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Georgia Dental’s Dr. Brian Baird, and Whistler Dental’s Dr. Jay McKenzie, stopped by the Forbes IT booth at the Pacific Dental Conference in March this year.
While continuing to stay at the forefront of dentistry, these Dr’s, both part of the 123 Dentist Community Network, understand the need for furthering their knowledge in the industry. The Dr’s attended the conference to collaborate with many other dentists in North America to share information related to dentistry and it’s future.
Dr. Baird was also at a two day hands on course this week on guided implant surgery for his continuing education.
New location, hours, staff & equipment have come to Georgia Dental…
The new Georgia Dental Group is open to patients on the Northeast corner of Georgia and Bute on the ground floor. New operatories with new equipment and new staff joining our practice will make Georgia Dental Group more accessible and more capable than ever before.
NEW EXTENDED HOURS:
Georgia Dental Group is excited to welcome Dr. Monica Mangat, Pam and Valerie as scheduling coordinators, Amanda H as our newest Hygienist and Libby, our newest Certified Dental Assistant (CDA).
Unfortunately, Dr. Scammell, who joined Georgia Dental Group in 2012, is retiring. We wish him all the luck in the world as he goes on to enjoy his retirement with his family.
Here is a statement from Dr. Scammell on moving on:
Dear Patients and Friends,
It is with careful thought and consideration that I have decided to officially retire from dentistry. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued trust and confidence in allowing me to care for your dental needs through the years. I have thoroughly enjoyed my many years in practice mainly due to a wonderful family of patients and caring staff members.
It gives me great comfort to know that my patients and staff have been and will continue to be so well looked after in the hands of Dr. Brian Baird. I believe these last 2 ½ years of transition has proven that you remain valued, welcomed and have received excellent dental care.
Dr. Baird graduated from UBC Dental School in 1999 and established Georgia Dental in 2001. He is a skilled practitioner with a true passion for dentistry and puts his heart and soul into his daily practice. He is committed to continuing to provide patients with individual care and attention. I am proud to entrust the care of my valued patients, friends and my family to Dr. Baird.
Thank you again for your confidence and years of loyalty. I will miss you all very much. If you have any questions, please contact the office and Sherri or another staff member will be happy to assist you.
Dr. Ronald Scammell
We love to get involved in our community and spread good dental advice. Now, with the help of several local businesses we are giving back to the young women of Big Sisters of BC, this Sunday in Vancouver.
Georgia Dental Group has always been active in our community with groups like Covenant House. That tradition continues this Sunday, January 26th as our very own Dr. Brian Baird will be partnering with Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland to speak about the importance of healthy dental habits at a young age.
Dr. Baird’s presentation at noon Sunday will include brushing and flossing tips, the importance of practicing routine care and preventative care like tooth decay and gum disease. Our team will be on hand to demonstrate techniques for the little sisters and we’ll be offering advice on healthy diet choices for the best smile.
The first annual Beauty and Wellness Bash at the Axis Hair Salon in Vancouver is co-sponsored by Georgia Dental Group and Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique. The Beauty Boutique team will be educating the girls on skin care and stylists from Axis will be doing free haircuts, blow drys and dishing out hair care tips.
Georgia Dental believes in the importance of informing young people about their teeth and gums and making them aware that a healthy mouth is part of a healthy body. This event is a great opportunity to give back and offer big and little sisters a great, memorable experience.
All of the sponsors will be providing goodie bags and snacks for the girls in attendance. We are excited to be involved in our community and to partner with Big Sisters of BC for the first time.
Also known as Yule, the winter solstice celebrates the shortest day of the year. An ancient pagan holiday, it is one of the very oldest winter celebrations, and falls every year on December 21st . Although, the actual shortest day of the year can be one of two days either side of this date.
The primary way of celebrating the winter solstice celebration is by holding an outdoor party. While this is traditionally thrown at the precise time of the solstice, it can be earlier if younger children will be present. The winter solstice was originally a day for feasting. As such, abundant food is always available at the celebration. All those attending will have candles, which represent light. Attendees usually form a circle and talk of what they’re thankful for, tell solstice legends and sing traditional songs.
Those who celebrate the winter solstice generally give presents to their friends and family to mark the occasion. Many Pagans consider store bought gifts to be impersonal and think they drive consumerism, so instead handmade gifts are more often given. Families may make these presents together as a precursor to the celebrations.
Natural decorations are the order of the day for the winter solstice. Sprigs of ivy, holly and mistletoe are used as symbols representing parts of the feminine and the masculine. The continuity of life is symbolized by hanging evergreen garlands. Yule logs are perhaps the most important decoration for the winter solstice. The log itself is adorned with ivy, pine cones, mistletoe and holly, before being sprinkled with flour and burned in the hearth.
On the morning of the winter solstice, celebrators will go for a walk in search of a appropriate piece of wood to be used as a yule log. In addition, they will pick up other natural decorations, particularly holly, ivy and mistletoe. Families or friends usually take this walk together. In order to give nature the proper respect, they will generally only pick up items that have already fallen.
This year we’ve put together a backpack with items such as toiletries, socks, gloves, a gift card etc.
This year’s goal is to gather 275 backpacks for homeless youth ages 16-24 to give them the Christmas they deserve.
Tooth decay doesn’t happen overnight, but once it starts, it can progress until you face serious oral health issues. The condition produces cavities, something that anyone with teeth is susceptible to, according to the Mayo Clinic. Tooth decay is most common in children, teens and adults, but even infants can suffer from it. It’s vitally important to take steps to prevent tooth decay right from the start. Not only does this protect primary and adult teeth, but it also sets the stage for making healthy oral decisions for life.
No, infants don’t always have teeth, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t care for their gums and future teeth. Before the first tooth erupts, wipe your baby’s gum with a damp, warm washcloth after she eats. At the same time, don’t transfer your own saliva into your little’s one mouth, advises the American Dental Association. This means you shouldn’t sanitize a dropped pacifier with your own spit. You should also refrain from sharing eating utensils or straws. This prevents bacteria in your mouth from getting into your baby’s mouth, which is an easy way to prevent tooth decay at an early age. Once your baby begins to get teeth, use a fluoride-free toothpaste until she can brush without swallowing it.
Once your child is able to successfully brush his teeth without ingesting most of the toothpaste, switch to a product that contains fluoride. This nutrient is important for preventing tooth decay in kids and adults of all ages. Use a pea-sized amount and brush all surfaces of the teeth, twice a day. Let your child brush his own teeth, but check them when he’s done to make sure he did a thorough job. The Mayo Clinic also recommends brushing after meals, if possible. Use fluoride mouthwash daily as well, which helps remove additional food and bacteria from your mouth.
Children and adults should floss once daily to remove germs and bacteria from between the teeth. Most people don’t fully remove debris with a toothbrush alone, so flossing is an ideal way to prevent tooth decay at any age.
Regular dental appointments are extra insurance against tooth decay. We can give you a professional cleaning once or twice a year to remove plaque buildup and protect your smile. We can also give you tips and tricks for taking good care of your teeth and can detect tooth decay in its beginning stages, which helps keep it from getting worse. We can also apply dental sealants, which create a barrier between bacteria and your teeth.
Changing your eating and drinking habits is another easy way to prevent tooth decay, according to the Mayo Clinic. Drink tap water rather than bottled because the former contains fluoride. At the same time, limit sugary foods, such as candy and soda, and avoid snacking all day, which increases the amount of bacteria on your teeth. Eat cheese and plenty of fruits and vegetables, foods that help keep your teeth healthy. Chewing sugar-free gum is a good way to increase saliva production, which rinses harmful bacteria from your teeth.
You play the largest role in preventing tooth decay. It only takes a few minutes each day to do what’s best for your teeth. Take steps to get started and soon you’ll have formed a dental habit that you can benefit from for life.
One of winter’s most enjoyed pastimes is the extreme sport of snow skiing. This sport is an activity that does not require all participants to have tons of experience in order to enjoy it. Attention to small detail while out on the slopes goes a long way towards both comfort and learning how to ski.
The most important aspect of skiing, before you even get on the slopes, is what you are going to wear. This seems trivial, but it is of great necessity that you wear the appropriate clothing in order to avoid getting sick from the cold. The outer layer of attire needs to be waterproof. Jeans and cotton-based clothing absorb water quickly, meaning that you are going to be wet and cold. Furthermore, avoid wearing other people’s boots and skis. Each of these generally fit to your height and weight. By borrowing, you are going to be at a disadvantage if the other person has a different body size.
Safety is the number one priority while on the mountain. Make sure to read the Skier’s Responsibility Code before getting on the first ski lift. Obey important rules such as ensuring the person in front of you has the right-of-way and that you need to loop up the slope before merging onto it.
Never go out by yourself. This is common sense, but a necessity to take note of nevertheless. With your partner, make sure that each of you carry a map of the resort in order to locate yourselves at all times. Also, by traveling with a partner, it helps to make sure that both of you have equal skiing abilities. Not only does this ensure you don’t overreach in trying a double black diamond on your first day, but it maximizes the amount of fun you each will have.
Another thing to take careful note of is how to get off of the ski lift before you try doing it. Do not get off the lift too early. You want to use the lift to your advantage by allowing it to gently push you forward. A few seconds before it turns back on itself, stand up on your skis and shove-off the seat of the lift. Nothing is worse than pushing off too soon and you come to a standstill with no momentum forward. In this case, the lift has a greater chance of surprising you from behind and knocking you, and everybody else, onto the ground.
Take special note of the conditions on the mountain before going out. Rainy days can diminish the amount of powder on the slopes and often make them icy. With less traction, skiers find it much more slippery and fast. These conditions do not mean that you should stay inside, but first time skiers should take caution and avoid anything out of their reach.
Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) has commonly been used for wrinkle treatments by dermatologists and plastic surgeons for decades. More recently, however, it has been discovered that it is beneficial for other uses as well. Offering Botox for dental purposes is quickly gaining popularity as the benefits become more widely known.
Botox is a toxin that is found in bacteria. When used properly, it offers a number of beneficial capabilities.
The therapeutic use of Botox for dental reasons has come into the limelight as more and more patients are opting for this type of treatment to deal with a number of issues. In particular, patients who have a history of grinding their teeth and clenching their jaws can often find relief when Botox is used for these dental issues.
Botox has been approved as a prophylactic treatment for chronic migraines in adults.
Since this toxin has been proven successful in relaxing the muscles, it is used to alleviate tension in the jaw. This type of forced relaxation minimizes the severity and number of incidents the patient experiences with grinding and clenching of the jaw.
Botox injections minimize the intensity of the pain experienced caused by grinding the teeth or clenching the jaw tightly. The frequency of such incidents is also generally reduced in number.
Lasting only 10 to 30 minutes in duration, the procedure used to inject Botox is relatively brief. The time actually depends upon how many injections the doctor must perform.
First, the muscle site must be identified, so that the injections are made in the right place. The patient will receive a numbing solution at the targeted area. The injections are made. The results are temporary, so patients will have to return for a repeat treatment of Botox for dental reasons in about four months.
Receiving personalized dental care is important not only to your oral health but also to the beauty of your smile. Sometimes, patients need our Vancouver cosmetic services almost as much as they need general and/or restorative procedures. Here at Vancouver cosmetic dental, we have your needs covered with a beautifying array of treatments that you can schedule at any time.
The foods we eat can stain our teeth. So can beverages, smoking, and the natural aging process. In fact, even genetics can influence how white your teeth look. When your teeth become so discoloured that it is time to take advantage of one of our most popular Vancouver cosmetic services, please contact us for your in-office whitening procedure.
Since we tailor our take-home teeth whitening trays to your teeth, you will need two separate visits for this procedure. The first appointment is to make the impression of your teeth. Adjustments can be made at your second appointment if needed. We provide a special whitening solution that you must wear once-a-day for a total of 45 minutes.
A respected treatment that is used worldwide, KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching? System can change the whiteness of your teeth by 16 shades. This treatment is available with at-home follow-up treatments that can help to maintain the new colour of your teeth even if you drink teeth-staining beverages.
One of our most frequently performed Vancouver cosmetic services, veneers are used to cover up worn tooth enamel, cracks, chips, and even to hide uneven tooth alignment. Veneers are fabricated from ceramic material, so they are strong and resilient.
When you chip a piece of your tooth off, it is possible to repair the uneven look that it creates. Bonding is a process that uses a bonding liquid and plastic resin to reshape the tooth to an attractive appearance. It is a minimally invasive procedure.
One of the most popular of our Vancouver cosmetic services is Invisalign®. Featuring clear aligner trays that are used to straighten your teeth, Invisalign® is a great option over traditional braces.
Even if your teeth are only slightly crooked or uneven, the effect on your self-confidence can be very damaging. People who are self-conscious about their smiles tend to smile less often, and are therefore perceived as less friendly, trustworthy, and honest. Every time you’re having fun with friends or laughing at jokes, your attention is drawn back to your teeth as you consciously try not to smile too much. Your quality of life suffers when you’re not confident about your smile.
Cosmetic dentistry is a solution often sought out by people who suffer from all manner of dental problems. Whether you got into an accident or were born with bad teeth, various cosmetic dentistry procedures can help you feel great about your smile.
Each of these cosmetic dentistry options changes the shape or look of a tooth. For example, bonding can fill in gaps or change the colour and shape of your tooth, while crowns cover a tooth completely and veneers are placed over the tooth. Each of these procedures is relatively quick, though some procedures can be expensive (veneers that are custom-made in a lab, for instance).
If you have crooked teeth but don’t want to or can’t get braces, simple reshaping and contouring can make your teeth look even and well-aligned. If all you need is a few subtle changes, your dentist may recommend reshaping or contouring your teeth, particularly if you are having bonding done at the same time.
If you currently feel self-conscious about your smile, you aren’t alone. About one in four of us would like to change our teeth somehow, and though not everyone goes through with the procedure, any dentist can tell you about the patients whose quality of life have improved since seeking cosmetic dentistry.
Although cosmetic procedures may seem unnecessary since your smile isn’t physically hurting, smiles are the first thing we find attractive about others, linked with the trust we place in people, and much more. When you feel good about your smile, you’ll feel good about yourself and you will present your best face to the world.