The BC Dental Association launched a new public education program today called Your Dental Health, on behalf of its member dentists and dental specialists (which include our dentists and in-house specialists). It provides general consumer dental health information, and promotes the value of dental care in preventing and detecting oral health problems. Part of the program is a new dental health website that we think you will find useful and prompt discussion about your individual care and that of children and seniors in your families. Check it out!
Dr. Hird attended the Pacific Dental Conference gala fundraiser at the Vancouver Convention Centre on March 8th which benefited the UBC Dentistry Community Outreach Programs.
These programs provide unique learning opportunities for dental students to expand skills beyond the UBC campus and develop their own sense of social responsibility. As well, the programs provide free oral health care and education to a wide demographic of people in need – children, elders, new immigrants, the working poor, medically compromised people, people challenged with drug and alcohol abuse, those escaping various forms of abuse, First Nations – both locally and provincially.
Like many, we are watching the Sochi Winter Olympics. But most people have probably not thought of the role of dentistry in peak athletic performance.
The most obvious task is preventing and treating oral-facial injuries, considered the most common type of injury in sport. Mouthguards are commonly used to protect teeth, but they also reduce the incidence and severity of concussions. Besides causing pain and discomfort, dental injuries and disease can interfere with training and competition time. Some procedures such as extractions also need to be done during the off-season for impact sports. Dental disease can also impact nutrition and thus the physical condition.
Dental care can also identify habits and conditions associated with certain sports that put oral health at risk, such as oral cancer from chewing tobacco or dental damage from eating disorders.
The Globe & Mail recently published an interesting article about the Canadian olympic dental program.
If you want to find out more about your dental needs in relation to your sport, contact the office for an appointment with one of our doctors.
Many of our patients will already have noticed the updated look to our office. And now, we are launching this new website so that every part of the practice reflects who we are and why we do what we do.
We take great pride in earning the invitations to the practice that our patients continually extend to family, friends and colleagues and we hope that this website helps to build trust in us when referring someone.
The blog will provide a place to provide updates about our office, links to interesting news articles, and information about oral health.
The responsive design of the site will be more useable across a wide variety of devices, from desktop computer to tablet to smartphone. The highly visual layout makes for easier navigation and faster access to needed information.
We’d like to thank Tony Hird, Dr. Hird’s brother, for designing the site and photography, and Jason Lachance for our staff portraits.
Any feedback is appreciated. Let us know what you like and if there is anything we should add.