Dr. Bahi

Tips for Keeping Your Skin Healthy While Quarantining During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Most people are stuck at home, anxiously awaiting the Coronavirus situation to get under control. But just because you are at home, that doesn’t mean that it’s ok to slack off on your skincare routine.

When you are spending most of your time indoors and find yourself under stress, you may notice that your skin has lost some of it’s natural glow, even if you aren’t around outdoor pollutants or covering your face with makeup.

So what’s the number one task you need to prioritize? You need to MOISTURIZE!

Moisturizing isn’t just for your face. It’s for your whole body. And at a time like this when we are encouraged to wash our hands several times a day, you really need to replenish the moisture in your hands with lotion, or even olive oil or coconut oil. It’s also a good idea to treat your feet. Applying oil and then covering your hands with gloves or covering your feet with socks for 15 to 20 minutes a day can really work wonders.

Plus, in addition to using moisturizer on your face, it’s also a good idea to incorporate toner and serum. The more layers of hydration you have, the more plump and hydrated your skin will be.

And even if you aren’t wearing makeup, because you are just lounging around, it’s still important to wash your face in the morning when you wake up, and in the evening before you go to bed. Exfoliating a few times a week is also key in preventing oil, bacteria, debris, and dead skin to build up, as this can lead to breakouts. And at a time of stress, you’re going to be more susceptible to breakouts as well, which is even more reason to take exfoliation seriously.

Shorter, more tepid showers can be of benefit as too. Longer, hot showers risk stripping away your skin’s natural layer of oil. You would then apply lotion after to seal in moisture.

Lastly, drink plenty of water and get a lot of sleep…because when you don’t get enough of both of these, it affects how you feel on the inside and shows how you feel on the outside.

Call us for more information about Obagi Skin Care in Surrey or cosmetic facial surgery in Surrey today!

 

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The Difference Between Seeing Your Dentist & An Oral Surgeon

So, you need to get a procedure done and some people may tell you to just go to your dentist, while others may tell you to go to an oral surgeon. Here’s the difference:

The main scope of work for General Dentists includes:

  • Oral exams
  • Teeth cleanings
  • Sealants
  • Crowns
  • Fillings
  • Root canals
  • Gum care

Your dentist may also perform minor surgical procedures, tooth extractions, and dental implants.

When it comes to oral surgeons, they usually have extensive training in one or more particular areas. The main scope of work for Oral Surgeons includes:

  • Dental implants
  • Tooth extraction, including impacted teeth
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Traumatic injury
  • Restructuring of bone and gum tissue
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Bone loss
  • Chronic diseases or conditions of the mouth
  • Oral cancer and removal of tumors

Some oral and maxillofacial surgeons will require referrals for all patients, which you would get from either your dentist or doctor. Exceptions may be able to be made for emergencies.

For more information about your specific situation, call your dentist or nearby oral surgeon’s office. For oral surgery in Surrey, call us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery: 604-507-0514.

 

 

 

 

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What You Need to Know About Impacted Wisdom Teeth

If your third molars are unable to erupt into your mouth, you have impacted wisdom teeth. This is caused by a barrier, such as other teeth, or if your tooth is sitting at an angle.

You’ll ideally want to get these removed as a younger adult to prevent serious complications, or even to prevent problems when your actual wisdom teeth surgery takes place. (Your wisdom teeth will erupt between the ages of 18 to 25).

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth Include:

  • Pain / toothache
  • Headache
  • Jaw pain
  • Pain in the side of your face
  • Swelling in your mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
  • Difficulty opening your jaw
  • Bad breath
  • Unpleasant taste when you are eating

Do I Need to Remove My Impacted Teeth if They Don’t Hurt?

It is definitely a good idea to get them removed, even if there are no signs of symptoms. They could still cause you issues down the road, such as tooth damage, abscesses, and decay. Your dentist or oral surgeon will be able to discuss your situation with you, as everyone is different.

To book a consultation with Dr. K. Bahi for impacted wisdom teeth extraction in Surrey,  please call us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery today: 604-507-0514.

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Concerned About the Cost of Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the number one choice for teeth replacement because they look and feel like real teeth. However, since they are the best solution, they are also the most costly option. Many people don’t even consider dental implants because they think they won’t be able to afford them.

The thing is though, you won’t really know how much implants will cost you until you make an appointment with your local oral surgeon. It could be a lot less than you may be assuming it to be. Cost varies depending on location of the missing teeth, the number of dental implants needed, and if any other services are required for the dental implants to be placed in your mouth, such as bone grafting. Plus, you have to take into account that they are fully customized based on your mouth.

Dental implants won’t put you at any risk of embarrassment during social interactions, unlike dentures which can slip or even affect your speech. Implants are securely anchored into your jawbone. They are also easy to clean and do not accumulate food particles.

The benefits of dental implants are endless, so it’s definitely worth booking a consultation so that you know for sure how much the cost would be. You could consider financing as well.

Can you really put a price tag on a better quality of life and having your confidence back? We don’t think so.

To book a consultation with Dr. K. Bahi for dental implant surgery in Surrey, or bone grafting in Surrey, please call us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery today: 604-507-0514.

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Does Belkyra Dissolve Fat Permanently?

If you have a double chin, Belkyra is the answer to feeling more contoured and confident!

Belkyra is a synthetic form of deoxycholic acid, which is a type of substance that occurs naturally in your body and has the ability to get rid of your fat cell membranes. It is injected and then the fat is then released and eliminated naturally from your body.

It absolutely is a permanent solution to getting rid of your double chin! Those fat cells do not come back after they are destroyed. How awesome is that, right?!

That said, it is important to note that should you gain weight, your body will obviously produce more fat cells. Therefore, it is very important to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.

And can you believe it can be done in just a few minutes?! So what are you waiting for?

Call us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery in Surrey, BC and book an appointment today for Belkyra today: 604-507-0514

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Can I Get Dental Implants?

Well, this is an easy answer. Basically, if you are over 18 and have lost a tooth or several teeth, chances are high that you can be a candidate for dental implants. The reason we say you should be over 18 is because your bone tissue is not fully developed and your jaw is still growing.

That said, you do need to be in good general health, just like with any type of surgical procedure. This includes not having periodontal disease or tooth decay. Plus, you would absolutely need to take care of any oral health issues before a dental surgeon would even consider giving you implants.

Other health issues that may prevent you from getting dental implants include:

  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Uncontrolled diabetes
  • Immune system problems
  • Cancer
  • Drug abuse

You would need to discuss all health issues and concerns with your doctor and dental surgeon to confirm 100% whether or not you are a candidate.

Lastly, if you are a smoker, it goes without saying that smoking is bad for your overall health. When it comes to implants specifically, it could really slow down your healing. Smoking is also not good for the ongoing health of your gums and bone structure. The moral of the story is this: if you want a healthy mouth and a successful dental implant surgery, stop smoking, period.

Located in the Surrey, BC area and interested in a consultation for dental implant surgery? Call us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery today: 604-507-0514.

 

 

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October is National Dental Hygiene Month

Did you know that October is National Dental Hygiene Month? You need to focus on the importance of oral health 365 days a year, but October being dedicated to it, serves as a good reminder.

And it doesn’t matter whether you have real teeth, dental implants, or a mix of both. You still need to brush thoroughly twice a day for at least two minutes and floss to prevent problems from arising such as bad breath, bleeding gums, and cavities. Not to mention, poor oral health can affect your whole body and organs in a negative way. Good oral health cannot be emphasized enough.

Plus, time goes by so fast, you may think you were just at the dentist for a cleaning, when it could have literally been 9 months ago. Always book your next appointment before you leave your dental clinic, so that you can be sure not to lose track of when you need another checkup and professional cleaning.

You only get one set of teeth – and it goes without saying that dental implants are an investment that you want to protect, so take care of them.

If you are located in the Surrey, BC area, interested in a consultation for dental implants or wisdom teeth removal, call us at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery: 604-507-0514.

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Looking for Impacted Wisdom Teeth Removal in Surrey? Call us!

What are impacted teeth?

Impacted teeth are teeth that aren’t able to erupt (come into your mouth). In other words, they are stuck in the bone of your  jaw.

What causes impacted teeth?

– Genetic changes

– Lack of space / overcrowding

– Unusual growths on the soft tissue of your gums

Not everyone has impacted teeth, but for those who do, it is most common for wisdom teeth to be impacted, followed by maxillary canines.

Wisdom teeth have no functional need and can fortunately be removed with virtually no impact, but the canine teeth can pose a greater challenge.

What are some signs that may indicate that you have impacted teeth?

– A gap where the tooth has not come through (erupted)

– Swelling and redness of the gums

– Ongoing headache or jaw ache

– Tenderness or pain around the mouth, jaw, or gums

– Unpleasant taste in the mouth

– Bad breath

What happens if impacted canines are left in the jaw bone?

This can cause problems. The roots of the adjacent teeth can start to disappear, and in extreme cases, the adjacent teeth can be lost as a result of this.

So as you can tell, it is very important to get this addressed.

Dr. Bahi at New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery is an expert in the extraction of impacted teeth in Surrey. If you are located in the Surrey area, please call us to book a consultation today: 604-507-0514.

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Top 10 Reasons to Get a Chemical Peel

Chemical peels are a great “reboot” for your skin. If they are done in the comfort of your home, they will obviously be a lot more mild, providing superficial peeling and gentle exfoliation. On the other hand, chemical peels done by estheticians at a clinic will have a lower pH, enabling them to penetrate deeper into your skin.

You’re going to get more out of a peel done by a professional. No doubt about it. Yes, some may agitate your skin more in terms of redness and peeling, but the results will be worth it.

There are many different types of chemical peels, but the overall goal of the stronger peels is to dissolve the top layers of your skin, creating a controlled wound. This then allows the skin to regenerate.

Need more incentive to get a chemical peel?

Here are the top 10 reasons:

  1. Improve your skin’s texture
  2. Give your skin a glow
  3. Enable your skin to hold more moisture
  4. Promote the production of collagen
  5. Increase your skin’s cell turnover rate
  6. Reduce fine lines and hyperpigmentation
  7. Make your skin softer, smoother, and more even-toned
  8. Unclog your pores and help with acne issues
  9. Make your skin look more dewy
  10. Improve minor scars

So what are you waiting for? If you are located in Surrey, BC, call us to book an appointment for a chemical peel today!

 

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Wondering if Your Dental Implant Is Infected?

The success rate of dental implant surgery is extremely high, however, just like with anything, there is always a risk of something happening. However, this is usually because of reasons other than the fault of the implant.

Just like with your regular teeth, if you don’t pay attention to your oral health, you run the risk of getting an infection. This includes neglecting your at-home dental care, as well as your regular cleanings and checkups at your dental office.

When you get an infection around your dental implant, this is a form of gum disease known as peri-implantitis. Your dentist will be able to diagnose this very easily through a thorough examination. They will want to stop the progression of the infection to be able to salvage the dental implant.

What are the possible causes of this type of gum disease, other than poor oral hygiene?

  • Smoking
  • Weak immune system
  • Diabetes
  • Teeth grinding
  • Allergic reaction to the dental implant

What happens if I get an infection and it doesn’t get treated?

If the infection is left untreated, you will have to deal with progressive bone loss. The infection can also lead to a failed implant.

What are the signs of an infected dental implant?

  • Inflamed gums – red, puffy, and bleeding around the dental implant
  • Pus
  • The implant becomes loose
  • Unwelcome taste in your mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Throbbing
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Dull ache
  • Difficult to chew your food
  • Fever

It is incredibly important to have these types of infections treated as soon as possible. If left ignored, the gum disease can become very aggressive. Infected implants even have the ability to lead to systemic illness, meaning that they can even damage to your heart and other organs. Never underestimate the power that an infection can have on your whole body and overall health. Bacteria can spread like wildfire.

Call your dentist or oral surgeon immediately if you suspect that something is wrong. You can never be too cautious when it comes to your health. And don’t just assume it will get better or go away, because realistically, it will just get worse.

Looking for a dental implant surgeon in the Surrey, BC area? Look no further than New England Oral & Cosmetic Facial Surgery. Call us today at: 604-507-0514.

 

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