With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you may be feeling extra conscious about the state of your smile. If you’re planning a romantic evening out, or a quiet evening to yourself, you’ll want to ensure that your teeth are healthy and your smile as bright as ever. What are some things to look out for this Valentine’s Day in order to help protect your oral health?
Teeth whitening is a popular choice for many people throughout the year. If you’ve been thinking about teeth whitening for a while, Valentine’s Day might be the perfect source of motivation. While there exists a myriad of teeth whitening methods out on the internet, your results may vary from what they promise. Speaking to your dentist about teeth whitening is the best place to start.
Valentine’s Day is usually coupled with an increase in chocolate consumption. Perhaps you hope to gift a box of chocolates to a special someone, or take advantage of chocolate sales the day afterwards. Increased chocolate consumption means exposing your teeth to extra levels of sugar, which can increase the rate of tooth decay and enamel wear. Look for chocolate with lower sugar content and higher cocoa content to minimize this exposure. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, remember that it’s totally alright to indulge in a chocolatey treat every now and then, but take care to not overdo it. Ensure you brush your teeth well, and consider following your delicious treat with a swish of water to clean your mouth to have your smile looking its best!
Bad breath is something that all of us might feel conscious about, especially in a highly stressful first date scenario! Save yourself the stress and anxiety by ensuring a mouthful of clean pearly whites, free from the evils of halitosis. On the morning of your date, brush your teeth thoroughly and follow it up with an equally thorough flossing. Finally, use mouthwash to eliminate lingering bacteria, which cause bad breath, and you’ll be good to go! If your date is going to be lengthy, bring some sugar free mints to help freshen up your breath. Alternatively, pack a small oral hygiene kit to take with you in case you require a touch up.
Centennial Smiles wishes everyone an enjoyable Valentine’s Day! Whether you spend it with others or enjoy the simple pleasure of taking time for yourself, know that we’re here looking out for your teeth every step of the way! Looking to book your next dental appointment? Call us at (587) 317-7959 today to get started!
There is often a lot of talk about gum disease and the dangers associated with it. However, you may be under the impression that this isn’t something you should be worried about. So what if my gums feel a little sore every now and then? Well, we’re here today to tell you exactly what you should be concerned about.
Gum, or periodontal disease, is characterized by swelling, pain, and inflammation of the gumline. Although causes can range from lifestyle habits to having a genetic predisposition, it all boils down to the bacteria living in your mouth. If allowed to grow out of control, bacteria can easily colonize the gumline and cause inflammation, or gingivitis. If left untreated, this condition will worsen into periodontal disease, which is much more serious and harder to treat.
Gum disease causes a slow destruction of the support structures that hold your teeth in place. The infection can easily spread from the gums to the surrounding bone and cartilage. Furthermore, a severe case of periodontal disease can be threatening to more than just your oral health. Some research has found correlations linking those with gum disease to being at higher risk for heart disease. It is theorized that large bacterial infections may cause some bacteria to enter the bloodstream, where they can latch on to fatty deposits and contribute to arterial blockage.
Luckily for us, prevention is simple and effective. Brushing your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste remains a highly efficient method for keeping gingivitis far away. Follow up your brushing with a thorough flossing to really ensure that you’ve minimized the amount of harmful bacteria that have taken up residence around your teeth. Finally, finish off your night with a swish of mouthwash to kill off any stragglers. Congratulations, your attention to your oral hygiene has protected you from the dangers of gum disease!
If you’ve got swollen or bleeding gums that don’t seem to be getting any better with brushing and flossing, you’ll want to go and see a dentist. Centennial Smiles Dental is always happy to take on new customers, even if it’s simply to offer advice. Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (587) 317-7959 today!
Night guard — a small appliance that can protect teeth from the damage occurred during sleep when our jaws get to move wherever they want and teeth bear the brunt of unwanted forces. Often we feel like night guards don’t get the respect they deserve. Frequently, they’re thrown on night tables or into drawers, only to be taken out and dusted-off months later when the owner remembers their dental appointment in two weeks. Worse, sometimes they’re left for the dog to munch on because keeping it safe just seems like way too much work for the thing. But the reality is that a night guard can be vital to the health of teeth, gums, and jaw joints, and when worn as specified by a dentist, it can help keep the entire dental system healthy.
That’s a fair question, and many of our patients do wonder what’s the point and what will happen if they don’t? The majority of people prescribed a night guard are supposed to wear them because they grind or clench their teeth at night. Bruxism is the medical term for clenching and grinding, and it’s really come. Thousands (maybe even tens of thousands) of Calgarians are grinding their teeth every night. Sometimes the grinding is due to an imbalanced bite, but often it’s the result of emotional stress. A night guard doesn’t stop the action of bruxism but it does act as a cushion to protect teeth from sustaining damage from the incredible forces exerted during episodes of grinding and clenching. From chipping teeth and breaking crowns to creating gum inflammation, recession, and sore facial muscles, clenching and grinding isn’t something to ignore! Overtime this habit can cause significant damage to the mouth. Wearing a night guard can provide protection and also creates more stability in mouths that have bite issues.
A well-made night guard is very comfortable and can even aid in a person’s quality of sleep. Usually worn on top teeth a night guard is a custom-made appliance that is designed from a patient’s teeth impression. Varying in rigidity and thickness, a night guard fits over the biting surface of teeth and protects this surface during times of clenching and grinding. This protection saves the tooth structure from unnatural wearing and helps to prevent heightened tooth sensitivity, flat teeth, and chipping. Protecting teeth from grinding also helps prevent the nerves of teeth from becoming inflamed and traumatized by the pressure exerted. Finally, wearing a night guard can help prevent teeth from serious damage and give patients a better quality of sleep.
Here at Centennial Smiles, our team loves their beauty sleep, and we want to make sure all our patients get the best quality of sleep possible. If your Calgary dentist has told you that you grind your teeth at night, a mouth guard is a great way to help prevent damage and to sleep better. The dentists at Centennial Smiles would be happy to answer any questions you have about grinding and explain the numerous benefits of a night guard. Call us today at (587) 317-7959.
Deciding how to replace a missing tooth can seem overwhelming, as there’s more than one way to restore a smile. Talking with your Calgary Dentist about your dental goals and suitability for different methods of replacement can help you reach a choice of treatment that will keep you smiling for years to come.
If you need to replace a single or multiple teeth – dental implants can be a great option for patients who want to restore their mouth with a permanent fixed solution. Unlike a partial or full denture that is considered a removable appliance, and sometimes an unstable option, dental implants are a permanent method of replacing a missing tooth or teeth. And though a dental bridge is also another permanent option – the difference between choosing an implant or a bridge is in the treatment itself, as the bridge involves the preparation of the teeth adjacent to the space, whereas a dental implant is independent of other teeth and does not require adjacent teeth to be involved.
Some of the first patients to ever get dental implants were those who were used to dealing with the challenges of a partial or full denture. Because dentures have a tendency to move during speech and chewing, it’s normal for denture patients to become self-conscious and feel vulnerable sometimes. However, with the placement of dental implants a denture has something rigid to attach to, enabling the denture to function optimally thanks to increased stability. But even if you’re not a denture wearer and are considering the benefits of dental implants – the fixed nature of this tooth replacement system means added comfort and near-natural esthetics that replicate the nature of a natural tooth. Inserted directly in to jaw bone – an implant acts as the root of a missing tooth that is restored with a crown once healing has taken place. Suitable to be used in both the upper and lower arches – dental implants are considered a safe and effective method for restoring a patients smile and confidence.
Just because Mother Nature didn’t bless you with a perfect smile doesn’t mean you have to live with esthetic issues and bite concerns. Today’s orthodontic systems focus on correcting teeth and jaw abnormalities so that everyone can have the smile they’ve always wanted.
General Dentists at Centennial Smiles acknowledge that when it comes to straightening teeth most patients want to explore the option of removable, bracketless systems. The esthetic nature of these systems may enable even the most hesitant patient to move forward with treatment – as eating, brushing and flossing and social engagements aren’t hampered by orthodontic wires and brackets. Though not superior to more traditional orthodontic systems – bracketless options can meet both the esthetic and dental needs of patients.
Space + Force + Time are the required elements of tooth movement regardless of the system being used. The amount of force needed to be exerted on teeth to create the desired movement varies from case to case and is dictated by the amount of tooth correction required. Though Invisalign® does not involve brackets and wires; force is achieved by the customization of each aligner and the capability of the system to achieve the desired amount of movement. In a typical Invisalign® case a patient will wear a set of aligners over a period of 18 to 24 months. Each custom-made aligner is worn for approximately 2 weeks and is then replaced by the next aligner in the treatment sequence. One of the advantages of Invisalign® treatment is that the level of customization enables the dentist to map out in advance the entire orthodontic case and make adjustments in anticipation of treatment goals.
Invisalign’s® removability isn’t an open door to wearing the aligners sporadically. This system is highly customized and can estimate treatment times and results based on the aligners being worn for approximately 22 hours a day. The 2 hours that the aligners are not being worn is for mealtimes, sports activities and social engagements. When aligners are not worn in correct sequence or for the anticipated amount of time treatment goals may not be compromised.
If you’ve been thinking of straightening your teeth and would like more information on Invisalign® clear aligners, contact Centennial Smiles today!
All procedures performed by General Dentists.
Our last blog gave you the straight talk on flossing and teeth whitening – two topics that can sometimes stir up controversial opinions. At Centennial Smiles Dental we recommend both – regular flossing and creating a whiter, brighter smile that has you grinning from ear to ear. But back to debunking dental myths as there is still some misleading dental health information to dispel.
A root canal is a dental procedure that can relieve dental discomfort and restore oral health. A root canal is performed because the nerve of a tooth is diseased – as a result of decay, trauma and/or infection. The discomfort a patient experiences is caused by the nerve of the tooth dying and infection and pressure building in the tooth. When a root canal is performed the tooth is opened and the decaying nerve is removed – eliminating pain, discomfort and swelling – and all remaining infected tissue is cleaned out so that the tooth can be saved. General Dentists at Centennial Smiles explain that most patients experience relief from pain after a root canal has been performed and advise patients not to ignore a toothache as dental infection can quickly spread.
Nothing could be further from the truth – baby teeth or primary dentition not only enable a young child to chew and speak, but also provide guidance and space for adult teeth. Losing baby teeth prematurely to dental decay or trauma has a significant impact on permanent teeth that are still developing below the gums. With no form of guidance an adult tooth can either not erupt at all, erupt off course and end up behind other teeth or erupt too soon when it is not fully developed. Taking care of baby teeth instills in a young child the importance of regular dental care and maintaining oral health – something that will help prevent dental phobias and create a healthy smile for life.
At Centennial Smiles Dental providing the highest level of care and attention to patients’ oral health is the primary goal and objective. Believing that preventive dentistry is the foundation for optimal dental health – this group of dentists make your smile their priority. For more information regarding dental services available at this Downtown Calgary Dental Office – call today (587) 317-7959
Haven’t seen your dentist in a while? With the rise of oral cancer amongst today’s young people, it’s important to make regular trips to your dentist for prevention. Wednesday, May 13, Centennial Smiles, which is located in the downtown core, will be hosting a complementary oral cancer screening & education event! 4 out of 10 people with oral cancer die within five years of being diagnosed. Regular trips to the dentist’s greatly reduce the odds of developing oral cancer. The dentist can detect whether or not you’re affected through manual screening, which involves feeling of the lymph nodes, and checking out the mouth for abnormalities, or by using VELscope, an enhanced oral assessment system using natural tissue fluorescence to discover abnormalities in the oral mucosa.
From 7am-4pm, Dr. Rhemtulla and her team will be providing complementary oral cancer screenings to patients and non patients of the clinic, no appointment necessary. The goal of
the event is to raise awareness of oral cancer, kickstart your journey on prevention, early detection and to share the facts of oral cancer. Beverages and snacks will be provided to those in attendance, and the knowledgeable staff will be prepared to answer any questions.
Wonder how good your sunglasses are against those nasty UV rays? Stop by Eyedeology (in Centennial Clinic) and Dr. Farrah will review the effectiveness of your sunglasses, provide a free cleaning and adjustment of your lenses. The timing could not be more perfect with summer just around the corner!
Dr. Rhemtulla’s passion for continuous learning has taken her to the Las Vegas Institute (LVI). At LVI, dentists are educated on the state of the art technology, products, delivery systems and techniques that will allow them to provide comprehensive treatment to their patients.
The LVI philosophy is based on neuromuscular science which is an approach to dental treatment that focuses on the correction of jaw misalignment. A syndrome or dysfunction known as TMJ or TMD refers to the symptoms that develop when teeth, facial muscles, and jaw (temporomandibular) joints are out of alignment.
Most North Americans suffer from TMJ to some degree, and never suspect that their pain or symptoms are caused by problems with alignment in their jaw. It is often misdiagnosed and as a result they are never treated correctly.
Symptoms of TMJ/TMD can include:
* Headaches / migraines
* Facial, Neck and shoulder pain
* Ringing in the ears
* Loose teeth (not caused by injury)
* Sensitive and sore teeth
* Worn or cracked teeth
* Jaw pain
* Limited jaw movement or locking jaw
* Clicking or popping in the jaw joints
* Numbness in fingers and arms
Neuromuscular dentists determine the optimal position of the jaw in order to correct misalignment and adjust how the upper and lower teeth come together (occlusion). By realigning the jaw joint through the use of cosmetic dental restorations, tooth re-contouring or orthodontics, neuromuscular dentists strive to alleviate stress from the jaw muscles and eliminate painful symptoms of TMJ or TMD.
Dr. Rhemtulla currently treats neuromuscular patients but she will bring back the knowledge learned at this course to better serve her patients.
So in this case, what happens in Vegas Will Not Stay in Vegas!
Regular Dental Exams Help Prevent Serious Dental Problems
Here at Centennial Smiles, we value our patient’s oral health, and we are committed to preventing dental problems before they happen. In order to ensure your smiles health, we recommend that all of our patients, both big and small, visit us at least every 6 months for a routine professional cleaning and examination.
Don’t let you, or any member of your family become the victim of a preventative dental problem. If caught early—any serious problem can be properly avoided, and treated–saving you time, money, and your piece of mind.
Perspective on Dental Problems
A common example in children is the formation of small cavities on the surface of their teeth. Given enough time, it could spread to the inner layers of the tooth, leading to the need for a more invasive, and costly procedure: root canal therapy complete with a dental crown. Common symptoms of a cavity are:
One way to help prevent the formation of cavities on your child’s permanent teeth, which are more prone to cavities, would be to use a dental sealant. Dental sealants are a clear and protective coating that is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth; protecting the tooth from getting a cavity by shielding against bacteria and plaque.
You and your family members six-month exam, and cleaning are a critical part of a sound dental strategy: prevent advanced dental problems, and minimize the time and money you spend in the dental chair. So make an appointment with Centennial Smiles and take control over the health of your smile.
Summer is the time for enjoying the great outdoors. However, some popular summer sports – such as swimming and softball – can expose your teeth to danger. Here are several seasonal activities that could lead to dental injuries and ways to keep your smile safe:
Frequent swimmers may be at risk for developing yellowish-brown or dark brown stains on their teeth. Those who swim more than six hours a week continually expose their teeth to chemically treated water. Pool water contains chemical additives, which give the water a higher pH than saliva. As a result, salivary proteins break down quickly and form organic deposits on teeth. These hard, brown deposits, known as “swimmers’ calculus,” appear most frequently on the front teeth. Swimmers’ calculus can normally be removed by a professional dental cleaning.
Scuba diving can lead to jaw joint pain, gum tissue problems or “tooth squeeze”– pain in the center of the tooth. All of these symptoms are caused by the air pressure change involved in scuba diving and by divers biting too hard on their scuba air regulators. Tooth squeeze is caused by the change in air pressure, particularly if a diver has a big cavity, a temporary filling, gum disease, periodontal abscess or incomplete root canal therapy. The best way to avoid these problems is to schedule a dental visit before your scuba diving trip.
Contact sports (soccer, softball, basketball)
According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), soccer players are more likely than football players to sustain a dental-related injury. Soccer is a sport where mouthguards and face masks are not mandatory, increasing the odds for mouth and face injuries. Softball, basketball and touch football involve similar risks. When participating in such sports, a custom-fit mouthguard is your best protection.