Tiny Tooth Worms – Seriously?

In medieval times, most people thought dental cavities were made by tiny tooth worms? Yes, seriously. Tiny Tooth Worms.

They thought these little worms bore holes in the teeth and then hid, out of sight, beneath the surface.

The wiggling they did inside the tooth was believed to cause the pain of toothaches.

Thank goodness you don’t live in medieval times!

cute happy funny smiling tooth fighting mean looking bacteria - People once thought that tooth worms caused toothaches but we now know it is actually bacteria
People once thought that tooth worms caused toothaches but we now know it is actually bacteria

Today, of course, science has confirmed the truth about cavities. You now know cavities, or tooth decay, are caused by enamel-eroding bacteria in the plaque that builds up around teeth. When you eat sugary or starchy foods, the bacteria feed on the remnants left on your teeth, while simultaneously creating an acid that eats away at enamel.

Thankfully, you also know a lot more about preventing and treating tooth decay today than our medieval ancestors did. It really is quite a simple process to prevent dental issues.  Brushing, flossing and eating a tooth- friendly diet are all vital to good oral hygiene, and keeping your teeth healthy for a lifetime.

If you currently have a tooth that has been bothering you, now’s the time to call your dentist and have it checked. You’ll be thrilled to know it’s not being caused by a tooth worm!

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Getting Started With Your Child’s Oral Health – The Parent’s Guide, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for more information, to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094  or click here to visit our website.

Where Do Braces Even Come From?

Ever wonder where do braces even come from? You’re probably not alone.

So, as a fun fact and something inquiring minds want to know…

Here’s your answer…

Turns out, it was actually the ancient Romans who first attempted to straighten their teeth.

A.C. Celsius
A.C. Celsius

Aulus Cornelius Celsus documented his attempts to straighten teeth with the force of his own hand by applying pressure at certain regular points.

Celsus had reported success in his experiments, but it’s a little difficult to back up his work now. What is known is for years archeologists have found Roman burials with remains featuring a small gold wire on the teeth or what is left of them. Theories suggest the wire, known as a ligature wire, was used for a similar effect as Celsus intended. That being to straighten the teeth.

 

There is probably not a dentist out there who is using gold wire for you braces.

But it’s fun to know who thought up such an idea in the first place and how braces, as we know them today, came into being.

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides important information. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Consumer’s Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for more information, to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094  or click here to visit our website.

Dental Sedation Can Help You Overcome Your Fear

It’s generally acknowledged that many people (some reports state upwards of 25-30%) experience feelings of anxiety and dread about going to the dentist. You might even be one of them. Dental sedation can help you overcome your fear.

The problem is, fear is spilling over into other areas of your life.

By not having your dental issues corrected, here are a few things you might be experiencing:

  • Not being able to enjoy your favorite foods
  • Poor nutrition and health
  • Discomfort every time you bite down
  • Your grandchildren commenting on or even making fun of your teeth
  • Declining self-confidence
  • Losing the promotion that should have been yours
  • And more

 

It doesn’t matter who or what caused your level of fear and anxiety. The fact is, you’re being robbed of enjoying your life. Your fear is holding you back from not only getting your teeth fixed, but having a great smile, and more confidence.

 

With advancements in modern dental medicine, there are now a variety of sedation options geared towards any level of anxiety. You can see the dentist comfortably and without fear.

You need not even be awake for treatment
You need not even be awake for treatment

Whether you only need your teeth cleaned or require more extensive work be done in your mouth, there are sedation options to best suit you. And, there are even light sedation options for your children, if they should need it.

 

You may want to remain awake during your procedure and only need a light sedation.  Or, perhaps you prefer not to have any memory of it at all. Regardless, of the level of fear and anxiety and the dental work you need, you can discuss this with your dentist to accommodate your request! Have an open discussion about any anxieties you may be feeling so the best plan can be chosen for you.

 

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Patient’s Guide To Sedation For Dentistry: How To Get The Dental Work You Need Without Anxiety, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for more information, to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094 or click here to visit our website.

Dental Issues When Travelling

Most people think of travelling for only during the summer. But with winter breaks and the holidays just around the corner, many families and folks take off to get away during the winter months too. The last thing ANYONE wants to think about when they’re on vacation is sudden dental issues when travelling. Even the tiniest toothache can make a vacation or family outing turn most unpleasant.

Here are some helpful tips should the need arise…

If you’re flying, you’re likely to experience some tooth pain because of air pressure imbalances. This occurs when air enters your teeth through a crack, cavity, or space in your filling.  It then expands because of the pressure changes while flying. This type of toothache should only affect pre-existing problem areas and is common. The good news is, it should go away when you land.

If you have a toothache while flying and it doesn’t go away when you land, here are a few suggestions:

  • Rinse your mouth with salt water or hydrogen peroxide, then use floss to dislodge anything that might be stuck in your teeth.
Try dabbing some clove oil using a cotton swab to ease the discomfort of a toothache.
Try dabbing some clove oil using a cotton swab to ease the discomfort of a toothache.
  • If rinsing and flossing doesn’t work, clove oil can be helpful when you’re in a pinch. Apply a few drops (you may want to dilute it with olive oil first) onto a cotton pellet or Q-tip and apply it to the tooth that’s bothering you.
  • Perhaps you just had a tooth extracted? If that area is in pain or bleeding, apply a dampened tea bag (black tea is best) to the extraction site. Tea contains tannic acid, which acts as a natural antiseptic and can also minimizes bleeding.
  • You can also take painkillers. Ibuprofen is usually best, to help with the pain.

However, if the pain persists and you can’t wait for a fix until you return home, you may need to see a dentist while you’re away. Make sure to look at the credentials of the dentist before heading there. If in doubt call your dentist so they can help you decide where to go.

If you contact your dentist while you’re away, they should be able to determine a cause and start a plan to get you out of pain right away.

When you get home, go to the dentist for a check-up.

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Getting Started With Your Child’s Oral Health – The Parent’s Guide, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for more information, to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094  or click here to visit our website.

Is Invisalign Teen an Option for Your Child?

If you happen to have a child who needs braces sooner rather than later, metal brackets aren’t your only option. There’s one more to consider and this might just be what you and your dentist agree is the best solution for your child. Invisalign Teen works the same way as regular Invisalign does, except it’s specifically made with teens in mind.

Ah, teenagers. You gotta love them. But, sometimes you wonder how they make it out of the house with socks on. They forget their homework, forget to feed the dog…and sometimes yes, forget to put their traditional Invisalign trays in.

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That’s the beauty of Invisalign Teen!

Each set of Invisalign Teen aligner trays comes with a built-in sensor to let you AND your dentist know your child is using them correctly.

There’s been a lot of thought that went into the design of the Invisalign Teen. The best part is you won’t have to worry about your child forgetting to wear their Invisalign trays for the prescribed amount of time each day.

So, if your teen needs braces and you want to be certain they are wearing them; Invisalign Teen might just be your answer.

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? Getting Started With Your Child’s Oral Health – The Parent’s Guide, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for more information, to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094  or click here to visit our website.

Talk About Grinding Your Teeth

Do you or someone you love grind their teeth? If so, you’re joining over 610,000 people worldwide struggling with the same issue!

According to the Canadian Sleep Society, about eight percent of adults and 14 percent of kids report grinding their teeth a few times a week. It’s called ‘bruxism’ and can be linked to stress or anxiety. It could also happen as an inherited trait.

While grinding your teeth could happen at any time of the day, most people grind their teeth at night, while they’re sleeping. Many don’t even realize they’re doing it. One patient’s daughter said it sounded like she was chewing rocks in her sleep.

Even though you may not be aware that it’s happening, grinding your teeth can have devastating effects on your teeth!

For example, you may experience:

  • chipped tooth enamel
  • cracked teeth
  • loose teeth
  • sensitive teeth
  • flat, worn-down teeth
  • joint problems
  • a change in your face shape over time
  • and even tooth loss

Interestingly, according to the National Sleep Foundation, 1 in 4 people with sleep apnea grind their teeth at night,

But, if you grind your teeth while you sleep, how do you even know it’s going on?

Some symptoms of bruxism include:

  • loose teeth
  • neck aches, earaches, and dull headaches
  • a tired and sore jaw
  • a clicking sound, when you open your mouth.

If you think you may be grinding your teeth when you sleep (or one of your loved ones informed you that you were doing it), talk to a dentist. There’s a variety of treatment options as well as other recommendations to alleviate the potential damage that teeth grinding may cause.

A few of your choices might be:

  • a mouth-guard
  • a bite adjustment (correcting the way your top and bottom teeth fit together)
  • reducing stress
  • and medications to relieve sore muscles

This is one of those conditions, however, that should not go unchecked.

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Parent’s Guide to Children’s Oral Health, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for additional information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094 or click here to visit our website.

What Confucius Say About Your Wisdom Teeth

“To know what you know and to know what you don’t know, that is real wisdom.” – Confucius

 

There are a lot of myths surrounding “wisdom teeth”, some true and some not-so-true.

 

For example, did you know that 35% of the population is actually born without them? The debate goes on as to whether this is evolution or culture.

 

Humans no longer need these teeth for survival as they once did.  However, some researchers have looked into the link between how different cultures use their jaws, and whether or not they have teeth. For example, in parts of East Asia, it’s more common to find people without wisdom teeth. (Source – Oral Surgery of Utah)

 

Have you met with your dentist to determine if you have wisdom teeth? If you do, do you need to have your wisdom teeth removed? The assessment is easy and painless for you.

 

If you do have them and it’s determined you would be better off without them, don’t be nervous.  There are many different types of sedation patients can choose for the procedure. You can select from being “lightly sedated” with laughing gas, taking a pill, to being completely asleep with IV sedation. You’ll have no memory of the appointment!

 

So, if you know you have the wisdom teeth, but know you don’t know if they should come out…you do have the wisdom to seek advice from a dentist to decide what to do. Confucius would be very proud of your wisdom!

 

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Parent’s Guide to Children’s Oral Health, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for additional information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094 or click here to visit our website.

Give Yourself a Gift – A Beautiful Smile No One Will See Coming…

With the holiday season and all the gift giving over, now is the time to take a minute and think about something for you. A beautiful smile!

You know you have a problem with having crooked teeth. You’ve been meaning to have it taken care of but the thought of wearing braces just doesn’t excite you. And yet, here you are, at the end of another year, and nothing’s been done.

Well, what if there was a way for you to get your straight white smile for the new year, but without wearing braces?  Would you do it?

This is just as good.

Treat yourself to a straight smile with Invisalign
Treat yourself to a straight smile with Invisalign

The Invisalign straightening system is one that is becoming very popular. It replaces metal wires and brackets with transparent plastic trays. Over time, the trays gently push your teeth into place.

And the trays are practically invisible. No need to be concerned about the cosmetic concerns you might have about wearing conventional braces to do the job.

In addition, since the trays are easily removable, you can continue to eat, drink, brush and floss your teeth as normal.

This is the perfect gift to give yourself. A way to finally straighten your crooked teeth, but without looking like you’re wearing metal braces to get the job done. No one will see your beautiful smile coming!

In addition to this topic, we’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Smart Consumer’s Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for more information, to make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094 or click here to visit our website.

Fluoride in Your Drinking Water…What You Need to Know

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. As one might expect, it is very useful to restore the mineral qualities of tooth enamel. Fluoride has been so helpful for oral health and maintenance that some cities add small amounts to drinking water. It is generally safe in small quantities, and little is needed for dental fluoride remineralization gel treatments. Many studies have connected fluoride in the community drinking water to residents having less cavities.

You should know, Calgary does not fluoridate its water.  Since Airdrie gets the same water as Calgary, Airdrie residents do NOT get fluoride in your water either. Calgary actually stopped fluoridating their water in 2011 and has not since resumed. This is even though a study in 2016 by the University of Calgary showed that lack of fluoride in Calgary’s drinking water has led to an increase of residents with cavities.

It is truly unfortunate, but that’s what you have to live with. So, what can you do to keep fluoride as part of your treatment process?

There is a gentle foaming gel that can be applied to the teeth after thoroughly cleaning them. It’s so important for you and your kids to get the right amounts of fluoride to prevent unnecessary decay. You can also purchase such gels to use at home or toothpaste with a special extra-fluoride formula.

A word of caution

If you or your child is experiencing any tooth sensitivity, do not start using these without consulting your dentist first.

The additional minerals can be wasteful or even detrimental. Some patients may not be facing demineralization after all, or may have a rare sensitivity to fluoride.

While many people associate teeth sensitivity or cavities with older adults or to those who neglect their teeth; that’s not always the case.

Should you or your child be complaining of a tooth sensitivity; it would be good to make an appointment with your dentist and get it checked out.

We’re pleased to offer a FREE report that provides information vital to your child forming good dental habits. Why not get your copy now? The Parent’s Guide to Children’s Oral Health, is just a click away. And it’s absolutely FREE.

 

Also, for additional information, make an appointment, or have a question answered, you’re more than welcome to call us at South Airdrie Smiles at 587 805 3094 or click here to visit our website.

Lingual braces for your child? What are those? Your South Airdrie Smiles Dental Clinic Has the Answer

We’ve been covering the various types of braces available in the last several series of blog posts. We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention one final option – lingual braces!

Lingual braces are another great alternative to traditional braces as they are placed behind the teeth. This means that they look and operate like traditional braces but are not visible.

There are some challenges to having lingual braces. For example, they are the most expensive option. You’ll need to wear them longer, appointment times will be longer, and the placement of them is more challenging.

But if we’re going to cover ALL of the options available, we wanted to make sure we talked about every one of them so that you could make an educated decision. The key is knowing what is most important to both you.

If you’d like more information on choices lingual braces or have additional questions, give your South Airdrie Smiles Dental Clinic a call at 587-805-3094 (New Patients) or 587-819-5206 (Existing Patients).