smile and something to smile about.

Still wondering “why go to the dentist”?

Prevention is key to most oral health care issues. You can avoid cavities, plaque building, gingivitis and a whole host of oral health care issues simply by practicing proper oral hygiene and booking your regular oral health checkup at your Langley dentist, Thunderbird Dental Group.

Invest in your oral health and come in for a regular checkup at your Langley dentist, Thunderbird Dental Group.

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Bad Breath? Freshen Up with These Quick Tips from Your Dentist

Posted on Jun 21, 2012 in blog

Bad Breath? Freshen Up with These Quick Tips from Your Dentist

Whether you’re in a business meeting or a lunch date, halitosis or bad breath can ruin your whole day and your fabulous first impression. However, with these tips from your Langley dentist at Thunderbird Dental Group, you can quickly fix your bad breath and get back to business – social or professional.

Reach for the Lemon Water 

Dry mouth is often the cause of bad breath so keep your mouth moist and hydrated to avoid bad breath altogether. Washing down bacteria with lemon juice and water can help minimize bad breath and get you smiling again.

Chew on This

Sugar-free gum offers almost instant relief from bad breath. If you’re not a fan of chewing, you can opt for breath strips or mints instead. For a completely natural remedy to bad breath, order a dish that’s garnished with ginger, basil, mint or parsley.

Always Be Prepared 

Carry a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste in your purse or bag for optimal oral hygiene on the go. Mouthwash or baking soda are also ideal for quick breath fixes and should eliminate bad breath altogether.

A word of caution from your dentist. Bad breath may be caused by poor oral hygiene or oral infections. If your bad breath is persistent and not caused by anything you ordered at lunch, schedule an appointment at Thunderbird Dental Group, your Langley dentist, and we’ll help you keep your breath fresh so that you can focus on the important things, like getting a new client or a second date.

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10 Great Things to Do with Dental Floss!

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 in blog

10 Great Things to Do with Dental Floss!

Floss is an essential part of your oral health care routine, along with brushing at least twice a day for at least 3 minutes and visiting Thunderbird Dental Group, your Langley dentist, for your regular oral health care checkup every six months.

Flossing right before bed can reduce your chances of plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum disease but did you know dental floss can do more for you than just give you a perfectly healthy smile?

Read on for 10 Great Thing you can do with Dental Floss around your house!

1. Hang Pictures

Dental floss is strong enough that you can use it to hang pictures, and as a bonus, it won’t damage your wall paint.
2. Make Flower Garlands 
For a natural touch in your home, you can use dental floss to make flower garlands or hang Christmas ornaments.
3. Create a Healthy Dog Toy 
Tie floss in the shape of a bone and offer it to your dog as a chew toy. The floss will help clean their teeth.
4. Tie up a Roast 
You can use unwaxed dental floss to tie up meat for cooking if you run out of kitchen tread.

5. Floss your Furniture 

The advantage of dental floss is that it can clean in hard-to-reach places, including crevices in your furniture that a simple dusting won’t get.

6. Help out your Plants 

If you have climbing plants, you can give them a little support with dental floss.

7. Use as Emergency Shoelace 

If your shoelace breaks, you can use dental floss to keep your shoe on and carry on with your day!

8. Sew Things Up 

Dental floss is incredibly strong – you can use it to sew a button or fix a tear in your clothing.

9. Use as a Knife

If you’re missing cutlery, you can use a piece of floss to cut into food such as hard-boiled eggs, cheese, cake or jello.

10. Rescue your Old Photos 

If you have 2 photos stuck together in an album, gently slide a piece of floss in between them to separate them without any damage.

 

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If you’re wondering about the correct way to use floss when it comes to cleaning your teeth, please watch the informative video below courtesy of Colgate: