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Enhance your smile! To book your free Invisalign consultation, call Dr. Kumudu Suriya at 604-593-7211.

Posted on 18 March, 2017 at 18:54 Comments comments ()

Free Invisalign & Clearline consultations!

Posted on 20 January, 2017 at 3:59 Comments comments ()

For free 
Invisalign & Clearline consultations 
with Dr. Kumudu Suriya, 
call 604-593-7211!

Enhance your smile with Invisalign & Clearline!

Posted on 26 September, 2016 at 4:29 Comments comments ()

Enhance your smile with Invisalign & Clearline!

Book your free consultation.

Call Dr. Kumudu Suriya at 604-593-7211

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BC Healthy Kids and other government assisted dental plans

Posted on 22 February, 2016 at 17:40 Comments comments ()
BC Healthy Kids and other government assisted dental plans
Dr. Kumudu Suriya, DMD
Government assisted dental plans may not be the solution to all your dental needs, but they can be helpful.
The best known Canadian federal government plans are related to refugees (1-888-242-2100), veterans (1-866-522-2122) and First Nations (1-855-618-6291).
The BC Employment and Assistance Program provides basic dental services to income assistance clients who are least likely to become financially independent.  These programs are known as Persons with Disabilities and Persons with Persistent Multiple Barriers.  Their dependent children, under age 19 are eligible for basic dental coverage.  These are commonly known as Ministry Dental Insurance plans (1-866-866-0800).
BC Healthy Kids plan (1-866-866-0800) also provides some dental coverage for children who have been approved for BC Medical Services Plan (MSP) premium assistance.  You may qualify for BC Healthy Kids plan prescription eyeglasses too.
In addition to these assistance plans, some colleges and universities have dental coverage for their students.
Before calling a dentist, call all appropriate numbers to obtain relevant information as applicable to your situation.  Having information ready will help you and the dentist.
• Dr. Kumudu Suriya, DMD (UBC) at Bear Creek Dental Clinic (604-593-7211) welcomes all -- insured and non-insured patients.

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Posted on 9 November, 2015 at 4:54 Comments comments ()
Snoring is a health hazard!
If you snore, we can help you.
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Bear Creek Dental Clinic
13588 88th Avenue, Unit 109
Surrey, BC V3W 3K8

Bear Creek Dental Clinic, Surrey, BC

Posted on 19 July, 2015 at 4:00 Comments comments ()
Make a difference with a healthy beautiful smile” has been my personal philosophy.  This has enabled me to see possibilities beyond obvious and to provide with very best care for my patients.
   Dr. Kumudu Suriya, Dentist
   BDS (Peradeniya), DMD (UBC)
   Clinical Instructor, UBC Dentistry

Bear Creek Dental Clinic
13588 88th Avenue, Unit 109
Surrey, BC V3W 3K8

Dr. Kumudu Suriya is now at Bear Creek Dental Clinic, 13588 88th Av., Unit 109, Surrey, BC

Posted on 17 December, 2014 at 4:51 Comments comments ()
I am no longer at the 68th & 152 clinic.
Now I am at Bear Creek Dental Clinic, 13588 88th Av., Unit 109, Surrey, BC.
Please call 604-593-7211 for dental and oral hygiene appointments.

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Oral health of your kids

Posted on 30 April, 2014 at 1:20 Comments comments ()
Oral health of your kids 
Dr. Kumudu Suriya    

We take our daily food intake through our mouths.  For this reason alone, it is imperative to have good oral heath.
If you are an adult, you can take care of your oral health.  The same cannot be expected from our kids.  It is the responsibility of parents to maintain good oral heath of their children.
Some parents take a very relaxed approach to taking care of oral health of their babies. However, with simple habits, you can easily improve on oral health of your baby. 
• After each feeding, use a clean cloth to wipe gums and tooth-buds of a newborn.
• When teeth appear, brush your baby’s teeth twice a day with a small soft-bristled toothbrush and water.  Brushing before putting to bed is especially important.
• Do not share toothbrushes or any other utensils such as forks, spoons sippy-cups among family members.
• Lift up your baby’s lip regularly to check for decay, white or brown spots on teeth.
• Never use corn syrup, honey or other sugar products on your baby’s soother.
• If your baby sleeps with a bottle, fill it up only with water.  Also plan to stop the bottle between 18 to 24 months.
• Train your baby to drink from a cup when the baby is able to sit up.
There is a range of opinions on what to expect from a toddler.  But, all agree that toddlers cannot be treated as fully independent children.  Toddlers are unable to clean their own teeth properly.  Brush for them.  As they grow older, you can brush with them.  When they are about eight years old, they can brush on their own with your supervision.  Even with older children, you still have to supervise them as the issue is not dexterity, but rather they cut corners with brushing properly or skipping brushing altogether.
As British Columbia Dental Association (BCDA) points out, use a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste and gradually increase it to a small pea-sized amount by age three.  This is especially important given the fact that much of the BC water supply is non-Fluoridated.
Brushing needs to be supplemented with flossing.  Focus more on where teeth are touching.  They are the areas that toothbrushes cannot reach.
Brushing teeth only is insufficient.  Brush your gums, tongue and other areas of your mouth.

As indicated in my previous articles, what you eat when and how will have an impact on your oral health.  If you have unhealthy habits, it is most likely that your children will learn them from you.  Integrate good in-house oral care into your daily routine. 
If you are taking your children to a dentist twice a year for checkups, it is easier to keep up with good oral health.  However, taking children to a dentist can put financial pressure on some parents.  This is especially true for some parents who are new immigrants, parents who have recently lost their jobs and families with relatively insufficient income or disabilities.  There are private and some government-assisted insurance plans such as Healthy Kids plan that can relieve you from this pressure.
Make oral health of children an integral part of your family health.

Dr. Kumudu Suriya, BDS (Peradeniya), DMD (UBC), is a dentist who practices in Surrey & New Westminster.  She is a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia and was a lecturer at the University of Peradeniya.

                                                                                                                                April 2014

Bottled-juice and Teeth

Posted on 25 January, 2014 at 14:03 Comments comments ()
Bottled-juice and Teeth 
Dr. Kumudu Wijesinghe Suriya  
It is hard to expect people to turn their backs to hip and cool habits.  There was a time that it was sugar-loaded pop.  Now, it is bottled-juice.  More and more kids and adults are alike walking around with bottled-juice in their hands in the name of health and nutrition.  But, is bottled-juice good for your health?  Is it good for your teeth? 

Data released in UK indicates that dental problems have become the third most common reason for children who have been admitted to hospitals.  Laura Donnelly sees bottled-juice as one of the contributing causes.  Her main point was simplified in the following The Sunday Telegraph illustration on “what’s hidden inside a bottle of fruit juice.”

It is hard now to find someone who does not understand that sugar left on tooth surfaces provide suitable conditions for harmful bacteria to multiply into colonies.  But, do all people understand that excessive levels of mouth acidity can damage tooth enamel.   Not all people who resist sugar-loaded solid sweets reject sugar-loaded pop.  It is important to understand that pop is not only sugary, but is also acidic.  When both sugar and acid are present, damage to teeth will happen at a faster rate.  In children, the negative impact is faster and more severe as their teeth enamel is softer than adults.

Some people who have rejected pop due to sugar and acid content seem to be less critical on bottled-juice.  They need to realize that bottled-juice can be sugary and more acidic than pop.  More importantly, drinking bottled-juice in between meals make the situation worse by making mouth acidic.

Brushing teeth after an acidic drink may not be the smartest thing to do.  According to Professor Laurence Walsh, waiting at least half an hour before brushing will prevent more damage to already softened teeth.

You are not helpless.  Take ownership on your actions and habits. 
 • Remember that bottled-juice is not the very best drink available. 
 • Do not give your child bottled-juice as a pacifier. 
 • If you need to have a bottled-juice, have it with a meal. 
 • If you cannot control drinking bottled-juice in between meals, do not drink them over several hours.  
 • To reduce juice contact with teeth, whenever possible use a straw to drink bottled-juice. • Between meals, drinking tap water is a healthy choice. 

Dr. Kumudu Wijesinghe Suriya, BDS (Peradeniya), DMD (UBC), is a dentist who practices in New Westminster & Surrey.  She is a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia and was a Lecturer at the University of Peradeniya.

Sri Lanka Times (BC, Canada), April 2013

Non-dental Toothaches

Posted on 25 January, 2014 at 13:11 Comments comments ()
Non-dental Toothaches 
Dr. Kumudu Wijesinghe Suriya
The causes of toothache can be dental and non-dental.  The majority of cases fall into dental origin.  For this reason, my previous article on Sensitive to Teeth Sensitivity focused first on toothaches of dental origin.  

This article conceptualizes on some reasons related to toothaches of non-dental origin.   When a patient believes that a toothache is originating from a tooth, the expectation is to treat that tooth.  If a dentist finds a problem in the tooth that a patient is isolating, the treatment of the tooth is often the solution.  When the toothache is present even after a procedure, it may not be a result of an unsuccessful treatment.  It is possible that in addition to a dental problem in the isolated tooth, the patient has unresolved toothaches of non-dental origin.  It is in this sense that looking only for problems in teeth can make diagnosis as well as treatment of teeth problematic.  It is also important to investigate on causes of non-dental origin that can contribute to toothaches.

Here are some non-dental causes of toothaches.

Muscle pain
Strain on jaw muscles can refer pain to teeth.

Migraines and cluster headaches 
Headaches that result from changes to nerves and blood vessels in our heads may feel as toothaches.

Heart problems
When heart problems refer pain to shoulder, arm and jaw, it is also possible to spillover pain to teeth.  

Problems in maxillary sinus 
Pain to upper teeth may be a pressure build up in maxillary sinus.  Usually this type of pain is felt in several teeth as well as pressure below eyes.

Salivary gland dysfunction In absence of protective saliva, the health of teeth and supporting structures will be compromised.  In addition, when salivary glands are dysfunctional, referred pain can occur in teeth.

Trigeminal neuralgia Trigeminal nerve provides sensations to face and teeth.  Trigeminal neuralgia is a nervous disorder that affects trigeminal nerve, causing intense pain in areas of face and sometimes mimicking a toothache. 

With advances in medicine and technology, there are new solutions to toothaches.  However, while elimination of pain is possible for some of these situations, other times it is only possible to manage pain.

In attempting to identify causes behind these toothaches, other health issues may be uncovered.  General dentists may need to refer patients to specialists or work in consultations with specialists when dealing with patients who have toothaches of non-dental origin.  When you visit a dentist, try to have an open dialogue without limiting to teeth.

Dr. Kumudu Wijesinghe Suriya, BDS (Peradeniya), DMD (UBC), is a dentist who practices in New Westminster & Surrey.  She is a Clinical Instructor at the University of British Columbia and was a Lecturer at the University of Peradeniya.

Sri Lanka Times (BC, Canada), February 2013