November 25th, 2015

May you enjoy a plentiful feast of good food, family and friends. Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Wendel Family Dental.

We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

September 2nd, 2015

When you were younger, your parents might have lectured you about the importance of good oral hygiene. Together with your dentist and hygienist, they may have worked to make sure that you were brushing and flossing your teeth correctly and avoiding sugary foods that can lead to cavities. As an adult, good oral hygiene is still important to keep your teeth looking and feeling their best.
Good oral hygiene helps to prevent cavities and stained or yellowed teeth, as well as bad breath. Bacteria in the mouth build up over time and mix with food particles and white blood cells to form a transparent, sticky film called plaque. The acids in the plaque break down your tooth enamel, weakening it, and allowing cavities to form. If you do not brush and floss regularly, this plaque hardens and forms tartar, a hard, yellow substance that can only be removed by a skilled hygienist. Tartar is not only unsightly; it also increases your chances of developing periodontal disease.
Restorative dental work helps repair or replace missing and damaged teeth. Crowns, bridges, veneers, and dental implants are some of the methods your dentist or prosthodontist can choose to help restore tooth function and improve the look of your teeth. Just like natural teeth, replacement or restored teeth require good oral health care. Dental work such as bridges and crowns can be challenging to keep clean. And poor dental implant after-care can lead to complications such as peri-implant disease.
Aside from benefiting your dental health and making your teeth look and feel better, good oral hygiene is essential to your overall health as well. Poor oral health has been linked to a variety of general health problems, such as heart disease and strokes. Medical researchers discover more links between oral and general health each year.
It is important not only to brush at least twice daily and to floss each day, it is also imperative that you visit your dentists regularly for a routine examination and professional cleaning at least 2 per year. Brushing and flossing correctly and with the right toothpaste, toothbrush, and dental floss is also essential for preventing the onset of dental diseases. If you need help with your brushing or flossing technique, your dentist or hygienist will be glad to advise you.

August 24th, 2015

Vancouver Parks and Recreation Summer season comes to an end for our volleyball team. This especially fun energetic team had time for a team photo at the last match. Thank you to all that help in these programs.Wendle Family Dental 0008

February 19th, 2015


If you have been a patient at our Main office for a long time, chances are you have had the privilege of meeting Dr. Ly. He brings a calm demeanor and confidence to dentistry that our patients appreciate. He has been with our office since 2006 and I am pleased to tell you more about him.

1. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a child, Dr. Ly strived to be a doctor. Interestingly, he left this childhood inclination in college and originally studied engineering, but didn’t feel passionate about it. After conferring with a dental student, he decided to go into dentistry and returned to his childhood aspiration.

2. How long have you been a dentist and what do you enjoy most about your job?
Dr. Ly has been practicing dentistry for 10 years and his favorite aspect of being a dentist is communicating with his patients. He enjoys talking with them, helping solve their dental problems, explaining dentistry in an understandable way, and showing them how their dental health relates to their overall health. He finds it highly rewarding when he is able to surpass his patient’s expectations.

3. What is something you wish all patients understood about dentists?
“We’re not here to hurt you; we’re here to help you.” Dr. Ly discussed with me that dentistry is not just about teeth, it’s a part of one’s overall health and providing treatment to a patient requires understanding life style habits, a patient’s history, and goals. Often patients have a natural fear of dental treatment, or a fear of being looked down upon for neglecting their health. This is of particular concern to Dr. Ly. He doesn’t want anyone walking away from his dental chair feeling guilt about their dental health, and it’s important to him for his patients to have a positive experience when they are here. He finds it very rewarding when a reluctant or fearful patient is able to perceive dentistry in a more positive light due to a higher quality treatment experience and a well-informed process. He highly values educating his patients about their treatment needs so that they are better able to understand their health, and how to meet their dental treatment needs and goals in a way that is best for them.

4. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor and why?
Dr. Ly chose his parents. They are very hard working people and he admires them. What parent would not love to hear that!

5. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? What is your definition of fun?
Dr. Ly loves to spend time with his family. They enjoy biking and playing games together. He also told me, “I love tinkering”. He enjoys taking on various carpentry projects or fixing things. Even projects that could easily be hired out, he enjoys fixing himself. He also enjoys traveling and discovering the new things and tastes a destination has to offer, and is looking forward to a European Cruise.

6. What is something about you that others would find surprising or interesting?
“I’m a car fanatic; I’m a techy, but with more of an environmental spin”. He drives a hybrid and describes himself as an environmentally conscious person. What I found to be the most surprising fact was that he didn’t drive until college. In high school he used to walk about a mile and half to school and didn’t desire a car. He went from being a walker to a car guy. College and a need to get around can do that to anyone.

7. What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
Being that he is so approachable, I am not surprised to hear that he was an overall good kid. We chuckled about him receiving the perfect attendance award in High School for all four years. Now I’m starting to wonder if he has ever called in sick to work in the past 8 years???

If you are a patient of Wendel Family Dental Centre and Dr. Ly is your dentist, you already know why we value this tenured doctor. He has been a wonderful part of our practice and I’m confident you have enjoyed learning more about him.

February 10th, 2015

Wendel Family Dental Centre has enjoyed sponsoring various sports teams over the years through Vancouver Parks and Recreation. This years teams are especially fun and energetic. We are impressed with the programs and the wonderful environment they provide for our communities’ youth.

January 21st, 2015

Have you had a recent visit to the dentist where removal of your wisdom teeth was recommended? Why is this important and why should you not ignore this treatment recommendation?

Most people will have four wisdom teeth, also known as your third molars. They are the last teeth to erupt through the gum line, typically in your teens or early twenties; though some never erupt at all. It is very common for wisdom teeth to need removal. In fact, it is more common for them to be removed than for a person to keep them for their entire life.

Why are wisdom teeth often concerning?
Wisdom teeth are frequently impacted, meaning partially or fully covered by a person’s gum and/or bone and they are a common source of dental problems. It is not unusual for them to grow in sideways or into a mouth too small to accommodate them. This can result in various issues including pain, infection, periodontal disease, and decay. They can damage neighboring teeth, and infections that develop in this area can travel to other parts of your body. Because prevention is an appropriate course of action, extraction is generally recommended if they may foreseeably become problematic.

I’m young, can treatment wait?
This is an appropriate question, but waiting is not recommended. The time to have your wisdom teeth removed is when you are young. An ideal time for removal is during the early twenties or late teens when the root tips of the teeth have not finished forming, thus greatly reducing the likelihood of fracturing the root tip during the extraction. Once a patient reaches their mid-thirties, the bone has become more dense and the tooth can be strongly fused to the bone. Also, recovery time takes longer and is more difficult as we age. Overall, if your dentist is recommending removal of your wisdom teeth, it is far better to practice prevention than to deal with infection, decay, and pain in the future.

Wisdom teeth removal is a common dental procedure and generally performed in a few hours under moderate sedation in our office. If you have questions about wisdom teeth removal, please do not hesitate to give us a call (360)254-5254.

Administrative Support
Wendel Family Dental Centre

November 18th, 2014

Have you ever wondered when to call your medical doctor or when to call your dentist? Tic Douloureax, also known as Trigeminal Neuralgia is sharp pain to the face, typically on one side, that can be triggered by brushing teeth, applying makeup, eating, drinking, encountering a breeze, or other actions that involve movement, contact, or touch to the face. The pain can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes and can range from mild to severe. Trigeminal Neuralgia is caused by disruption to the trigeminal nerve’s function which can result in pain to the cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, and less frequently the eye or forehead. Sometimes there are underlying conditions involved, such as multiple sclerosis or tumor growth. The condition typically effects people age 50 and over, and is rare in those under 30 years of age.

Because Trigeminal Neuralgia can cause pain in the teeth and gums, you may find yourself in a dental chair. Anytime your teeth or gums hurt, you should be evaluated by a dentist. In this case, your dentist will begin ruling out potential causes of your pain, and if the pain is suspected to be trigeminal neuralgia, you will be referred to your medical provider for diagnosis and treatment. When in doubt, call your health care providers for help and advice. We are here to answer your questions and partner with you in your care. For further reading on Trigeminal Neuralgia, we recommend reading the articles found in the references below.

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Wendel Family Dental Centre

**References for all content**

Disease and Conditions: “Trigeminal Neuralgia”. (2012). Retrieved October 28, 2014, from:

Lubin, Edward, MD, PhD. Emedicinehealth. “Trigeminal Neuralgia (Facial Nerve Pain)”. Retrieved October 28, 2014 from:

October 21st, 2014

Starting October 20th, we will be giving pumpkins to all kids, ages 12 and under, who have an appointment. If a child has more than one appointment during the month, they can choose a pumpkin at each visit. Pumpkins will be displayed throughout the lobby and the child can choose any pumpkin they would like to take home with them. Come join in on the great pumpkin giveaway now until October 31st or while supplies last.
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September 25th, 2014

Are you a canker sore sufferer? Do you know the difference between a canker sore and a cold sore? If you struggle with frequent canker sores, we can offer some advice and help, including one treatment that can provide immediate relief.

First, let’s distinguish between a canker sore and a cold sore. Canker sores are open sores on the gums, lips, or tongue that occur inside the mouth. A person may have one or multiple canker sores in their mouth at a time and they are not contagious. A cold sore is a cluster of small red fluid filled blisters that occurs on or around the lips and generally outside of the mouth. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus and are contagious.

Now that you know the difference, what causes a canker sore? The short answer is, we don’t exactly know. They may be triggered by stress, viral infections, or due to an autoimmune response. Canker sore sufferers also report injury to the mouth (accidentally biting your lip), acidic foods, smoking, and stress as additional triggers.

If you have a canker sore what can you do? Canker sores can be incredibly painful and inhibit your ability to eat and drink food comfortably. Try the following tips to ease discomfort.

For immediate relief: We can perform a short treatment in our office using a product called Debacterol. The treatment brings immediate relief from discomfort in a manner of seconds. I have personally used it in my family and found it to be incredibly effective. Don’t let the “in-office” portion of the treatment scare you. Treatment takes only a few minutes and is very affordable. Debacterol is also available for at home use, but requires a prescription and should not be used if you have a sulfa allergy.

Over the counter relief: There are various products available at your local pharmacy that may provide relief to your sores, and you can also try making a simple salt water rinse (1 teaspoon salt mixed with 1 cup of water), which may speed up the healing process.

My favorite “at home” tip: Listerine. Sound surprising? Daily using Listerine in my own family has reduced canker sore outbreaks significantly. It is a simple and inexpensive tip to try that may prevent future pain. For more moderate to severe cases of canker sores a prescription for “magic mouthwash” is available. An option for prevention our Hygiene Manager recommends is daily intake of a L-lysine supplement which can be found in the vitamin section of most grocery stores. Finally, take care of yourself. In our household, we find that canker sores commonly occur with cold and flu viruses. Making healthy lifestyle choices such as a healthy diet, exercise, and plenty of sleep can boost the immune system and may reduce your propensity towards canker sores.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Heather Schmitke
Administrative Support
Wendel Family Dental Centre

August 20th, 2014


Tooth sensitivity after dental treatment is very common, but nonetheless irritating. Why would a tooth hurt after it has just been restored? Has something gone wrong? What do I do? These are common questions with simple and complex answers.

Why would a tooth hurt after a filling?
After the completion of a filling, teeth may be hot, cold, or pressure sensitive, which is completely normal and known as pulpitis. Anytime a tooth undergoes the trauma of being drilled and restored, the nerve can become agitated and produce sensitivity that can last for days to weeks. The risk of sensitivity is even greater if the decay in the tooth was deep and close to the nerve. If your tooth is sensitive, give us a call. Your nerve may need greater time to calm down, or the tooth may need to be adjusted.

Has something gone wrong; I’ve been told I may need a root canal?
Nerve pain that produces sensitivity to pressure and temperature is normal after a filling and though many don’t experience discomfort after a filling, others do.  Sometimes, when the decay is too close to the nerve, a root canal may be necessary to restore the tooth. This does not indicate that a filling was performed improperly. Think of a filling as step one in restoring a tooth. If a filling is not able to restore a tooth sufficiently, a proceeding root canal and crown placement may be necessary. Fillings are more cost effective than root canals and crowns, and a dentist may attempt to save a tooth with a less invasive and more cost effective filling prior to performing more costly treatment.

My tooth is sensitive; what do I do?
Any time you have sensitivity, call us. We’ll ask you about your sensitivity and make recommendations that may help. Anti-inflammatory medication can be used, when appropriate, to help the nerve calm down, and adjustments on the tooth may help. After a filling is placed, the biting structure of the tooth is changed and further adjustments may be necessary to help alleviate pressure. Pain that keeps you up at night should not be ignored. Sometimes a tooth just needs time to heal. We can walk you through this process.

Administrative Support
Wendel Family Dental Centre

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