Let’s “Spring Clean” Your Oral Health

Winter is passing and signs of spring are all around us! Does this inspire you to start spring cleaning your home and yard? Before you grab your bucket, squeegee, and mop, take a moment to think about your dental health routine. Check out these tips to “spring clean” your oral health routine so your smile is healthy, vibrant, and ready for the new season!

1. Start your spring cleaning by replacing your toothbrush!

The American Dental Association recommends you replace your toothbrush (or brush head, if you use an electric toothbrush) every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become frayed or if you’ve been ill. When was the last time you replaced YOUR toothbrush?

Since we’re on the topic of toothbrushes, here are a few additional spring cleaning tips:

  • Never share your toothbrush.
  • Store toothbrushes upright if possible so they can air-dry faster after use.
  • Rinse your brush thoroughly with tap water after use.
  • Invest in a UV sanitizer to extend the lifespan of your toothbrush if you get frequent colds or infections

2. Spring to that floss & try something new

Do you find it tough to remember to floss every day? You may just need to try a different type of dental floss! Consider these popular variations on traditional floss:

  • Waxed floss: Waxed floss is a commonly used option and comes in a variety of flavors (cinnamon, mint, bubble gum – even surprising flavors, like bacon!).
  • Dental tape: Dental tape is a thin “ribbon” of floss that slides between teeth easily. I especially love Crest Glide Pro-Health.
  • Floss picks: Floss picks are a good option if it’s difficult or painful to open your mouth wide enough to use traditional flossing methods or if you’re on-the-go.

3. Spring into action and visit your favorite dentist and dental hygienist!

As you check things off your spring cleaning to-do list, don’t forget to make sure you have your family’s dental visits scheduled! Early morning and after-school appointments book up fast throughout the year, so we recommend booking ahead to ensure you get a time that’s convenient for each member of your family.

4. Don’t forget that spring cleaning your routine can get you that summer smile

Now’s the perfect time to talk about whitening options – click here for more information about our Spring Whitening Promo. A freshly whitened smile may be just what you need to feel ready for spring and summer!

Spring is a time for new beginnings

Now is the perfect time to get things back on track with a fresh toothbrush, new floss options, and a dental checkup and cleaning. These quick and easy steps can help you enjoy a healthy smile throughout the season!

I hope this post got you thinking. If you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear from you. If you like what you see, please share with your friends and follow me on Google +, Facebook, or Instagram!

And if you’re looking for a dentist in Kamloops, we are happily accepting new patients! You can contact us by clicking here!

New Year, New Smile!

For me, New Year’s resolutions are all about goal setting. I love that feeling of accomplishment when I can make something happen. For most of us, New Year’s resolutions are about health, fitness, and diet. Basically, quitting all our “bad” habits and creating new “good” habits. Might I suggest that in 2018 you focus on doing something for yourself?! Something that doesn’t involve giving anything up or starting some crazy new fad diet that you’ll be sick of by February. I’m thinking New Year, New Smile!

They say your smile is the nicest thing you can wear – I think at some point, everyone has considered making some changes to those pearly whites. Maybe make your smile whiter and brighter? Or maybe you’re interested in straightening the teeth or repairing a few chips or stains.

I would be delighted to help you achieve your goal, meet your New Year’s resolutions, and get the smile of your dreams! And with today’s technology, the possibilities are endless. Here’s a quick summary of some very common cosmetic procedures available to you at Horizon Dental:

Teeth Whitening

  • Teeth Whitening: Aging, tobacco, red wine, soda, coffee, and tea can all dull and yellow our teeth over time. With teeth whitening, years of staining can be erased from your smile in a matter of hours. We offer Zoom! Whitespeed, which is a professional in-office whitening system that can lighten your teeth up to eight shades in just one visit! Take-home trays for touch-ups are included, and the procedure takes about 60 minutes with virtually zero sensitivity as it’s tailored to each person’s needs!


  • general dentistryCrowns or Veneers: Veneers are thin, custom-made “shells” of porcelain that permanently attach directly to your teeth. In comparison, crowns cover the teeth fully to provide extra support in case of existing cavities, fillings, or broken teeth. Both options can be used to fix gaps between teeth or improve the appearance of teeth that are badly stained, misshaped, crowded, or out of place and are designed specifically for you! You can choose almost any colour or shape, we can even match your favourite celebrity’s or family member’s smile.
  • Bonding: Bonding corrects gaps, stains, and chips by using tooth-coloured composite resins (filling material). It’s a more cost-conscious option compared to crowns and veneers, but can only be used to repair minor issues and is not often used in a complete smile makeover.
  • invisalignInvisalign: By using a series of computer-designed, clear trays, Invisalign can be used to straighten crowded teeth or close spaces without altering natural tooth structure. Treatment can be completed quickly, sometimes in 6-9 months for simple cases – and no one would ever know you were wearing the trays!


I hope this post has got you thinking. If you have any questions or comments I’d love to hear from you. If you like what you see, please share with your friends and follow me on Google +, Facebook, or Instagram!

And if you’re looking for a dentist in Kamloops, we are happily accepting new patients! You can contact us by clicking here!


What About Teeth Whitening?

“Use your smile to change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile”

Easier said than done some days!  At Horizon Dental, we know that tooth discoloration is often caused by the little things in our everyday lives – coffee, tea, cola, red wine, juices and especially tobacco products. In fact, no matter what we do, our teeth will often become darker as we get older.

Next thing you know, it’s graduation or a wedding! Maybe you’re looking for a way to celebrate having quit smoking. Or maybe you’ve always dreamed of a whiter smile.


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