Did you know that in the United States, over 5 million teeth are knocked out annually (from the American Association of Endodontists). Although statistics are not available for Canada, it can be certain that the number is similarly reflected for the size of the Canadian population. Knocked out teeth can result from sporting accidents, falls, motor vehicle accidents and other traumatic incidents.
You haven't had a chance to get to your Calgary dentist and your toothache has become unbearable. Your child’s been playing hockey and she’s been struck in the mouth. You were eating some popcorn and you’ve broken a tooth. Are these dental emergencies? What should you do now? Phone an emergency dentist in Calgary? Make an emergency trip to the hospital emergency room? Here’s what to do.
One of the most frequently asked questions by our patients to our Calgary dentist is how much will their dental insurance cover. The answer to this question depends upon many variables, including what insurance company the patient has, the type of dental plan the patient has, whether there is a deductible or administration fee associated with the dental insurance plan, and the type of dental treatment the patient requires.
Congratulations! Pregnancy is an exciting and busy time in your life. It’s also a very important time to make sure all aspects of your health are cared for, and your oral health should definitely not be overlooked! In fact, your oral health is particularly important because it not only affects you, but could also potentially affect the health of your developing baby. We are often asked by our patients whether it is safe to go to the dentist when they are pregnant and how pregnancy affects their oral health. Read below for the answers to these questions and more tips on how to keep your smile healthy during your pregnancy.
We hope everyone has had a chance to sneak in some relaxation during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
To give our hard-working and dedicated staff some time for some relaxation, the office of our Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk A. Thompson at Advance Your Health Dental, will be closed for a holiday break from December 25th to January 3rd 2021, and will re-open on January 4th, 2021 at 7:30 am.
Wisdom teeth are the third molars at the back of the mouth. They usually appear in teenagers and young adults between the ages of 17 and 25. Although in some people wisdom teeth emerge without any difficulty and naturally line up with the adjacent teeth, in some patients, there is insufficient room for wisdom teeth to erupt normally. Wisdom teeth are then said to be “impacted” or "partially impacted". Impacted or partially impacted wisdom teeth are relatively common.
COVID-19 is on the forefront of everyone’s minds these days. Have you ever wondered, however, how COVID-19 may be affecting your oral health? One of the biggest correlations many dentists are seeing which may be the result of the extra stress some of their dental patients are feeling during these challenging times is what some dentists are referring to as the “COVID clench”, or bruxism. Bruxism includes grinding, clenching and gnashing your teeth.
Many of us LOVE our spicy food, including our very own Calgary dentist, Dr. Dirk Thompson. But have you ever thought about what spicy food could be doing to your teeth? If you suffer from stained teeth, sensitive teeth or acid reflux, you may wish to consider how spicy foods may be affecting your pearly whites the next time you indulge in your favourite spicy food.
There are many different types of toothpastes appearing on drugstore and grocery shelves and it seems that there are always new toothpastes being marketed. One of the latest is charcoal infused toothpastes. Often these toothpastes are marketed as containing teeth whitening agents and claim to remove staining from teeth and even whiten teeth. These charcoal toothpastes come in a variety of forms, usually as a powder, tablet or paste.