Central Park Dental Clinic
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Central Park Dental Clinic
  • Burnaby BC Family Dentistry
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Teeth and Gum Cleanings

How can we help you?

Are you looking for a new dental home? You probably have a lot of questions about what treatment will be like in our office and which services we offer. We listed some of our most common questions here, but if your specific question is not listed, please give us a call or email us from the handy form on our Contact page

We look forward to answering your questions and to seeing you in our office.

Teeth and Gum Cleanings

Glass of WaterSuffering from dry mouth can be annoying and may even cause bad breath. Dry mouth happens as part of the aging process but can occur in patients of any age due to certain medications, smoking, or because of an underlying health issue. Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, cause dry mouth. Dehydration also contributes to dry mouth and makes it more difficult to keep teeth and gums healthy.

Saliva helps to prevent decay by breaking down foods and restoring the mouth to a regular pH level after eating or drinking. Saliva also protects the gums, which makes periodontal disease common among those with dry mouth.

What can you do to prevent it?

If you experience dry mouth, it’s a good time to talk to your dentist in Metrotown about your options. In the meantime, here are a few suggestions:

  • Sip water all day
  • If you smoke, consider quitting
  • Use a dry mouth rinse
  • Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste
  • Keep some sugar-free mints handy
  • Use a humidifier at night
  • Limit caffeine

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Our Central Park Dental Clinic dentists and hygienists are always happy to help. It is also wise to report your condition to your medical doctor in case of any underlying health problems that require treatment.


Woman receiving dental exam Is it time for your next teeth cleaning in Burnaby, BC? Contact Central Park Dental today. Staying on schedule with your dental cleanings is one of the best ways to protect your oral health and make sure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. 

Thorough Dental Cleanings

Every patient is different. For most healthy patients, a dental cleaning twice per year is enough to remove unwanted tartar and bacteria that can cause problems with your periodontal health. It also gives our team an opportunity to monitor any changes you may have in between dental appointments.

For patients who currently have periodontal disease or who have had it in the past, we may recommend more frequent dental cleanings because you will always be more susceptible to gum disease in the future and a professional dental cleaning is an effective way to keep this type of infection at bay.

Periodontal Exams in V5H 1Y8

Our hygienist will perform a periodontal exam, measuring the pocketing in your gums, to determine the frequency of your dental cleanings. When they make a recommendation, it is based on your unique needs at this time. We will always communicate with you so that you understand any treatment we recommend.

Even if you are overdue for your next dental cleaning in Burnaby, BC, give us a call. We can help you get back on track to great oral health.

calendar with dental visit on it How often your dental visits should be is dependent upon your overall oral health, and that could potentially change over time. 

If you are looking for a dentist in Burnaby, BC who always provides highly personalized dental care, Central Park Dental Clinic is the place for you!

Importance of Dental Cleanings in Burnaby

Most patients believe that dental visits every six months are sufficient for a healthy smile. For many patients, that might be true! For others, however, like patients who have periodontal disease, decay, or significant amounts of dentistry or those who suffer from certain medical conditions, we may recommend something more frequent to support your oral health.

How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

Changes in your overall health can affect your teeth and gums. Pregnancy, dry mouth, cancer treatments, and even certain medications can make it hard to keep your teeth clean and your gums infection-free. Our skilled hygiene team can make this process much easier with the proper professional dental cleaning, hygiene instruction, and product recommendations to support you.

If you have had gum disease in the past, that makes you more susceptible to it in the future, so even if you do not currently have an active infection, staying on top of your dental cleanings and exams is essential. 

Most healthy patients can see their dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and checkup and successfully maintain their excellent dental health.

However, if you struggle to manage gum disease, you may need extra preventive teeth cleanings throughout the year to keep your condition at bay. Unfortunately, there's no cure for gum disease, but these additional visits to your hygienist to keep your teeth clean and bacteria-free can help you manage your condition. 

Gum disease is an infection of your gums and the bone that supports your teeth. If you don't treat it, gum disease can cause damage to your teeth's support system, resulting in tooth loss. This condition is prevalent in adults over 30, so preventive checkups and teeth cleanings are the best way to protect your smile and dental health. 

Routine visits to your Burnaby dentist can also save you from dealing with more costly treatment in the future. Your dentist will check your teeth and current restorations to make you aware of any concerns as early as possible. This can help you avoid costly and painful dental issues and keep you away from the dental chair.

If it's time for your next teeth cleaning and checkup, call your "dentist near me" in Burnaby at (604) 438-5261 to book your next appointment.



two young brothers brushing teeth We recommend to our patients to bring their children in for an examination by the age of 1 and subsequent every 6 months for a checkup. Children at this age have a keen sense of their surroundings and are very curious about the different things they see and feel. While we may or may not be able to do a complete examination, this gives a perfect opportunity for your children to familiarize themselves with their dental office environments. They can see, hear, smell, and touch different items while they are in the dental chair and react according to their personalities.

We ask our patients NOT to "prepare" their children prior to their visits to the dental office or use phrases like "it is not going to hurt" when talking to them about their dental appointments. Children are very perceptive and would wonder why Mom and Dad never "prepare" them before going out to eat or to swim but only before a medical or dental appointment. Even if such phrases are not used, they would often feel your apprehension if you yourself have ill feelings going to the dentist. It is often better to keep your answers brief when your children ask about their appointments and let them decide how they feel in the dental office.

What to Expect During a Child's Dental Appointment

These appointments allow us to screen for any unusual developmental patterns in your children early and answer your questions specifically pertaining to your children. If we discover nothing unusual about their development, these appointments allow your children to have "good" experiences at the dental office. If and when they do require treatment beyond the regular check-ups, they are at least familiar with the surroundings of the dental office, have developed a level of trust with the dentist and staff, and know from previous experiences that they will be treated well. Dental treatment is often much more difficult in unfamiliar surroundings and provided by strangers when your children are already in discomfort.

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Give us a call today to schedule your child's next visit! (604) 438-5261



Woman holding hand in front of mouth Bad breath can be explained by something as simple as eating a meal heavy with garlic, onions, or spices. In those cases, however, the odor resolves over time and after brushing and flossing your teeth. 

Causes of Halitosis

Chronic bad breath, called halitosis, can indicate a more serious underlying condition such as digestive issues, dry mouth, or the more common condition, periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease occurs when an infection develops between your teeth and gum tissue. Most often, gum disease occurs with neglect – either failure to take care of your teeth at home or missing too many professional dental cleanings. Even if you brush and floss at home, plaque and tartar still develop in hard to reach areas of your mouth.

Bad breath can impact your social and professional life by making it unpleasant for people to speak to you in close proximity. The bacteria that cause gum disease may also spread through kissing and sharing utensils or drinking glasses.

How To Treat Bad Breath

Here are some tips to address bad breath:

  • Brush and floss your teeth daily, including your tongue.
  • Schedule a dental cleaning and exam to determine proper treatment.
  • Drink enough water to support proper saliva production.
  • Stop tobacco use, which increases the likelihood of gum disease.
  • Rinse with a mouthwash designed to reduce dry mouth symptoms.

Contact Our Burnaby BC Dental Clinic

If you want an experienced dentist in Burnaby, BC, give us a call. Dr. Chan and our entire team look forward to helping you regain a fresh, beautiful smile.

Woman checking breath by breathing in handWhen your gums bleed during brushing or flossing, it is your body’s way of telling you that there is a problem requiring your attention. Typically, bleeding gums are a symptom of a common, but serious, oral health condition called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection in your gums caused by excessive plaque and bacteria around your gum line.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Some of the common symptoms of gum disease include: 

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Sensitivity
  • Gum recession
  • Pocketing 

Your gums should fit snugly against your teeth, creating a seal. In severe cases of periodontal disease, pockets form between your teeth and gums, creating a breeding ground for destructive bacteria, which only exacerbates your condition.

Periodontal Disease in Burnaby

Additionally, researchers have linked periodontal disease to illnesses such as heart disease. While more research is needed to determine the exact link, doctors agree that healthy gums are important in protecting your overall health.

The most common cause of periodontal disease is neglect. Failure to brush, floss, and have professional dental cleanings all contribute to developing gum disease. In recent years, researchers have discovered that the bacteria that cause gum disease are transmittable, especially between family members. This may indicate why conditions like periodontal disease and even cavities tend to run in families.

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