Your bright smile may need your help!

Do you have dull or discolored teeth?  Do they make you want to hide your smile, maybe talk with your hand in front of your mouth? Are you concerned it’s more than just being in need of a cleaning? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Many people are looking to find their bright smile.

Many people believe that all they need is an over-the-counter whitening kit if their teeth seem discoloured.  And often, that’s all that’s needed. However, the factors that had made your teeth “yellow” could indicate a sign of bad health or hygiene, or perhaps environmental influences.

Medicines or drugs :

can change the color of your teeth.  Minocycline (used in the long-term treatment of acne vulgaris, rosacea, rheumatoid arthritis, and periodontal disease) can turn them green-grey or blue-grey.  The antibiotics tetracycline and doxycycline, antipsychotics, certain antihistamines, high blood pressure meds as well as mouth rinses and washes containing chlorhexidine and cetylpyridinium chloride can cause teeth discoloration.

candies can discolour your teeth

Foods :

like candies, popsicles, tomato sauce, beets, curries, soy sauce and many more, if not properly cleaned can also change the color of your teeth.

Drinks:

are also common culprits when it comes to staining the teeth, especially those with high sugar and caffeinated beverages. Examples include energy and sports drinks, colas, wines, coffees, teas, and alcohol beverages.

Nicotine:

in its various forms; cigarettes, vape devices, and chewing tobacco can also discolor the teeth in a very short time as nicotine can aggressively damage the enamel. According to SAMHSA, tobacco chewing also causes gum disease, tooth loss, oral, esophageal, and pancreatic cancers.

Genes are also another factor in this case. Many people may have acquired brighter and thicker enamel from their DNA.

Really?!

As odd as it seems, too much fluoride is another source of staining of the teeth. This can come from your tap water in municipalities that add it or products like toothpaste and mouthwash. It is important to choose the right toothpaste for your teeth.

Therapies:

Though not as common, certain therapies for diseases such as head or neck radiation and chemotherapy can affect tooth color. And, believe it or not, babies may have the enamel on his or her teeth affected in utero if their mother develops certain infections while carrying them! Amazing!

Aging:

More typical though is the unfortunate issue of aging for some people. As the enamel in their teeth wears down, the natural yellow color of the dentin beneath the enamel begins to show. Unsurprisingly, trauma to teeth can also cause a change in color whether you are a child or an adult.

But, as you might have guessed, the most common factor or cause of this situation is having poor oral hygiene.

cartoon tooth flossing and showering

Brushing and flossing regularly can help keep your teeth clean, white and bright. Consistent brushing and flossing, done daily activity, it will bring the natural white color of the teeth back to life!

There are easy ways to help you with keeping (or returning) your confident smile:

Whatever the reason, if your smile isn’t what you’d like it to be, come in and see us. We’d love to give some ideas on how to make it better.

Call us at 587 805 3094 or click here to contact us.

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Dental Emergencies While You’re Away – What to do…

You decided to take a vacation and get away. You took all the precautions mentioned in the last blog. And yet, you still need more information to help you should you have dental emergencies while you’re away – What to do…

 

If you did arrange for additional insurance that covers you while you travel insurance; your first step should be to call your provider. Tell them the situation and ask for a referral to a nearby dentist who will accept your coverage.

 

Countries in Europe have similar dental standards and capabilities as the U.S. and Canada; so you should have no problem finding a dentist who should be able treat you.

 

If you’re out of your own country, you can call your country’s Embassy or Consulate for assistance. Or you can go online and research the International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers for recommendations on the closest dentist who can treat your emergency.

 

Most hotels, regardless of where you are, have a hotel concierge and they may lend some assistance, as well.

 

Preparation is often the best form of prevention when it comes to emergencies for you or your family. While you hope you never need to use it, as the saying goes…it is better to be safe than sorry.

 

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.

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies when Travelling

When you first decide to take a trip or be away from your home, there are many things to think about. Travel arrangements, cost of the trip, where to stay are all at the top of the list. If you’re like most people, thinking about a dental emergency while away is not high on the list at all. In fact, many people don’t even give it a thought, until it’s too late. Here’s some tips on how to avoid dental emergencies when travelling.

To help eliminate the need to deal with a dental emergency is to be prepared. This is especially true if you’re dealing with some tooth pain before you leave, Take a pro-active approach and do this to put your mind at ease.

 

Here’s 4 must know tips before you depart:

get a checkup before extended trips
get a checkup before extended trips

Make an appointment for a checkup:

If you have a history of gum disease or cavities, come in for a cleaning and tell your dentist you’re leaving for a trip soon. They can look for signs of problems you’ll need to monitor while traveling and give you tips for how to care for your teeth and respond to an emergency. It’s recommended to undergo any necessary serious procedures, such as a root canal, well before you leave, particularly if you are planning on leaving the country.

 

 

Check your dental insurance:

Many insurance policies don’t provide coverage overseas. An additional temporary dental plan may be needed to protect you while traveling.

 

Be prepared:

Travel with all you need to practice good oral health. If you’ve been struggling with pain, in addition to seeing your dentist before you leave, travel with over-the-counter painkillers such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. Also travel with toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss, and mouthwash, to care for your mouth while you’re away.

 

Watch what you eat:

You can decrease your likelihood of an emergency by minding your oral habits while on vacation. For example, you should avoid chewing on hard candies and similar foods that could cause a crack or chip. If you’ve been dealing with sensitivity, abstain from coffee, tea, and other acidic beverages to avoid aggravating the problem and needing to visit a dentist while away. If you do have dental sensitivity while you’re away, look for ‘Sensodyne’ or similar brand of toothpaste at a pharmacy. Apply a pea sized amount to the sensitive area after you brush your teeth and leave it on overnight.

 

A dental emergency is a scary experience — especially while traveling. But with some planning and forethought, you can care for your teeth before you leave and lessen the risk something will happen.

 

Certainly, you’ll take the same precautions for your children if the trip includes the whole family.

 

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: How to Make Sure You Choose the Right Dentist, 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.

Think Periodontal Disease Can’t Kill You? Think Again…

Gum infection, also called periodontal disease, happens when the bacteria gets out of control underneath your gums and erodes your jaw bone. It’s usually relatively painless and unfortunately, it’s irreversible. Think Periodontal Disease Can’t Kill You? Think Again…

This is actually more common than you might think…

Tooth decay and periodontal disease are the 2 leading types of dental diseases.

These are all signs that you have bacteria raging under your gums and are at risk:

  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad taste in your mouth
  • Bad breath.

Sepsis Can Kill

You see, as the bacteria multiplies under your gums, it may then enter your bloodstream. The same bacteria that started in your mouth start to create problems for the rest of your body. It’s all connected.

When allowed to continue, the bacteria can turn into a major problem such as sepsis.  And sepsis can be deadly.

The fact is, many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

The good news is…it’s treatable! You don’t have to worry about this any longer.

Simply by making an appointment with your dental hygienist, your situation can be assessed, and steps taken to remove the problem.  Hygienists have special skills and tools to win the fight. This is exactly why having a professional dental cleaning AT LEAST twice a year is recommended. If you do have periodontal disease, you may need to go a bit more often to keep things under control.

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.

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.

Get Ready – Get Set – Ask! How to Get Your Child Ready for Their Dental Visit

Some parents say when they make an appointment for their child at the dentist, they don’t tell their children until maybe the day before…if not later! Perhaps you do this too. Maybe it’s because you don’t want your child to be anxious about the visit or spend sleepless nights over the upcoming visit. Or maybe you don’t want to answer the bazillion questions your child will have. Instead, may we suggest these tips for how to get your child ready for their dental visit.

Bring your baby to dentist to familiarize them will make an easier time down the road
Bring your baby to dentist to familiarize them will make an easier time down the road

First, if you’ve been bringing your child to the dentist since they were babies, the anxiety and sleepless night prior to a visit should no longer be a problem. Your child already knows they’ll be safe. It won’t hurt. And, they’ll have fun seeing the dentist.

Now the bazillion questions…that’s another thing. Since they are now getting older and have thoughts and ideas of their own, it’s time to give them a chance to be heard.

Here’s 3 tips to help you get ready for your child’s next dental visit:

  1. Write down any questions you may have – Yes. You. Once the appointment is made, as things pop up in your mind…have a piece of paper handy and write them down. Everyone gets busy or forgets. But having them handy will help when the time comes.
  1. Ask your child what questions they have – Once you tell your child an appointment is scheduled, ask your child if they have any questions. If they can, they should write their own list, but if not yet…you can add their questions to your list.
  1. Encourage them to ask their own questions while at the dentist – Having them engage in a conversation with the dentist will lay a great foundation for years of happy visits to come.

It’s a great time to spend with your child getting ready.

Write your questions down and get set.

Then come to the appointment and ask away!

Note: If the question of using needles or freezing happens to come up…you can honestly play dumb. The fact is, you won’t know if the dentist is going to need those during their visit. By bringing it up or saying, “Don’t worry, they won’t use a needle today.” just increases the anxiety level. Better to circumvent this one.

During the visit and exam, it’s quite possible your dentist will answer some of your questions along the way. But, by having your list, you can be sure to have all your questions answered before you leave.

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.