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Smilebrite Family Dental

Dr. Neil Zastre Inc.

110 - 11971 Third Avenue

(entrance on Chatham Street)

Richmond, BC V7E 3J9


Am I at risk?  Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you ever have pain in your mouth?
  2. Do your gums often bleed when you brush your teeth or when you eat hard food?
  3. Have you noticed any spaces developing between your teeth?
  4. Do your gums ever feel swollen or tender?
  5. Have you noticed that your gums are receding (pulling back from your teeth) or your teeth appear longer than before?
  6. Do you have persistent bad breath?
  7. Have you noticed pus between your teeth and gums?
  8. Have you noticed any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite?
  9. Do you ever develop sores in your mouth?

Limiting your risk!

By brushing and flossing frequently with a soft toothbrush, you can help reduce the amount of plaque and calculus that accumulate between hygiene appointments. 

Regular use of a mouth rinse has also been shown to help, provided that the rinse contains chlorhexidine or essential oils (Journal, October 1994).  There are several options that fall into both categories but the most common is probably Listerine.  Please be aware these rinses can help but are in no way a replacement for proper brushing and flossing.

The removal of plaque is essential as this is where the problem originates!

The prevention of additional plaque buildup is paramount to keeping periodontitis in check.  Bacteria in plaque irritate the gums by producing toxins.  These toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response whereby your body actually turns on itself and ‘attacks’ the tissue and bone that support your teeth.  

If left untreated your gums can separate from your teeth and become infected, this is the stage at which your teeth may loosen and need to be removed.

Your oral health is important to us and we believe that treating this disease should be done with the least invasive but most effective approach as possible. 

We will do our best to provide you with the kind of hygiene service your condition requires but you have a lot of homework if you want to keep periodontitis and the bad breath characteristic of it, in check.