Dr. Andy Wood

Dr. Andy Wood has been with Qualicum Dental since 2010. Originally from Ontario, he received his Doctor of Dentistry from the University of Western Ontario. His preventive approach to dentistry, educates and gets the patient involved with the care of their teeth. Restorations are kept as small as possible and treatment options are clearly explained.

Having spent the previous 26 years at his own practice in Quesnel BC, he now resides in beautiful Qualicum Beach BC with his wife.They have 2 adult daughters and 2 grandsons from the eldest daughter, residing in Nanaimo, BC. He enjoys surfing, skiing, motorcycles, airplanes, hunting, fishing and occasionally sampling IPA craft beers and varieties of Scotch. He and his wife are most passionate about their grandsons and getting the family together.

Dr. Wood observes dental habits and their effects on the oral health of his patients. He regularly counsels patients in identifying and changing oral habits from clenching or grinding to suggestions on more positive dental snacks. Cavities are preventable and he is committed to sharing many ideas on how to do just that!



XYLITOL: The other sugar (5 carbon structure as opposed to 6 carbons) which gives the cavity causing bacteria indigestion, and reduces their numbers hence preventing cavities. *(a)  It is natural sugar alcohol made from various berries, birch trees, corn husks, oats and mushrooms. It also works well as a sugar substitute for diabetics. It can be used in most recipes except for those with yeast requiring sugar to help make yeast rise.
Xylitol products (bulk crystals, packaged crystals, chewing gum etc) can be found at Shopper’s Drug Mart in Parksville and Heaven on Earth in Qualicum Beach plus Naked Naturals and PharmaSave in both communities.
Directions: Mix 1-2 tbsp (2 – 4 gram packages) in ½ litre of water and use as a rinse prior to meals. Xylitol may also be used as a substitute in tea, coffee, desserts etc.
*(a) Dentistry Today, Volume 30 No.2 February 2011

After a tooth extraction, gauze is placed to apply pressure to stop the bleeding. A clot should form inside the socket and care be taken not to disturb the clot for successful healing. You will be dismissed from the procedure when the bleeding stops and provided with additional gauze to use at home should you need it. If you do, roll up 1 or 2 pieces together and moisten the side to be placed on the socket to prevent the clot from sticking to it and bite together or hold pressure again for 20 minutes to stop the bleeding.

A plain dark tea bag can be used as a pressure gauze if bleeding persists as the tanic acid in the tea will help to form a blood clot.

*IMPORTANT! – You should not smoke or drink through a straw as they require a sucking action which will dislodge the clot exposing the bone, causing severe pain. This is called a “Dry Socket“. The first 24 hours are most important. Smoking also greatly reduces the effectiveness of clotting and healing.


Most extraction procedures only require the following medications:

Ibuprofen: Anti- inflammatory with pain relief;  Use Advil or Motrin
Directions: Take 400 mg every 3 hours to a maximum of 2400 mg daily or 6 doses.

If additional pain relief is needed: continue with the ibuprofen plus use
Tylenol Extra Strength
Directions: Take 500 mg every 4 hours to a maximum of 4000 mg daily

*Excepting those people who have chronic kidney disease and those with heart disease.

A prescription for other medications will be provided if necessary.


Should the procedure require sutures, please make an appointment to return in 1 week to have them removed.


Please call our office if you have any concerns. 250-752-9122

If you GRIND or CLENCH your teeth, you can cause unnecessary extreme damage. Your teeth should not be together unless chewing food. The jaw should naturally hang in its rested position to prevent tooth damage and other associated discomfort. Most people are not aware that they clench or grind unless they are conscientiously observing their oral habits. Many resign to the idea that they grind at night and therefore need an acrylic night guard. However, once they have observed their oral habits may discover that they notice it happening during the day especially when concentrating on doing certain tasks.

The affects of grinding or clenching can include TMJ syndrome symptoms of sore jaws and/or headaches. This habit can also wear down the enamel and dentin of your teeth as well as break off cusps or fillings. Clenching and grinding can cause teeth to become loose and even cause teeth to move. Horizontal bone loss, which can be identified on Bite Wing x-rays, is also due to these habits.


Some toothaches are caused by grinding and clenching where the periodontal ligaments holding the tooth in its socket, become strained from the constant pressure. In some cases a person may clench so hard for so long, essentially cutting off the blood supply to the tooth causing the need for Root Canal Therapy. The tooth has died, but not from decay infecting the pulp.

This could have been avoided by learning new oral habits to replace the old bad habits. Once a patient is aware that they clench or grind they can try putting their tongue between their posterior teeth to prevent any clench/grinding.  This will give an immediate signal to the brain to relax the jaw. You will not bite off your tongue. This action is not visible to others and will protect the teeth from the fore mentioned damages.



Many patients understand that sugar is a main cause of dental decay. It is generally clear that sugar is found in candy and pop, however many patients are surprised to find sugar is also found in many of the snacks they enjoy or give to their children. These include fresh fruit, honey, fruit juices and crystal drink mixes, some vegetables (eg. carrots, beets, corn), milk products (pudding, whip cream), dried fruit (raisins, fruit leather, gummy bears), refined breads & crackers, potato chips & pretzels, other starches (which break down into sugars) and even added to some medicines (to encourage children compliance).

Acidic foods are also harmful to your teeth and will erode enamel, often causing sensitive teeth or the need for restorations to protect the exposed dentin. A few examples of acidic foods include energy drinks, gatorade, tomatoes, lemons/limes, some berries and pepsi/coca cola.

Better Healthy Dental Snacks include sources of the amino acid ‘arginine’. They include meats (pepperoni, jerky) & cheeses (cheddar, cottage cheese), peanuts, walnuts, almonds, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, papaya and 80%+ dark chocolate.

Arginine can be found in Animal sources such as dairy products (cottage cheese, ricotta, yogurt, whey protein drinks), meats (beef, pork), gelatin, poultry (chicken and turkey light meat), wild game (pheasant, quail), seafood (halibut, lobster, salmon, shrimp, snails, tuna). Plant sources include wheat germ/wheat flour, buckwheat, granola, oatmeal, peanuts, nuts (coconut, pecans, cashews, walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pinenuts), seeds (pumpkin, sesame, sunflower), chick peas and cooked soybeans,