Get Your Smile Photo Ready By Our Calgary Dentist

Get Your Smile Photo Ready By Our Calgary Dentist

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

Congratulations graduates! It’s that time of year again when students from high schools, universities, colleges and other secondary institutions are starting to prepare for the big day - graduation. You’ve worked hard for this major milestone in your life and you’ll want to celebrate all of your achievements that have taken so much time, effort and dedication (as best we can during these times of Covid-19).

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3 Fun Tooth Fairy Ideas From Our Calgary Dentist

3 Fun Tooth Fairy Ideas From Our Calgary Dentist

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

Losing your first tooth is a big milestone for children. Not only is it exciting to lose your first tooth, the anticipation of the arrival of the tooth fairy while your wee one sleeps has been a magical experience enjoyed for generations. Here are some creative and fun ideas to help the tooth fairy in making this time-honoured tradition both fun and memorable.

Of course, the most popular tradition is for the tooth fairy to leave some cold hard cash under your child's pillow while they sleep.  

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Our Calgary Dentist Shares The Scoop On Xylitol and Your Oral Health

Our Calgary Dentist Shares The Scoop On Xylitol and Your Oral Health

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

You’ve probably seen advertisements for xylitol and its dietary benefits as a sugar substitute. Perhaps you’ve even heard your dentist talk about xylitol, or your dentist has made recommendations to use xylitol containing products such as chewing gum as an alternative to chewing gum with sugar.  But what is xylitol and does it really have any benefits at all for your oral health? Here’s what our Calgary dentist wants you to know.

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Top 5 Questions Asked of Our Dentist About Your Toddler’s Teeth

Top 5 Questions Asked of Our Dentist About Your Toddler’s Teeth

 By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

February is National Children’s Dental Health month and, as a parent, your child’s health is very important to you and their dental health is an integral aspect of their overall health.  At our Calgary dentist office, we are often asked similar questions regarding baby’s and young children’s dental health so we’ve put together some of our most frequently asked questions regarding how you can help to ensure your child gets a healthy start with their oral health.

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Why Our Calgary Dentist May Take Your Blood Pressure At Your Next Dental Visit

Why Our Calgary Dentist May Take Your Blood Pressure At Your Next Dental Visit

By Advance Your Health Dental | Dr. Dirk Thompson, D.D.S. | Calgary Dentist

You may be surprised to learn that at your next dental appointment at our Calgary dental office, we may ask if we can take your blood pressure. Although patients may expect this at their physician’s office, it may seem out of the ordinary at a dental office. Here’s a breakdown of why we have implemented this protocol at our dental office.

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Ask Our Calgary Dentist: The corner of my lip is cracking and painful. What could this be?

Ask Our Calgary Dentist: The corner of my lip is cracking and painful. What could this be?

Have you ever experienced a scabbed, painful, crack in one or both corners of your lip?  If you have, you may have been suffering from a rather uncomfortable condition known as angular cheilitis.  Angular cheilitis can be caused by a variety of issues.  Luckily, this painful condition can usually be assessed and treated by our Calgary dentist or your physician.

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When Should I Use A Mouthguard?

When Should I Use A Mouthguard?

Preventing injuries while playing sports is an important element in the care and maintenance of your overall oral health.  One of the main ways in which adults, teenagers, and young children alike can prevent injuries to their mouth, teeth, face, lips and jaw is by consistently wearing a mouthguard while participating in any sporting activities where there is any risk of injury to the face.  Geneally, your Calgary dentist can fabricate a mouthguard for you or your child in one short visit.

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How Can My Calgary Dentist Help With Chronic Bad Breath?

How Can My Calgary Dentist Help With Chronic Bad Breath?

Halitosis, also known as chronic bad breath, can be a troublesome and embarrassing condition.  Although such products as gum and mouthwash can temporarily mask unpleasant odours, generally patients suffering from chronic bad breath require additional intervention beyond what an over-the-counter breath solution and even good oral hygiene routines can accomplish.   In determining how to solve or minimize halitosis, the first step your dentist will want to do is identify the cause or causes of your bad breath.

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Can A Knocked Out Tooth Be Saved by Your Emergency Dentist in Calgary?

Can A Knocked Out Tooth Be Saved by Your Emergency Dentist in Calgary?

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.

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Emergency Dentistry: When Do I Have A Dental Emergency?

Emergency Dentistry: When Do I Have A Dental Emergency?

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.

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How Does My Dental Insurance Work?

How Does My Dental Insurance Work?

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.

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Pregnancy and Your Oral Health Discussed By Our Calgary Dentist

Pregnancy and Your Oral Health Discussed By Our Calgary Dentist

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.

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Simple Ways to Maintain Your Oral Health.

Simple Ways to Maintain Your Oral Health.

Happy New Year Everyone! We hope that this new year brings you many happy, healthy smiles.  As we start this new year with much hope and anticipation for a healthier new year, we encourage everyone to not neglect their oral health.  As our Calgary dentist and hygienists emphasize to our patients, our oral health is intrinsically linked to our overall health and therefore it is important to attend to any oral health issues we may have now and to maintain our oral health in order to avoid possible larger and more significant oral health issues with our teeth, gums and jaw.

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Calgary Dental Office Holiday Break

Calgary Dental Office Holiday Break

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. 

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What You Need To Know About Wisdom Teeth

What You Need To Know About Wisdom Teeth

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.

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Is Stress Affecting Your Oral Health?

Is Stress Affecting Your Oral Health?

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.

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Is Spice Not So Nice (for your teeth)?

Is Spice Not So Nice (for 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.

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Is Charcoal Toothpaste Safe?

Is Charcoal Toothpaste Safe?

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. 

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