Goodbye to my patients and friends

Dear Patients and Friends,

It is with mixed feelings that I am announcing the sale of my dental practice. Due to family commitments I will be moving to the mainland in the New Year.

I have truly enjoyed living on our beautiful lower island. I greatly appreciate the relationship I have had with my patients for the past eleven years and will always value the loyalty and confidence you have placed in me. I shall miss you all.

I have transferred my practice to Dr. Nancy Schmidt, as I am happy to leave you in her capable hands. I trust in her abilities to give you continuous and thorough dental care.

I will continue to be in the office periodically for a few months until end of 2015 to achieve a smooth transition. My staff will remain with the office and will be happy to assist you in this time of change.

In 2016 I am planning to work various locums in northern BC and in Vancouver area.  If you have any questions or requests please feel free to contact me at (250) 516-4311.

With Best Regards for your future health and happiness,


Dr. Paul Preis

Your Tongue Is Trying to Tell You Something Important About Your Health

You can learn a lot just by opening your mouth.


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Dietary Supplements: What the Industry does NOT want you to know

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Much of what we believe is shaped by what we see, read and hear. The media’s mes- sage about supplements–those substances regularly ingested as pills, powders and liquids by over one-half of all Americans in their quest to feel better and live longer–is decidedly mixed. We often read or hear stories about the benefits of taking supplements like vitamin E, St. John’s wort or coenzyme Q10. Often these stories refer to published scientific studies demonstrating usefulness. A week later, we read or hear a report about the dangers of the same substance, with warnings by a designated expert to stay away from it.

This is not an article about the media or politics, but a few words about what’s behind the news and what the media calls “science” are in order. Actually, one word is in order. The word is MONEY. Money vastly influences what is reported and the slant placed on that reporting. So where’s the money? Most ads on the nightly news are drug company ads. And newspapers and magazines today are full of drug company ads. This means we should expect enormous bias against anything that would take away from pharmaceutical profits. Do you want to trust Rather, Brokaw and Jennings–or your own judgement?

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Interesting Dental Tidbits

tidbitsYou may know all about basic dental care. Most people can tell you about the importance of brushing twice a day and flossing regularly. If you asked friends and family, they could probably list the virtues of eating whole grains, lean meats, and green vegetables to keep teeth and gums healthy. The majority of individuals, though, probably don’t know these fun facts:
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Does teeth whitening damage your teeth?


Home teeth-whitening products are convenient, easy to use, reasonably priced and sold just about everywhere. Media coverage of the rich and famous and their almost neon white, perfectly aligned teeth has been one influence in making people covet whiter and brighter chompers in the 20th and 21st centuries. Wanting white teeth, though, has been a pursuit for thousands of years, and according to the National Museum of Dentistry, even ancient Greeks and early Renaissance Europeans were applying mixtures and chemicals like full-strength bleach to their teeth in hopes of making them whiter, sometimes damaging and losing their teeth in the process [source:Mapes]. Available since about the year 2000, teeth whitening strips deliver a bleaching effect to teeth in a much safer and less painful way than the Renaissance method, but do they damage the teeth?

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Can you grow extra teeth?

Toothpaste Abrasion

Toothpaste can be good and bad.  Unfortunately the better it is at removing stain, the better it is at removing enamel also.  Stay away from the high abrasive toothpastes as they can remove the luster and polish of porcelain veneers and crowns and dull that beautiful smile. Also majority of tooth sensitivity to temperature can be attributed to excessive tooth wear at the gum-line, to which toothpaste choice is a major contributing factor. “I’ll brush harder to whiten teeth better” is a common motto leading to excessive tooth wear and abrasion without a visible effect of the “whitening”.
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Canker Sores

While no one really understands what causes canker sores, there are numerous things you can do to including trying home remedies for a canker sore.

What Do You Do If You Find Yourself With A Canker Sore?

The sores will usually go away on their own in less than a week without any kind of treatment. Of course, during this time it can be painful when eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. It seems like when anything touches one, the pain can send you through the roof.

If the pain is really beginning to bother you, you can apply over the counter medicines to it such as Oragel, Anbesol, or a number of other brands of canker sore cures. In addition, there are a number of wonderful all natural cures. Some people say that taking several Vitamin-C tablets, or Zinc tablets, is a canker sore cure.

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The 9 Foods You Should Never Eat

In today’s media many foods have been heavily promoted as being healthy when they are nothing more than pernicious junk foods.  Below I’ll list a few of perhaps the most commonly consumed “healthy foods” that pose a hidden danger to your health. (sourced from Dr. Mercola’s website).

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Sugar Facts

Recently, World Health Organization released some very concerning facts about daily sugar intake and its impact on health. WHO recommended to drastically reduce sugar intake in everyday life.
Nowadays, most people are aware of the high sugar content of sodas and pop.  What is interesting is that even “healthy” drinks such as fruit juices, smoothies, fruit cocktails etc. have equally high sugar content.  Quick look on Google reveals some interesting facts: UK Telegraph and The Huffington Post published quite alarming facts about how healthy are “healthy” drinks.  Interestingly there are very few if any links to US sources on Google – go figure!  

Please keep in mind: teeth can be relatively easily fixed or replaced, your body’s overall health is a much more serious matter.

  If you would like me to include my take on any particular topic, please leave a comment.

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